by Airman 1st Class Taylor A. Workman
9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs
4/29/2015 - 4/28/2015 - BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Team
Beale held a memorial event dedicating the base theater as Independence
Hall in remembrance of the four fallen Airmen of the MC-12 Liberty,
call sign Independence 08, April 27, 2015. The event marked the two year
anniversary of their sacrifice.
Capt. Reid K. Nishizuka, Capt. Brandon L. Cyr, Staff Sgt. Richard A.
Dickson and Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin were killed April 27, 2013, when
their MC-12 Liberty crashed during a combat operation in Afghanistan.
"The crew of Independence 08 in the quest to uphold freedom, liberty and
justice, paid the ultimate sacrifice in their endeavors," said Lt. Col.
James Mansard, 69th Reconnaissance Group deputy commander, guest
speaker at the event. "We will never forget their names, faces, smiles,
their leadership and the courage they displayed while acting upon their
Family, friends, and fellow Airmen gathered at the newly dedicated
Independence Hall to mourn, celebrate and remember the lives of the
MC-12 crew, followed by a luncheon at the Recce Point Club.
"Freedom comes through the Airman, the Sailor, the Soldier, the Marine,
who willingly took an oath to support and defend the constitution of
this nation," said Chaplain Michael Goecker, 9th Reconnaissance Wing
Chaplain Corps. "Freedom comes from the vigilance of the watchman on the
wall, freedom comes from the willingness of these same men and women to
take up arms and defend it."
The aircrew contributed to the legacy of project Liberty. All involved
with project Liberty protected thousands of American and coalition
forces through direct support to operations and aided in the greatest
operational success in Operation Enduring Freedom, according to Mansard.
The ceremony concluded with the unveiling of a graphical representation
of the plaque that will be permanently mounted at the entrance of
Independence Hall and an artist's rendering of the memorial that will be
in front of Independence Hall.
"As an Air Force family, we all share in the loss," Mansard said. "It is
my greatest hope that the families of our dear friends find comfort in
the Air Force family that surrounds them here. Today is a day for Team
Beale to move forward as our fallen heroes look down upon us."