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PARTIAL LIST AT THIS TIME 2006 Sr. Airman Alecia S. Good Hometown: Broadview Heights, Ohio, U.S. Age: 23 years old Died: February 17, 2006 in Operation Enduring Freedom. Unit: Air Force, 92nd Communications Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base,Wash. Incident: Killed when two CH-53 helicopters crashed near Ras Siyyan, northern Djibouti, while flying a training mission in the Godoria Range area. SrA. Good was deployed to Djibouti as part of the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. She died on a training mission in the Godoria Range area, when the CH-53 helicopter she was aboard crashed into the Gulf of Aden, in the vicinity of Ras Siyyan in northern Djibouti. Alecia Sabrina Good GOOD ALECIA SABRINA GOOD, 23, Senior Airman, U.S. Air Force, pass-ed away this past Friday, Feb. 17, 2006, from injuries sustained in a helicopter collision while on assignment off the Red Sea in the Gulf of Adan. Alecia enlisted Oct. 11, 2001 in Bedford, and was assigned to bases in San Antonio, TX, Biloxi, MS and most recently Fairchild AFB in Spokane, WA. She was an avid snowboarder. Survivors include her loving daughter, Tabatha Jordyn Good of Dixon, CA.; loving parents, Paul and Claire of Dixon, CA.; twin sister, Ashley Priscilla Good of Pacifica, CA.; brother Paul Steven Good of Dixon, CA.; paternal grandmother Gatha B. Good of Brook Park; maternal grandmother and step grandfather, Patricia and Richard Strauss of Middleburg Hts.; aunts, Liz Geith of Berea, and Rita Weinber-ger of Tucson, AZ.; uncle Paul Baluch of Brooklyn, OH.; cousins Michelle Bal-uch of Brunswick, Allison Weinberger of Cleveland, and Benjamin Weinberger of Tucson, AZ. Predeceas-ed by her grandfathers, Paul E. Good Sr. in 1993 and Paul Baluch in 1978. Friends are invited FOR VISITATION SUN-DAY, FEB. 26 FROM 12 NOON-6 P.M. AND MONDAY FROM 3-8 P.M. IN NADEAU FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 180 E. MONTE VISTA AVE., VACAVILLE, CA., 707-455-7700. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1 p.m. at Crossroads Christian Church in Vacaville, CA., with Pastor Bruce Gallaher officiating. Burial with full military honors to follow in Silveyville Cemetery, Dixon, CA. A Trust Fund has been set up for Alecia's daughter and donations may be forwarded to Anheiser-Busch Employee Credit Union, 2351 N. Watney Way, Suite A, Fairfield, CA 94533 or call 707-429-0105. www.cleveland.com/obits Published in The Plain Dealer from February 23 to February 25, 2006 Airman laid to rest Members of the Travis Air Force Base Honor Guard performs a military flag folding in honor of Senior Airman Alecia Sabrina Good. Airman Good was buried with full military honors in Dixon California, on Feb. 28. The 23-year-old Air Force radio operator died in helicopter crash in the Arden Sea off the coast of Djibouti on Feb. 17. (US Air Force photo by Nan Wylie) Airman laid to rest Senior Airman Alecia Sabrina Good's flag-draped coffin is saluted by the Travis Air Force Base Color Guard at the Silveyville Cemetary in Dixon, Calif. Airman Good was buried with full military honors on Feb. 28. The 23-year-old Air Force radio operator died in helicopter crash in the Arden Sea off the coast of Djibouti on Feb. 17. (US Air Force photo by Nan Wylie) Master Sgt. Brad A. Clemmons Hometown: Chillicothe, Ohio, U.S. Age: 37 years old Died: August 21, 2006 in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Unit: Air Force, 354th Civil Engineer Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska Incident: Killed when a makeshift bomb struck his vehicle in Taji. Brad Allen Clemmons Master Sergeant, United States Air Force NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense No. 801-06 IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 23, 2006 Media Contact: (703) 697-5131/697-5132 Public/Industry(703) 428-0711 DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of an airman who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Master Sergeant Brad A. Clemmons, 37, of Chillicothe, Ohio, died August 21, 2006, when an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle. The vehicle was part of a transportation convoy enroute to Taji, Iraq. Clemmons was assigned to the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Media with questions related to this release should contact the Eielson Air Force Base public affairs office at (907) 377-2116. 