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  • 07/21/2010 4:42 AM | Anonymous

    Funeral Service will be held at 5pm Sunday, July 25 at Prince of peace Lutheran Church, 13901 Fairview Dr, Burnsville, MN. Visitation starts at 3pm.  A Private interment will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, 7601 34th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55450

    Memorial Scholarship Fund is set up at Wells Fargo Bank, 14325 Cedar Avenue,  Apple Valley, MN 55124.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lieutenant Christopher S. Goeke, 82nd Airborne Division, dies of wounds received in Afghanistan.

    1st Lieutenant Christopher S. Goeke died July 13 in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with rifle, rocket propelled grenade, and small arms fire. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

    Goeke completed Airborne School, Infantry Officer Basic Course and the Ranger Course at Fort Benning, Ga. He was assigned to Fort Bragg, where he joined Company C, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment on May 18, 2009. In September 2009, Goeke deployed with the unit to Afghanistan.

    “Chris Goeke was one of the finest officers I have had the honor of leading in 20 years of service. His bravery in combat, commitment to his paratroopers, out-of-the-box problem solving and love for his wife and his profession were unparalleled,” said Lt. Col. David Oclander, battalion commander of 1-508 PIR.

    “Chris was respected by his men as a leader and a person. Chris left a legacy with the battalion and on the lives of the men he led. Chris died a hero.”

    Goeke’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachute Badge and Ranger Tab.

    He married his wife, Kelsey, just 18 months ago. He was scheduled to return home from Afghanistan in one month.

    Goeke is survived by his wife Kelsey, his father Randal Goeke and his mother Pamela Shultz.

    The family is provided  the following statement:

    "Christopher Shultz Goeke was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in Apple Valley, Minnesota.  He attended Apple Valley High School and the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was 6th in his class.

    He passionately participated in mission work, Sunday school teaching, bible study, jazz band, mock trial, Team Ramrod frisbee and football intramurals.  He was a beloved leader among his peers and always brought smiles, laughter and wisdom beyond his years. Christopher joined the Army in 2004 and was very proud to serve in the military.  He will be deeply missed by his father, mother, brother and sisters, as well as his wife and loving friends.

    Thanks to all of our family and friends for keeping Christopher in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Christopher lived passionately, loved completely and searched earnestly for truth. His legacy will never be forgotten."

    The final arrangements are pending.

     

  • 07/20/2010 6:30 AM | Anonymous

    At least 900 mourners said goodbye to U.S. Army Ranger Spc. Joseph W. Dimock II  at 10:03 a.m today. - the time he was pronounced dead in the noncombat incident July 10 in  Afghanistan.

    Graveside services with full military honors, including a 21-gun salute, were held at Highland Memorial Park in unincorporated Lake County just south of Gurnee.

    In a written message to the 900 or so mourners attending what was called a celebration of Dimock's life, his family expressed gratitude to all who have shown sympathy and support to them.

    "The family welcomes your continuing visits, friendship, hugs and sharing of stories about Joey in the days and years to come," they said.

     

    Funeral today for Army Ranger Joseph W. Dimock, II (updated)

    On the morning of Saturday July 10, at 10:03am, in Salerno, Afghanistan, US Army Ranger Joseph Whiting Dimock II gave his life in the service of his country.

    The son of Joseph W. and Ellen L. Dimock, Joey was born in Libertyville, Illinois, on May 25, 1989.  Joey grew up with his younger brothers, Louis and Michael, in Wildwood, Illinois where the Dimock family has lived for twenty-one years.  Joey grew up in the Wildwood Presbyterian Church, where he was baptized at the age of three months and confirmed as an adult member in 8th grad.  Joey faithfully attended Sunday School, worship, and the middle-school and high-school youth fellowship groups.  He was particularly devoted to the annual summer high school mission trips, where he put his energy and skills to good use.  Joey’s compassionate desire to help those in need shone like a light and made him a leader among the youth.  His service to the church and its outreach continues to inspire those in his church family and beyond.  Joey loved the outdoors and was an active member of Cub Scout Pack, Venture Crew, and Boy Scout Troop 672.  Along with his father, Joseph, and brother Louis, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout; and his youngest brother, Michael, is currently a Life Scout.  For his Eagle Scout project, Joey collected nearly 200 worn American flags so they could be honorably retired in a special ceremony.  Joey lived his life by the Boy Scout oath: he honored God and country, and did his best to help other people at all times.  In 2007, Joey graduated from Warren Township High School, where he is remembered as a bright and curious student.  He was a superb swimmer and a member of the Warren Blue Devils swim team and swim club.  In 2006, Joey and his teammates set the Junior Varsity Swim Record in the 400 yard freestyle relay, in which Joey swam the anchor leg.  The record still stands.

