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Staff Sgt Robert Daniel Rogers

November 8th, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

rogersBorn: February 21, 1980 in Germany
Died: November 8, 2007 in Aviano, Italy

Staff Sergeant Roberts D. Rogers was born in Ulm, Germany, the son of Anna and Robert Allen Rogers while his father was stationed there. The family moved to the United States when Robert was 3 months old, living first at Fort Huachuca Arizona and then Sierra Vista, Arizona. Robert attended Shiloh Christian School from kindergarten until his high school graduation, where he was named salutatorian in May 1998. As a child Robert loved to draw, assemble Lego airplanes and helicopters from memory. He would much rather read than watch movies. He helped his Mom keep house, cook, and do laundry — all skills that followed him to his adult life. Robert excelled at everything and especially loved mathematics. As a teenager he belonged to the Civil Air Patrol because of his love for planes and flying. He loved adventure and on his 18th birthday he skydived for the first time. He also loved repelling, rock climbing, white water rafting and was training for his scuba diving license. While in Sierra Vista he attended Cochise College and worked for Marriott Food Service and United Parcel Service. At the time of his death, he lacked only three credits from receiving the associate’s degree in avionics systems technology. He enlisted in the Air Force in 2001 attending basic training at Lackland Air Force Base and technical training at Sheppard Air Force Base, both in Texas. His assignments included Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea; and Aviano Air Base, Italy. He served in various positions within the Air Force Avionics community-including avionics sensors system team member, journeyman and team leader. Other awards were Avionics Flight NCO of the Quarter, July-September 2006; nominated for the 2007 Leo Marquez Award for Aircraft Maintenance; received the Air Force Commendation Medal for his service at Aviano Air Base. He was the 2005 Maintenance Professional of the Year and Lantirns top technician for the 31st Fighter Wing in Italy. He was never content to just tell you how to perform a task, instead he wanted to jump in and show you how it was done. He lived every day to the fullest and his infectious laugh and dry sense of humor lifted spirits daily. Robert was a devoted, “super daddy” and the “best dad ever” to his 5-year-old son, Isaiah Sky Rogers, the center of his life, who lived with him in Italy. He is survived by his mother, Anna (Dan) Showalter; his father, Robert Allen (Carol) Rogers; brother Karl Rogers. Lanea Rogers, his wife, also survives him, as well as many relatives in Germany and Washington state. Robert was killed while serving as the team leader for an avionic sensor team when a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a training exercise near Aviano Air Base in Italy. He was buried at Southern Arizona Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Sierra Vista, Arizona – Sec 4 Site 80

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