1 September 2006: Words were hard to find for friends and family of Brad Clemmons Thursday afternoon as the Air Force Master Sergeant made his final trip home. Clemmons, 37, was killed August 21, 2006, in Iraq after an improvised explosive device destroyed the Humvee he was in. Brad's wife, Rebecca, smiled as she remembered her husband prior to Thursday's funeral services, during which Clemmons was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. "He was a great man. He loved people, he loved kids, he loved this country and he loved working for the Air Force," she said. Rebecca said she and her husband had returned to Chillicothe every year of their four-year marriage, usually in December. She laughed thinking of the times Brad would drive her onto Ross County's back roads - roads she now knows by heart. John Stubbs, of Waverly, greeted Rebecca prior to the beginning of the services. He fumbled his words slightly, not knowing quite what to say. Stubbs is a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, a motorcycle group dedicated to protecting grieving families from anti-war protesters through non-violent means. "I'm just glad the other side wasn't here," Stubbs said. "Thanks so much," Rebecca said. "I appreciate seeing you guys." Once back in line outside the funeral home with the other riders, Stubbs said he and the rest of the volunteers were invited by the family and just want to show their support for the fallen serviceman. "I don't know how to say it," Stubbs said. "If I can do anything, and I'm sure the other (riders) feel the same, they'd jump right in." Technical Sergeant Tim Sterner had known Brad since October 1995. The two remained close despite being separated by thousands of miles. Brad was the best man in Sterner's wedding. Sterner is trim with broad shoulders who carries himself with formality. On this day, his face broke and his eyes watered as he began talking about his fallen friend. "He's the kind of guy who would give you anything," Sterner said, looking through the window of the funeral home toward the riders holding flags outside. "I'm sure there are better ways of putting that." Sterner said his friend was not only a good friend, but a good soldier. "What's the best way to put it? When he saw a job that needed done, he'd latch onto it. He was a bulldog," Sterner said. "If it needed done, it was getting done, and nothing was going to stop him," Rebecca said. Pastor Doug Hudson, the pastor of Trinity Reform Church in Ramstein, Germany, conducted the funeral service. Brad and Rebecca met while they both were stationed in Germany and attended the church led by Hudson, an Army Reserve chaplain. "The one thing I can say about Brad: I'm not sure he was afraid of anything," Hudson said. Hudson spoke of Brad's professionalism and extensive knowledge in diverse areas. He spoke directly to Brad's two sons, 3-year-old daughter and Rebecca, who, shortly before Brad was killed, told him she was pregnant. Hudson quoted Ecclesiastes and told the family there was a time for every season. "I want you to remember these seasons in particular: there is a time to be born and a time for laughter," Hudson said. Rebecca kept her composure during the service and read a poem she had written for Brad. "I wrote this a long time ago when we were dating," she tells the audience. The poem, titled "Tomorrow," is a requiem on parting. "As you leave tomorrow, you will take my light, As you leave tomorrow, you will take my night." "As you leave tomorrow, promise we won't be far apart. "As you leave tomorrow, promise the love will never part." When she finished the 20 lines of verse, Brad's mother and other friends said a few words about him. "I never really realized what a wonderful, wonderful child I had made," said Brad's mother, Pamela Clemmons. "He gave his life for his country and he'd gladly go back and do it again." Brad Clemmons' body made the trip from Iraq to Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, and then to Pittsburgh, where a motorcade of Columbus City Police officers and State Highway Patrol escorted him to Haller Funeral Home in Chillicothe. It was one of the final legs of a journey that began when Clemmons was deployed to Iraq. His travels will end at 1 p.m. Tuesday when he is laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, resting place for thousands who have given their lives in service of their country. 