Wednesday, January 08, 2014

21st SW fallen Airman returns home

from 21st Space Wing Public Affairs

1/8/2014 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Capt. David I. Lyon, 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron, returned home for the final time Jan. 6.

Lyon was part of the 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron and was killed in action Dec. 27 when the enemy attacked his convoy in Afghanistan. Lyon was working with Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, performing a Combat Advisory mission with Afghan National Army Commandos.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Capt. Lyon during this difficult time," said Col. John Shaw, 21st Space Wing commander. "The Air Force and our Nation lost one of our very best. We will never forget him or his sacrifice."

During his time in the 21st LRS, Lyon served as the Director of Operations as well as the 21st Mission Support Group executive officer.

"Capt. Lyon was a model officer and exemplary young leader," said Col. Chuck Arnold, 21st MSG commander. "Dave was special -- he was an intelligent, charismatic, natural leader who was widely respected by senior leaders, his peers and the Airmen he led."

Members of Team Pete lined the streets to honor Lyon as he departed Peterson Air Force Base for the final time. Lyon's funeral was Jan. 8 at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs. Lyon, a 2008 graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy, was interred at the USAFA cemetery.

(More information from the funeral ceremony will be published online and in next week's Space Observer.)

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