    In the spring of his senior year of high school, Joey joined the United States Army and began his service that August.  For nearly three years he served in the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.  In the words of his commander, Lt. Col. Mike Foster, “Ranger Dimock represented everything right with America.  He was an incredibly talented young man, who volunteered to serve his nation in a time of war and ultimately gave his life in support of her cause.”  Joey was currently serving his third overseas deployment, his second in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  During his service he received the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.  He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.  He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Army Commendation Medal.

    Joey had a special knack with children, and taught swimming for many years through the Wildwood Park District.  Joey lived with energy and enthusiasm.  He loved life and made the most of every moment. He stood up for his beliefs and was an extremely loyal and devoted friend.  He will be treasured by both his family and his friends forever.

    Joey is survived by his loving family;  his parents, Joseph and Ellen; brothers, Louis and Michael; paternal grandmother, Elna Jensen Dimock of Bolton, CT; maternal grandfather, Alan R. McCausland of Buffalo, NY; aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and fellow soldiers.  Joey will be deeply missed.  He is a hero to his nation, but also to his family, friends, and countless people who will miss him and remember him always.

    The community is invited to welcome Joey home by standing along Route 120 between Mill Road and Sears Blvd, Wildwood, on Saturday July 17.  The procession is expected between 9:30 and 10:00am.

    A time of visitation will be held on Monday, July 19, from 2:00-9:00pm at the Wildwood Presbyterian Church 18630 W. Old Gages Lake Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  A memorial service will be held promptly at 10:03 am at the church on Tuesday, July 20, with his pastors and friends, the Rev. Drs. Kathy and Greg Bostrom, presiding.

    According to Joey’s wishes, he will be accorded a proper and respectful military funeral with a full United States Army Ranger Honor Guard.  During the visitation memorial service, additional parking will be provided at the Special Education District of Lake County (SEDOL, 18182 Gages Lake Rd. Gurnee, IL , approximately ¼ mile east of the church) with free shuttle service provided by Warren Township. 

    Following the memorial, there will be a military tribute and interment at Highland Park Cemetery, Gunee, IL.  Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL.  For information, please call (847)223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made through the Wildwood Presbyterian Church to the “Joey Dimock Memorial Fund.”  Gifts will be divided between the church Youth Fellowship and Boy Scout Troop 672.

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    U.S. Army Ranger killed in ammunition explosion while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, July 12, 2010)Spc. Joseph Whiting Dimock, II, 21, a native of Wildwood, Ill., was killed when an explosion occurred in an ammunition holding facility during an inventory.  The explosion also injured another Ranger conducting the inspection.

    Dimock, enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 2007.  For nearly three years, he served as a rifleman in 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He was on his third deployment with one previous deployment to Afghanistan, and one to Iraq.

    “Ranger Dimock represented everything right with America.  He was an incredibly talented young man, who volunteered to serve his nation in a time of war and ultimately gave his life in support of her cause,” said Lt. Col. Mike Foster, the 1st Ranger Battalion Commander. 

    “His loss is felt across the entire battalion and our thoughts and prayers are with the Dimock family.”

    He was on his second deployment to Afghanistan.  Previously he conducted a deployment to Iraq.

    ”Spc. Dimock was a warrior who chose a higher calling and deployed three times in support of the Nation. Joseph remains a hero to our Nation, the Army, and his family,” said Col. Michael Kurilla, Commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment.

    Spc. Dimock was born on May 25, 1989 in Libertyville, Ill. After graduating from high school, Dimock enlisted in the U.S. Army from his hometown of Wildwood, Ill., in August 2007.

    He completed both Basic Combat Training and the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Ga. In September 2008, he completed the Ranger Indoctrination Program and was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in November 2007. In March 2009, he was assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, and later was transferred to E Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in August 2009.

    His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course and the U.S. Army Ranger Course.

    His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.

    He has also been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.

    He was posthumously awarded with the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal.

    As a Ranger, Joseph Whiting Dimock, Ill, lived his life in service of others and distinguished himself as a member of the Army’s premier light-infantry unit, continuously deployed in support of the Global War on Terror, valiantly serving his fellow Rangers and our great nation.

    Dimock is survived by his parents Joseph and Ellen Dimock of Wildwood, Ill.

  • 07/09/2010 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    Fourteen former U.S. Army Rangers, from retired generals to a private first class, who served from World War II to Operation Desert Storm, were inducted on July 9 into the Ranger Hall of Fame during a ceremony held at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Columbus.