1 September 2006: Their courtship was full of goodbyes and reunions. That’s military life, and they both understood. Before one of those goodbyes, Rebecca Clemmons jotted down her feelings in a poem and gave it to her husband, Brad, right before he left to return to his base. "As you leave tomorrow, promise we won’t be far apart. As you leave tomorrow, promise the love will never part." Rebecca Clemmons repeated those words yesterday as she said her last goodbye to her husband, who always kept the poem close to him until his death last week. "He didn’t like you to know he was a sentimentalist," she said. "He carried it around in his wallet." About 100 people gathered to honor the life of Air Force Master Sergeant Brad Clemmons, 37, who was killed August 21, 2006, by a roadside bomb in Iraq. He was part of a transportation convoy on its way to Taji, Iraq. Some remembered his laughter. Others admired his intelligence. But the Chillicothe-area native stood out to those who loved him most as a man who chose his dream early in life and never faltered from that path. Rebecca Clemmons and their daughter, Isabelle, made the trip to Chillicothe from Alaska, where Clemmons was stationed at Eielson Air Force Base for the past eight months. He was assigned to the 354 th Civil Engineer Squadron. He also left behind two sons, Nicholas and Zachary, from an earlier marriage. The walls of Haller Funeral Home were covered with flowers and many of the awards Clemmons had earned since he enlisted in 1987. All around were pictures of him: as a young, baby-faced Southeastern High School grad; as a more muscular, experienced airman; and as an involved, caring father. The last time Rebecca spoke with Brad was August 17, 2006, by phone. She told him he was going to be a father for a fourth time. Rebecca said yesterday that she’s heard many stories from friends Brad served with — mostly about her. "I have learned a lot since he died, about how he knew right away that I was the one and how much he loved me," she said. Rebecca stopped and looked away for a moment. "It does help, but it doesn’t lessen the pain." F. Douglas Hudson is a pastor in Ramstein, Germany, where Brad was stationed at one point. He came to know the couple well and baptized their daughter. Hudson, also a reserve military chaplain, said he always was impressed with Brad’s wit and his knowledge of the world around him, as well as his devotion to his family. "He was always talking about training the soldiers and getting them prepared for the worst-case scenario," he said. "If there’s one thing I can say about Brad, I’m not sure if he was afraid of anything." Pamela Clemmons, Brad’s mother, said her son discovered his love of the Air Force as a child, and she watched as he meticulously worked his way up to master sergeant. "I never realized what a wonderful child I had made," she said, fighting to stop her tears. "I will sorely miss him and everything he meant in my life. "I want everyone to know that he died doing what he loved. And he’d go back and do it all over again because that’s how much he believed in it." Brad Clemmons was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Military graveside services are scheduled Tuesday in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington. Pamela Clemmons touches the casket of her son A group of airmen offer their condolences to Rebecca Clemmons, left, and Pamela Clemmons, the widow and mother, respectively, of Air Force Master Ssergeant Brad Clemmons. They were at Haller Funeral Home in Chillicothe, Ohio, yesterday. Clemmons’ body will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday. Posted: 1 September 2006 Updated: 17 September 2006 Updated: 22 October 2006 Photo Courtesy of Holly, October 2006 Brad A. Clemmons Thursday, August 24 2006 @ 06:23 AM EDT The Columbus Dispatch -- Just a few days before he died, Brad Clemmons learned he was going to be a dad again. The 37-year-old Chillicothe airman called home from Iraq on Aug. 17 and heard the good news from his wife, Rebecca. It was the last time they spoke. "He was delighted," a tearful Rebecca Clemmons said of her husband's reaction to the pregnancy. "He was such a doting father." The U.S. Air Force master sergeant was killed Monday when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Iraq. He was part of a convoy headed to Taji. Rebecca said she and her husband had lived in Alaska for the last eight months. He was stationed at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks, assigned to the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron. He was sent to Maryland in May for 2? months of training, then to Iraq, where he was going to stay until early next year. Rebecca said that an e-mail from her husband on Sunday expressed optimism about the U.S. military's work in Iraq. "He wrote, 'We are making a difference out here.' He was a very positive person," she said. His dedication to his country