Small Sacrifice in Honor of the Ultimate Sacrifice

From: Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs
by Maj. Kristi Beckman

A team of 18 special tactics have one objective in mind: honor the fallen.

The team began an 812-mile march from Medina Annex, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas to Hurlburt Field, Fla., to commemorate 17 fallen comrades.

As they marched out at 5 a.m. in the darkness, carrying 50-pound rucksacks and a baton with a fallen Airman’s name, the only sound heard was the footsteps of the marchers, and it was almost as if the seventeen fallen were marching with them.

Major Travis Woodworth, Special Tactics Training Squadron commander, said the meaning of the memorial march is not one of these men’s deaths is in vain.

“Every day I walk into the squadron and see their faces on our memorial wall,” Woodworth said. “This march will ensure new operators and young Airmen don’t ever forget the cost of freedom.”


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