    The guest speaker was retired Gen. William F. Kernan, president of the Ranger Hall of Fame selection committee. During his address, Kernan spoke about the leadership lessons and training soldiers receive at Ranger School: "It taught us what right looks like." He also recognized the sacrifice, commitment and heart it takes join not only the armed services but an elite unit like the Rangers: "Soldering isn't a job. It's a profession. It's a calling. It's for keeps."

    Col. John King, commander of the Ranger Training Brigade, agreed with Kernan. "Serving in the Ranger community itself is about sacrifice, putting your service to your nation and to your unit and to those soldiers to your left and right is the most common thread and putting your own personal needs last," King said.

    The following men also were inducted Friday into the Ranger Hall of Fame: Retired Gen. Joseph T. Palastra, retired Lt. Gen. Jared L. Bates, retired Maj. Gen. James T. Jackson, retired Chief Warrant Officer Gary I. O'Neal, retired Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Voyles, retired Sgt. Maj. Al Brashier, retired 1st Sgts. William D. Block and Earl A. Singletary, former Pfc. Raymond Noel Dye and the Honorable Eugene R. Sullivan.

    Since 1992, the Ranger Hall of Fame’s inaugural year, the Ranger Hall of Fame has recognized the contributions of America’s most extraordinary Rangers. Inductees are selected impartially from Ranger units and associations representing each era of Ranger history. They must have served in a Ranger unit during combat or have been a successful graduate of U. S. Army Ranger School. Each nominee is subjected to the scrutiny of a selection board to ensure the most extraordinary contributions are acknowledged.

  • 07/06/2010 3:49 PM | Anonymous

    Social networking experiment of phony female military intelligence profile fooled even the most security-savvy on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter -- and also led to the leakage of sensitive military information

    By Kelly Jackson Higgins

    Seasoned red team hacker Chris Nickerson initially accepted Robin Sage's LinkedIn invitation because several of his colleagues had, but after making a few inquiries he realized something was fishy about "Robin," a twenty-something woman who purportedly worked for the Naval Network Warfare Command. "Within an hour, I started asking around, 'Hey did you get a friend request from Robin Sage?' ... and [friends] were saying, 'I thought you knew her.' I knew something weird was going on," Nickerson says.

    So Nickerson started hammering away at Robin on Twitter, and quickly figured out it was a fellow red team hacker behind the phony persona. But not everyone caught on as quickly to the phony profile as Nickerson: Robin actually duped an Army Ranger into friending her. The Ranger then inadvertently exposed information about his coordinates in Afghanistan to Robin with his uploaded photos from the field that contained GeoIP data from the camera.

    "You could see them talking about where they were going and where they were in Afghanistan and Iraq ... some were uploading pictures with geolocation information, and we were able to see them," says Thomas Ryan, the mastermind behind the social network experiment and co-founder and managing partner of cyber operations and threat intelligence for Provide Security, who will present the findings later this month at Black Hat USA in his "Getting In Bed With Robin Sage" talk.

    Ryan says Robin's Facebook profile was able to view coordinates information on where the troops were located. "If she was a terrorist, you would know where different [troops'] locations were," Ryan says.

    Robin Sage gained a total of about 300 friends on LinkedIn, counting those who came and went, he says. All three of the phony woman's social networking accounts remain active -- the LinkedIn profile currently has 148 connections, the Facebook profile has 110, and the Twitter account has 141 followers. Ryan officially ran the experiment for 28 days starting in late December and ending in January of this year.

    Among Robin's social networking accomplishments: She scored connections with people in the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the CIO of the NSA, an intelligence director for the U.S. Marines, a chief of staff for the U.S. House of Representatives, and several Pentagon and DoD employees. The profiles also attracted defense contractors, such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Booz Allen Hamilton.

    Lockheed and other firms made job offers to Robin, some inviting her to dinner to discuss employment prospects. "I was surprised at how people in her same command friended her -- people actually in the same command and the same building," Ryan says.

    Among the security experts who Ryan says initially accepted Robin's invitations were Lares Consulting's Nickerson, Jeremiah Grossman, CTO and co-founder at WhiteHat Security, and Marc Maiffret, who says he figured it out pretty quickly because Ryan used graphics in the profiles that he also uses for his paintball group. Ironically, the once-infamous social engineer Kevin Mitnick is listed as one of "her" connections on LinkedIn as well.

    Grossman says he coincidentally was writing a Facebook bot when Robin's friend request showed up on his placeholder Facebook profile, which he doesn't actually use. The bot program then accepted Robin as a friend. "I look at Facebook and LinkedIn as public record," Grossman says. "What difference does it make if you vet them or not -- you shouldn't be disclosing" private information on these profiles, he says.