was rivaled only by his devotion to his family. Brad had a 2-year- old daughter with Rebecca, and two sons from a previous marriage. When Rebecca talked to him by phone on Aug. 17, she confirmed what she already suspected, that she was pregnant with a baby due in April. They were happiest when they could spend time together doing ordinary things as a family, she said. "We just went to church and hung out with friends," she said. "We liked to sit around and play board games." Brad grew up near Chillicothe and graduated from Southeastern High School. Haller Funeral Home in Chillicothe is handling arrangements for his funeral. No date has been set. Pamela Clemmons, Brad's mother, said her son was an honor student who signed up for the Air Force before his 18th birthday. "This boy was totally dedicated to his job and loved his country," she said. "He was one of the most honest people that I've ever met in my life. He never pulled any punches." Brad's father, David Clemmons, of Latham, said his son knew right away that he wanted to make a career out of the military. Brad had about three more years to go before he retired. "Military life is kind of tough for families. But he was a devoted family man," David Clemmons said. "He was really proud of his children. "It's an awful loss," he said, his voice breaking. Brad's way with children drew Rebecca to him. They had been married for four years. "He wanted to be such an involved dad," she said. "And he was Uncle Brad to everybody." She last saw him when she visited him in Maryland at the end of July. "He was so happy to see us," she said quietly. Brad A. Clemmons Chillicothe, Ohio An Ohio airman killed in Iraq found out his wife was pregnant with his fourth child just a few days before an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle as he was traveling in a convoy. Air Force Master Sgt. Brad A. Clemmons, 37, of Chillicothe, died Monday, the Defense Department said Wednesday. The convoy was en route to Taji. Clemmons' wife, Rebecca, said she told him she was pregnant with a baby due in April when he called home last week. He was delighted, Rebecca Clemmons said. He was such a doting father. Clemmons was assigned to the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska. His wife said they had lived in Alaska for the last eight months. In May, he left for 2 1/2 months of training in Maryland, where his wife last saw him at the end of July. He then left for Iraq, where he was supposed to stay until early next year. He grew up near Chillicothe, about 45 miles south of Columbus, and graduated from Southeastern High School. His mother, Pamela, said he signed up for the Air Force before he turned 18. This boy was totally dedicated to his job and loved his country, she said. He was one of the most honest people that I've ever met in my life. He never pulled any punches. Friend Marcus Bost said he and Clemmons played military games, chased snakes and caught crawdads in a creek as children. Clemmons' mother said her son pretended tubes of Old Spice deodorant were bombs for the war games. Clemmons had about three more years to serve before he retired from the military. Military life is kind of tough for families. But he was a devoted family man, said his father, David. He was really proud of his children. Brad Clemmons had a 2-year-old daughter with Rebecca, his wife of four years. He also had two sons from a previous marriage. No date had been set for the funeral in Chillicothe. Rebecca Clemmons said her husband expressed optimism about the military's work in Iraq in an e-mail message on Sunday. He wrote, 'We are making a difference out here.' He was a very positive person, she said. -- Brad A. Clemmons put his heart into virtually every endeavor. Marcus Bost remembered his friend participating in the calf scramble at the Ross County Fair in Ohio every year when they were kids. Every year he was taken off by the ambulance. He never did get a cow, he said with a chuckle. Clemmons, 37, of Chillicothe, Ohio, died Aug. 21 in Taji when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb. He was assigned to Eielson Air Force Base. Pamela Clemmons, Brad's mother, said her son was an honor student who signed up for the Air Force before his 18th birthday. This boy was totally dedicated to his job and loved his country, she said. He was one of the most honest people that I've ever met in my life. He never pulled any punches. When his wife, Rebecca, talked to him on Aug. 17, she told him she was pregnant with a baby due in April. He was delighted, she said. He was such a doting father. The