156th Airlift Wing Welcomes Home Fallen Airmen

The 156th Airlift Wing held a Dignified Arrival here for eight of the nine fallen Airmen who perished in a WC-130 Hercules crash in Georgia earlier this month.

A Dignified Arrival is a solemn event whereby the remains of fallen service members are returned to their family.

Maj. José “JR” Román, an instructor and evaluation pilot, Maj. Carlos “Dulzura” Pérez-Serra, a master navigator and chief of weapons and tactics evaluator, Senior Master Sgt. Jan A. Paravisini-Ruiz, a maintenance management analyst, Master Sgt. Mario “Sulli” Braña, a flight engineer, Master Sgt. Eric “Quillo” Circuns, a senior evaluator loadmaster, Senior Master Sgt. Victor “Vitin” Colón, an aircrew flight equipment craftsman, Master Sgt. Jean M. “Audi” Audiffred Rivera, an aircraft maintenance craftsman and flying crew chief, and Senior Airman Roberto Espada, an aircrew flight equipment journeyman, were returned to Puerto Rico with military honors.

Col. Raymond Figueroa, commander of the 156th Airlift Wing, said the Dignified Arrival honored their service and sacrifice to their nation and their island.

“While our military traditions show our brothers the respect they deserve, no ceremony will ever heal the wounds of losing these beloved husbands, fathers, brothers, sons, nephews, cousins and friends,” Figueroa said. “These Airmen are now back on their native land.”

He added, “Son Boricua, son Bucaneros, they will be forever in our memories.”

Which is translated to mean “they are Puerto Ricans, they are Buccaneers, they will be forever in our memories.”

First Lt. David “Lani” Albandoz, a co-pilot, will return to Alabama with military honors.

All nine will be laid to rest in the coming days.

Story by Staff Sgt. Julio Olivencia Jr
156th Airlift Wing

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PGR Honor Mission David Wayne Bradley, USMC

David Wayne Bradley, Retired
USMC – Vietnam
Pensacola, Florida – 10 May 2018

The Patriot Guard has been invited by the Family of Sgt David W. Bradley, United States Marine Corps, to stand in his honor and escort him to the Barrancas National Cemetery.

Sgt Bradley served in the United States Marine Corps from May 1965 to May 1970. Sgt Bradley was awarded the Air Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/2 Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Air Crew Wings and the Rifle Marksman Badge. Sgt Bradley was retired on 31 May 1970.

Primary Staging Time: 10:15 A.M.
5480 Pensacola Blvd
Pensacola, Florida –

Ride Captain:
Roy W. Pippin

Special Instructions:
Naval Air Station requires long sleeve shirts, long trousers, long fingered gloves, DOT Approved helmets, leather foot wear covering the ankles and appropriate eye protection. This attire will be maintained at all times while riding aboard the base.

11:00 a.m. – Briefing for all riders
11:15 a.m. – KSU to Faith Chapel Funeral Home South, 100 Beverly Pkwy, Pensacola, Fl.
12:00 a.m. – Roll Time to Barrancas National Cemetery, with escort
12:30 a.m. – Honors at Barrancas National Cemetery, Site B

Flags & Water:
Flags Will Be Provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water will be provided.

Submitted By: Ray Doyle
Position: Assistant State Captain

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Patriot Guard Riders Mission

Honor Mission

William “Will” David Dew, Veteran
USA – Vietnam
Raleigh, North Carolina – 24 Mar 2018

Patriots, we have been asked to stand and honor PFC William “Will” David Dew who served in Vietnam as a door gunner on a UH-1 Huey. He was awarded the National Defense Medal, Aircraft Crewman’s Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
As PFC William Dew stood for us it will be our honor to stand for him.

Primary Staging Time: 12:15 P.M.
City of Oaks Crematory (parking lot)
4900 Green Rd.
Raleigh, North Carolina – 27616
Ride Captain:
Charles Bullock

Special Instructions:
Brief 12:45 pm
Flag line 1:00 pm
Stand down 2:00 pm
Flags & Water:
Flags Will Be Provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water will be provided.

Submitted By: Charles Bullock
Position: Assistant State Captain

Mission details are subject to change.

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Gary Sinise Foundation

At the Gary Sinise Foundation, we serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders,their families, and those in need.

We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate,inspire, strengthen, and build communities.

The experiences of war leave an indelible impact on our servicemen and women. As they return to civilian life, the physical, emotional and psychological challenges they face are often difficult. As citizens, supporting the heroes who defend our nation is a responsibility we can share. We are all beneficiaries of the freedom and security they fight to protect.

The Gary Sinise Foundation was established under the philanthropic direction of a forty-year advocate for our nation’s defenders, actor Gary Sinise. Its outreach supports those who sacrifice to defend our country: active duty, veterans, first responders, and their loved ones. While our mission is broad, we’ve created nine key programs to show gratitude for our American heroes through entertainment, family support, and acts of appreciation.

The Gary Sinise Foundation builds specially adapted smart homes for America’s severely wounded veterans through its R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment). Each home features automated amenities to ease the daily challenges these heroes face. In addition, R.I.S.E provides adapted vehicles, mobility devices, and home modifications to injured, wounded, ill and/or aging heroes from all conflicts.

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Additionally, the Gary Sinise Foundation is showing appreciation through Serving Heroes, a program providing hearty, classic American meals to our defenders across the country. It’s a special way to remind them that they are on our minds and that we appreciate their service. The Arts & Entertainment Outreach program now includes the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Each theatre provides dinner and a performance to local veterans free of charge.

Through our Ambassador Council we’re sending representatives to inspire, educate, and remind communities to recognize their local veterans and to remember the sacrifices made by all of American defenders.

In 2015, the Gary Sinise Foundation launched Soaring Valor with The National WWII Museum and American Airlines. The program provides WWII veterans a chance to visit the museum and supports documenting their first-hand accounts of the war on video for future generations.

The Gary Sinise Foundation works to ensure the sacrifices of America’s defenders and their families are never forgotten.

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