    Meanwhile, the real woman in the Robin Sage LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter profile photos has agreed to show up at Black Hat USA later this month to introduce Ryan for his presentation. Ryan says he confirmed that using her photo for the social network accounts was legal, as long as none of her personally identifiable information was used, and it was not. The woman apparently posed for photo shoots for a pornographic site, according to Ryan. He found the woman's photo by searching "emo chick" via Google, a reference to the punk/indie style and music.

    "I created a whole profile on that, so that nothing could link back to who she really was," he says. He set up a Blogger account under the name Robin Sage, named after the U.S. Army Special Forces training exercise. Robin Sage is the final phase of special forces training before becoming a Green Beret -- but even that apparently didn't tip off some military and intelligence community people who accepted LinkedIn invitations or Facebook friend requests from her.

    He purposely left several clues that Robin was a fake, including choosing a woman who appeared to be Eastern European and a potential spy, he says. He built a prestigious resume for Robin: a degree from MIT, an internship at the National Security Agency, and her current position at the Naval Network Warfare Command. Her address was that of BlackWater, the infamous military contractor.

    Whenever someone got suspicious and questioned any of Robin's credentials or information, Ryan says he would change it on the fly. He had the perfect comeback for hesitant LinkedIn members: "'Don't you remember we partied together at Black Hat?'" That was usually all it took for them to accept the invitation, he says.

    Ryan's social networking experiment isn't the first of its kind, however. Researchers Nathan Hamiel and Shawn Moyers two years ago at Black Hat demonstrated how they successfully impersonated security icon Marcus Ranum on the social networking site LinkedIn, even fooling Ranum's sister into connecting to the phony Ranum profile.

  • 06/25/2010 3:58 PM | Anonymous

    Col. Douglas Flohr relinquished command of the Ranger Training Brigade on Fort Benning to Col. John King during a ceremony Friday morning at Hurley Hill undefined a place Fort Benning chief Maj. Gen. Michael Ferriter called the “heart and soul of the brigade.”

    Speaking against the backdrop of Victory Pond, where all Ranger School students are required to navigate a formidable water confidence course during phase one of the grueling, 61-day training course, Ferriter praised Flohr and his family for their commitment to the brigade and to the country.

    “During his tenure, Doug Flohr produced hardened warriors who continue to lead the way as we execute combat operations overseas,” Ferriter said.

    Col. Douglas Flohr, right, outgoing commander of the Ranger Training Brigade, passes the colors to Maj. Gen. Michael Ferriter, commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, left, during the change of command ceremony Friday morning. Assuming command from Flohr is Col. John King, center

    Col. Douglas Flohr, the outgoing commander of the Ranger Training Brigade, gives his remarks during the change of command ceremony Friday morning.

    Col. John King, the incoming commander of the Ranger Training Brigade, left, applauds Col. Douglas Flor, the outgoing commander, right after Flohr's remarks Friday morning during the change of command ceremony on Hurley Hill.

    Flohr, a native of West Virginia, spent two years as commander of the Ranger Training Brigade, a unit that is responsible for producing combat-ready leaders capable of executing diverse missions in a variety of terrain.

    The incoming brigade commander, King, was commissioned as an Infantry officer upon his graduation from Campbell University in North Carolina in 1987.

    A recent graduate of the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., King returns to Fort Benning where he served as the brigade executive officer of the Ranger Training Brigade from 2004 to 2005. He has also served as the commander of the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment at Fort Polk, La., and as deputy commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky. King has been deployed in support of NATO operations in Bosnia, and combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    As he begins his current command, King said his primary focus will be on tailoring Ranger training to best suit the combat environment soldiers are now encountering in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    “We’ve got to make sure, and it’s my responsibility as the commander, to make sure that we’re not training soldiers to fight in 1968, 1975 and so forth,” King said. “We have got to be flexible enough to take lessons learned, that they’re learning in Iraq and Afghanistan, and quickly pull those in and let the soldiers that are going through Ranger School train on those, how to respond, so they’re better prepared when they do deploy.”

    Looking back on his time at Fort Benning, Flohr said he hopes his peers and subordinates will remember him as a leader who supported his Ranger instructors and gave them what they needed to produce battle-ready leaders.

    “He’s a coach, a teacher, a mentor to his instructors,” Ferriter said. “He continually stressed professionalism. He provided his commanders and his Rangers with the freedom and the resources to train. He trusted his cadre to execute the mission.”

    Flohr’s next assignment will take him to Iraq where he’ll be a team chief for the Iraqi Ground Forces Command.