couple already had a 2-year-old daughter and he had two sons from a previous marriage. He wanted to be such an involved dad, she said. And he was Uncle Brad to everybody. Age: 37 Gender: M Service: Air Force Active duty 354th Civil Engineer Squadron Rank: Master Sgt. Stationed in: Eielson Air Force Base Alaska Date of death: 08/21/06 Incident location: Taji, Iraq Incident details: died when an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle Incident cause: Action Sources: Source of the data is U.S. Department of Defense, AP, Chronicle research. Iceman Team dedicates facility to lost comrade Posted 8/27/2008 Updated 8/27/2008 by Tech. Sgt. Gloria Wilson 354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs 8/27/2008 - EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- In 2006 the family, friends and extended military family of explosive ordinance disposal Master Sgt. Brad Clemmons gathered to mourn his death and celebrate his life in a memorial service here. Exactly two years after his life was tragically cut short on Aug. 21, people gathered again for Sergeant Clemmons, this time for an EOD facility dedication ceremony honoring the man many describe as a hero. Master Sgt. David Teague, master of ceremony and 354th Civil Engineer Squadron EOD superintendant, formally introduced Eielson leadership and distinguished guests to include Sergeant Clemmons' wife Rebecca, daughters, Isabelle and Gabrielle, sons, Nicholas and Zachary, and father, David, during the ceremony held outside the EOD building. As he said the families' names his voice sounded hoarse and cracked, as if choking back tears. In addition to the building dedication, the EOD squadron created a memorial that stands in the new facility, a silent testament to one Airman's ultimate sacrifice. But before the memorial was unveiled, Brig. Gen, Mark Graper, 354th Fighter Wing commander, commented on the reason why everyone was there. "We gather here on this beautiful morning to honor bravery, to salute dedication and sacrifice to memorialize the uncommon valor of Master Sergeant Brad Clemmons and in so doing to celebrate his service to our nation," said General Graper. "We are here to dedicate the EOD building to an American Airman." General Graper added that while he personally didn't have the privilege of serving with Sergeant Clemmons he had the honor of learning about his contributions and sacrifice through his military service record, what the general referred to as his "written history." Within that selfless-filled history was the fact that Sergeant Clemmons had volunteered for a yearlong deployment to Iraq as a member of a weapons intelligence team. It was during that deployment his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. But although the accomplishments and acts read by General Graper were many, he said that there was more to Sergeant Clemmons than what was in his service record. "Master Sergeant Clemmons also has an unwritten history - scribed in the memories of his family, friends, close teammates and comrades," said the general. "And that forms perhaps the most eloquent history of all." Everyone was later invited inside to see the new facility and the memorial in tribute of both the written and unwritten history of Sergeant Clemmons. As Sergeant Clemmons' family viewed the memorial for the first time, 4-year-old Isabelle ran her fingers over the white letters etched on black marble honoring the father she lost when she was only two. One of the phrases on it, John 15:13, reads, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." After the viewing of the memorial, the building was open for touring and the cutting of cake as family and friends celebrated the sacrifice and duty of Sergeant Clemmons. Rebecca Clemmons said she has been shown love and support from the Eielson team and thanks them for what they have done. She plans on bringing her children back in about six years; her youngest Gabrielle is only 15 months old. Both Nicholas and Zachary said they liked the memorial and the building. "Our dad did what he loved; he served his country," said Nicholas. David Clemmons said he was impressed by what everyone thought of his son and that he thought the memorial was beautiful. He said he hoped the memorial would be beneficial to the EOD Airmen that pass through the doors of the building--a sentiment similar to what was expressed by General Graper when he said that generations of Airmen who work and train in the facility will remember Brad's sacrifice and that all Eielson Airmen will draw commitment and strength from his example of service