by Marvin Krause
43rd Airlift Group public affairs
5/29/2015 - POPE ARMY AIRFIELD, N.C. -- The
3rd Aerial Port Squadron hosted two memorial 'Port Dawg' 5K runs around
the flightline here May 13 to honor fallen air transportation Airmen.
More than 100 Airmen and family members participated in the 5K runs to
remember and honor Total Force aerial porters who lost their lives Air
Force-wide in 2014.
"It's our obligation as aerial porters and Airmen to come together
periodically to remember and honor our fellow Port Dawgs who paid the
ultimate sacrifice," said Chief Master Sgt. Ken Hubbard, 3rd Aerial Port
Squadron superintendent. "This is an event to remind us to never forget
those Airmen in our career field who gave their lives defending our
freedom and our Nation. I pray we always keep them in our memory and
that our Airmen show the honor and respect to those who gave their lives
before them," he said.
Seven aerial port Airmen who lost their lives in 2014 were honored by
reading their names out loud and observing a moment of silence before
each 5K run. Those Airmen remembered were: Tech. Sgt. Christopher D.
Heaney, 1st Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, Hurlburt
Field, Florida, Master Sgt. Raymond Stevens, 172nd Logistics Readiness
Squadron, Jackson, Mississippi, Airman Basic Sean S. Bentley Jr., 87th
Aerial Port Squadron, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, Tech. Sgt. David N.
Brown and Staff Sgt. Dylan E. Blevins, 19th Logistics Readiness
Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, Senior Airman Stephen M. Hopkins,
94th Aerial Port Squadron, Robbins AFB, Georgia and Staff Sgt. Nathan E.
Ronimous, 729th Air Mobility Squadron, Lajes Field, Azores.
Lt. Col. Joe Whittington, 3rd Aerial Port Squadron commander,
highlighted that, "As the aerial port community, we often strive to do
mutually supporting things to show solidarity. We were one of several
ports from around the globe that united to conduct this memorial event
during the same timeframe. The timing couldn't be more appropriate
leading up to Memorial Day."
The 3rd APS provides agile, globally focused air transportation support
to the U.S. Army's XVIII Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Division and
Joint Special Operations Command. The squadron utilizes the national
strategic power projection platform known as 'Green Ramp' to facilitate
the mission success of these premier Global Response Forces.
Aerial port Airmen are called 'Port Dawgs' because they provide cargo
and passenger services supporting aerial ports around the world and
their units usually have a dog represented on their emblems. They
facilitate the movement and transportation of passengers and cargo by
building pallets, loading and off-loading from aircraft.