March to honor fallen airmen
Thursday, 15 October 2009 10:36
Twelve Airmen are relaying more than 800 miles, across five states to honor a fallen comrade.
With 50-pound rucksacks and unwavering motivation, special tactics Airmen from Hurlburt Field and Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, embarked on a 10-day trek along the southern United States in memory of Staff Sgt. Tim Davis. Sergeant Davis, a combat controller with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, was killed in action in Afghanistan February 20. The march, which began October 6 and will conclude October 16, also honors 11 other fallen ST Airmen. The six two-person teams will complete their final stretch Friday, October 16 at Hurlburt. They will present 12 batons they are carrying, each engraved with the name of a fallen Airman, to the commander of the Special Tactics Training Squadron here. The name of each fallen warrior resides on the wall of heroes at the STTS. The Combat Control Association will hold its annual memorial service Saturday, October 17, and unveil a monument for Davis at Hurlburt Field Air Park.
First Lt. Sam Schindler and Master Sgt. Ken Huhman, lead organizers and comrades of Sergeant Davis, also hope to raise awareness and support for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The foundation provides full scholarships and family support to the surviving children of fallen Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps special operations personnel.
For details on the march, visit www.firstgiving.com/samschindler.
For more information on the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, visit www.specialops.org