before self and sacrifice. "It's important to remember his sacrifice and when we're long gone, this will help people remember," said Sergeant Teague. "This will always be the Brad Clemmons facility." Photos EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- A memorial dedication ceremony in honor of Master Sgt. Brad Clemmons, 354th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight, was held Aug. 21. Sergeant Clemmon's family, friends and co-workers attended the building dedication ceremony to honor his ultimate sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Snyder) EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- A purple heart, bronze star and Iraqi campaign medals are placed at the front of the boots of Master Sgt. Brad Clemmons, 354th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight, at his memorial Aug. 21. Sergeant Clemmons’ family, friends and co-workers attended the building dedication ceremony to honor his ultimate sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Snyder) EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Fellow Airmen of the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight pay their respects during Master Sgt. Brad Clemmon's memorial dedication ceremony Aug. 21. Sergeant Clemmons’ family, friends and co-workers attended the building dedication ceremony to honor his ultimate sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Snyder) EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Mrs. Rebecca Clemmons holds daughter, Isabelle, during the memorial dedication ceremony of Master Sgt. Brad Clemmons, 354th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight, memorial dedication ceremony Aug. 21. Sergeant Clemmons’ family, friends and co-workers attended the building dedication ceremony to honor his ultimate sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Snyder) EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Brig. Gen. Mark Graper, 354th Fighter Wing commander, speaks during a memorial dedication ceremony in honor of Master Sgt. Brad Clemmons, 354th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight, Aug. 21. Sergeant Clemmons’ family, friends and co- workers attended the building dedication ceremony to honor his ultimate sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Snyder) EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Mrs. Rebecca Clemmons and Brig. Gen. Mark Graper, 354th Fighter Wing commander, take a moment of silence and reflection as they look at the memorial of Master Sgt. Brad Clemmons, 354th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight, memorial Aug. 21. Sergeant Clemmons’ family, friends and co-workers attended the building dedication ceremony to honor his ultimate sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Snyder) Airmen, Soldiers say farewell to comrade in Iraq Airmen and Soldiers held a memorial service here Aug. 24 for Air Force Master Sgt. Brad A. Clemmons, a veteran explosive ordnance disposal technician. From the tools of his trade, the memorial symbolized the sergeant who was killed Aug. 21 when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device near Taji, Iraq. Below, a moment of silence is observed during the memorial. by Lt. Col. Bob Thompson 332d Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs Honored as a true hero, leader and friend, Air Force Master Sgt. Brad A. Clemmons was remembered by Airmen of the 332d Air Expeditionary Wing and Soldiers of Logistics Support Area Anaconda here Aug. 24. During the memorial service, Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Stan Giles, 732d Expeditionary Mission Support Group chaplain, asked the standing-room-only crowd of about 400 to pray for Sergeant Clemmons' family and the families of all explosive ordnance disposal technicians who serve in harm's way. "Nearly 20 years ago," Chaplain Giles said, "Brad entered perhaps the most dangerous of all career fields. He became an instructor in the most dangerous of all professions and then volunteered to come to work in the most dangerous of all neighborhoods here in Iraq." Sergeant Clemmons, 37, of Chillicothe, Ohio, died Aug. 21 while he was traveling as part of a convoy just outside of Taji, Iraq. