Shining A Light on the Dark Continent

Memorial Service for Fallen Airmen in Afghanistan

MemorialOn May 10, 2011, Dave led a memorial service for Maj. David “Klepto” Brodeur and the eight other American military people killed at the Kabul International Airport by a rogue Afghan pilot.

About 80 people attended the voluntary service including the Camp Lemonnier Commander, unit commanders and representatives from all the service branches at Camp Lemonnier.

The planning team organized the service so that if someone in the camp knew one of the victims, that person read a short biography of the deceased. Otherwise, volunteers from the victim’s branch of service read the biography.

Camp Lemonnier Public Affairs also filmed the service and sent a copy to each of the families of the fallen.

“I’ve been so impressed by the planning team. It’s probably the most organized memorial service I’ve seen,” Dave said. “Execution went well. The only ‘weak’ spot was the final hymn. The music was too soft and the leader did not know the song.”

Dave’s emotions were very near the surface when his boss, a rabbi, gave him some feedback and Dave snapped at him.

“Too raw, too close, too soon,” he wrote in his journal.

I know I have focused on Klepto in these last posts, but I do want to remember the others who lost their lives on that day.

  • Lieutenant Colonel Frank D. Bryant, Jr. – Luke AFB, AZ
  • Major Philip D. Ambard – Buckley AFB, CO
  • Major Jeffrey O. Ausborn – Randolph AFB, TX
  • Major David L. Brodeur – Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK
  • Major Raymond G. Estelle II – Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA
  • Major Charles A. Ransom – Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA
  • Captain Nathan J. Nylander – Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
  • Master Sergeant Tara R. Brown – Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Facility, MD
  • Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel James A. McLaughlin

May you all rest in peace and know you are not forgotten, nor are your families.


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