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart. According to the citation read by Col. Duane D. Lamb, 732d Expeditionary Mission Support Group commander, Sergeant Clemmons distinguished himself by meritorious achievement as a team leader, Weapons Intelligence Flight, 732d Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron. "...he was on a convoy mission using his explosive ordnance expertise to perform forensic analysis and intelligence collection on two reported improvised explosive devices," Colonel Lamb read. "Upon returning to...Taji, his vehicle was struck near the rear by an improvised explosive device hidden in the road. Sergeant Clemmons gave his life in the defense of our nation and for the freedom of the Iraqi people." "Sergeant Clemmons fulfilled a critical role," said Lt. Col. Frank Freeman, 732d EMSG deputy commander. "He led his team in collecting crucial evidence and post blast analysis of the number one killer in Iraq – IEDs." The primary job of an EOD team is to disarm, or what they call "render safe," bombs of all types. Usually, the teams dispose of the explosives in a controlled detonation at the scene or at a secure range. Sergeant Clemmons was deployed from the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron, Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska and had come to Iraq to find ways to defeat the roadside bombs. "Sergeant Clemmons was a great teacher," Colonel Freeman said. "His purpose was to inform others to keep them safe from harm." Chaplain Giles visited Sergeant Clemmons when he first arrived in Iraq about 9 days prior to the incident. "EOD is a very tight team," Chaplain Giles said. "It was clear that Brad was a leader and a lover of his team, his people, his family, his mission and his country." "One of his best qualities was his leadership," Colonel Freeman said. "He led from the front, back and middle. He was a people person and his team loved him too. "His team couldn't wait to get back out after the incident," Colonel Freeman said. "Because they know, that is what Sergeant Clemmons would want them to do." "When there is sudden death, it is human nature to ask, 'Why?'" Chaplain Giles said. "We ask, 'What if?' These are understandable questions, but there's no answer for them." "In times of war, we see human nature at its extremes," the chaplain said. "We see it at both its absolute worst and absolute best. Today, we honor one of the best. Brad was a true hero, a hero who put service before self and died in the line of duty." Master Sgt Brad Allen Clemmons August 9th, 2009 Born: August 27, 1966 Died: August 21, 2006 in Iraq Master Sgt. Brad A. Clemmons of Chillicothe, Ohio grew up near Chillicothe and graduated from Southeastern High School where he was an honor student who signed up for the Air Force before his 18th birthday. He loved people, he loved kids, he loved this country and he loved working for the Air Force. Though he was stationed in Alaska, he and his wife, Rebecca, would return to Chillicothe every year of their four-year marriage, usually in December. Just a few days before he died, Brad learned he was going to be a dad again. He called home from Iraq on Aug. 17 and heard the good news from his wife. It was the last time they spoke. His dedication to his country was rivaled only by his devotion to his family. Brad had a 2-year-old daughter with Rebecca, and two sons from a previous marriage. The family was happiest when they could spend time together doing ordinary things as a family. They went to church and hung out with friends and liked to sit around and play board games. Brad was killed at age 37 when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Iraq. He was part of a convoy headed to Taji. Army 354th Civil Engineer Squadron Eielson Air Force Base Alaska Burial is at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia - Sec 60 Site 8417 Spec. Joshua D. Jones Hometown: Pomeroy, Ohio, U.S. Age: 24 years old Died: August 27, 2006 in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Unit: Army, 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Tex. Incident: Killed when his Humvee came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire during combat operations in Baghdad. Joshua D. Jones Thursday, August 31 2006 @ 01:13 PM EDT The Columbus Dispatch -- As the oldest of six children, Joshua D. Jones had always taken on the role of family protector. That sense of responsibility was also behind the southeastern Ohio nativeâ€™s decision to sign up for military service nearly three years ago. "Whenever he was talking about the Army, he always said he was going to go fight so that his siblings would never have to," Jonesâ€™ father, Gary, said yesterday from his home in Langsville, in Meigs County. "I was just so proud of him for everything." The Department of Defense says that Jones, a 24-year-old Army specialist, was killed Sunday in Baghdad when his Humvee was attacked by small-arms fire. Jones was assigned to the 3 rd Battalion, 67 th Armor Regiment, 4 th Brigade Combat Team, 4 th Infantry Division, in Fort Hood, Texas. Now that word of the death is spreading through the tightknit Appalachian community where Joshua Jones was raised, his father says he has been overwhelmed by the support of others. Jones and his wife, Tiffany, had moved to Georgia just before he enlisted in the Army in January 2004. There, he earned his general educational development diploma. After finishing boot camp at Fort Knox, he was stationed in Louisiana, and then at Fort Hood. He shipped to Iraq on Dec. 6 last year, his dadâ€™s birthday. He last visited home in June, and spent some quality time with his 2-year-old daughter, Cami, the elder Jones said. "And then not long after he was home, we got the call. "His wife is expecting again," Gary Jones said. After pausing to collect himself, he added: "He was a great husband, and a great father. I wish this second child would have at least gotten the chance to know that." Gary Jones said his son most cherished his role as protector, but he also was passionate about his hobbies, which included riding all-terrain vehicles in the rough Meigs County countryside and racing remotecontrolled cars. "If it had wheels, he loved it," Gary Jones said. "Thatâ€™s all he loved until his daughter came along, and then he understood the joys of being a dad." He said heâ€™s still awaiting word from the Army on when his sonâ€™s body will arrive home. Whenever that is, he said, the whole family will be there waiting. Capt. Shawn L. English Hometown: Westerville, Ohio, U.S. Age: 35 years old Died: December 3, 2006 in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Unit: Army, 577th Engineer Battalion, 1st Engineer Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Incident: Killed when a makeshift bomb exploded near his Humvee during combat operations in Baghdad. Shawn L. English returned home for a short leave last month and visited his son Nathan's elementary school class. "He stressed to them how fortunate we are to be living in America, with the freedoms we have," said his brother-in-law Todd Daily. He also told them how much simple things, such as soccer balls, meant to Iraqi kids. The class pledged to collect as many as they could and send them to him when he got back to Iraq. English, 35, of Westerville, Ohio, was killed Dec. 3 by a roadside bomb in Baghdad. He graduated Wright State University in 1999 and was assigned to Fort Leonard Wood. Capt. Nathan Surrey considered English his best friend, someone he instantly bonded with when they met for Army management training in Missouri. "We just clicked," Surrey said. "We were fanatical Ohio State fans, we loved sports, just our ideas on life. Our personalities were the same." He served in an armored cavalry unit during the first Gulf War, later joined a Ranger battalion and became an Army deep- sea diver in 1999. He is survived by his wife, Tricia, and two other sons, Noah, 5, and Austin, 3. Shawn English Family-Placed Obituary ENGLISH, Shawn L. Captain United States Army, of Panama City Beach, Florida, died during combat operations in Iraq December 3, 2006. Survived by wife Trica; sons; Nathan (7), Noah (5) and Austin (3); mother, Lois English; sister Dawn (Chris) Carroll; niece Samantha, nephew Christopher of Westerville, father-in-law & mother-in-law; Curt & Bev Daily; brother-in-law & sister-in-law; Todd & Barb Daily of Lewis Center; niece Shane and nephew, Callen. Shawn's passions in life were his wife and his sons, faith and his country. Virtues instilled through his father, Donald English, who preceded him in death in 1997. He held a BA & MS degrees from Wright State and Webster Universities. A much decorated soldier, Shawn served his country, 1990-2006 including operations Desert Storm/Shield as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom. Prior to deployment to Iraq, he was Commander, Co. D, 577 Engineering Battalion and Sr. Liaison Officer, Naval Dive Center, Panama City, Florida. Funeral service will be held 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at the Central College Presbyterian Church, 975 South Sunbury Road Westerville, Ohio. Dr. Richard Ellsworth and Rev. Wayne Morrison officiating. Interment Maplewood Cemetery, New Albany, Ohio. Arrangements by the Moreland Funeral Home, Westerville, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, friends, if they wish, may contribute to the Capt. Shawn L. English Memorial Fund, c/o Fifth Third Bank, Columbus, Ohio.
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