    “Ranger School was established 60 years ago and it continues to provide the nation with some of the best combat leaders the world has ever seen,” Flohr said. “And what I’m most proud of as I transition is the soldiers that we produce here, the future combat leadership in the United States Army. I’m going to join those men in Iraq and I know they’re going to Afghanistan and I get to see the end state of what we’ve done here, so I’m pretty happy about that.”

    Colonel Douglas L. Flohr Biography

    Colonel Douglas L. Flohr was raised in Grafton West Virginia, the oldest son of Samuel and Wanda Flohr. He was commissioned in the Infantry upon graduation from West Virginia University in 1986. His first assignment was to the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment (MANCHU), 6th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, as a Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and Battalion Adjutant.

    Following the Armor Officer Advanced Course in 1990. COL Flohr served as the Assistant S3 in 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado. From 1991- 1992 he served as the Company Commander for Echo Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, and from 1992-1993 he served as the Commander of the Long Range Surveillance Detachment (LRSD), 104th Military Intelligence Battalion.

    From 1993-1996, COL Flohr was assigned as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at West Virginia University. Following this assignment he served as an Observer Controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana, from 1996-1998. In 1998, COL Flohr attended the United States Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Upon graduation he was assigned to the Ranger Training Brigade at Fort Benning, Georgia where he served as both Battalion and Brigade S3 Operations Officer.

    From 2001-2003, COL Flohr served in the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia, as the Regimental Plans and Liaison Officer. In 2003, he assumed command of the 5th Ranger Training Battalion in Dahlonega, Georgia. In 2005-2007, he served as the Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Army.

    COL Flohr’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, a Master of Arts degree in Education from West Virginia University, and a Masters degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with 8 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Master Parachutist Badge. COL Flohr has been married to the former Christina Boyce also of Grafton, West Virginia for twenty-seven years. Christina is a Registered Nurse. They have a daughter and two sons: Rhianna (24), Samuel (22), and Benjamin (12).

    COL Flohr was awarded the Legion of Merit for his tenure as the Commander, Ranger Training Brigade.

    Colonel John W. King Biography

    Colonel John W. King II was raised in Rockingham, North Carolina. He was commissioned in the Infantry upon graduation from Campbell University in 1987. His assignments include: rifle platoon leader and battalion staff positions with 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry, and held brigade staff positions with 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division (M), Fort Polk. LA.

    Following the Infantry Advanced Course in 1992, COL King served as the Assistant S3 in 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (L) at Schofield Barracks, HI. From 1993-95 he served as the Battalion Adjutant and Company Commander of Charlie Company,1st Battalion, 14th Infantry.

    From 1995-2000 he held Observer Controller positions at the Platoon, Company and Brigade levels while assigned to Operations Group, Joint Readiness Training Center, Ft Polk, LA. In 1999, COL King attended the U.S. Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Upon graduation he served from 2000-2004 in the 10th Mountain Division located at Ft Drum, NY. In the 10th Mtn Div he held positions to include 1st Brigade, S1, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Operations Officer for SFOR 10, Bosnia, Deputy G3, and 1st Brigade, Operations Officer for OEF IV, Afghanistan. From 2004-2005 he served as the Ranger Training Brigade Executive Officer at Ft Benning, GA.

    From 2005-2007 he assumed command of the 1st Battalion (ABN), 509th Infantry (OPFOR) at Ft Polk, LA. From 2007-2009 he served as the Deputy Commander of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Ft Campbell, KY during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His last assignment was as a student at the United States Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, PA.

    COL King’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, a Master degree of Arts in the Humanities from Louisiana State University, and a Masters degree in the Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. His awards and decorations include Bronze Star with first oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf cluster, the Army Superior Unit Award, (Panama), Meritorious Unit Commendation (Iraq), National Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Bosnia), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary, Global War on Terrorism Service, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Service Medal, Overseas Service Medal (3), NATO Medal for Bosnia, French National Defense Medal for Afghanistan, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Wings, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and German Jump Wings.

    COL King is married to the former Kristine L. Bartz of Sacramento, CA. They have a son Trey and a daughter Zoey.

  • 06/21/2010 11:55 AM | Anonymous

    Walter J. Borowski, 90, of Derry, NH, died Saturday, June 19, 2010 in his home. Mr. Borowski was born in Derry on January 5, 1920, a son of Alexander and Amelia Borowski, and was a lifelong resident. He served in the Rangers in the US Army, and was the first to climb Pointe du Hoc. Mr. Borowski recently received the French Legion of Honor medal, which is Frances highest honor. As a decorated veteran, February 4th was named Walter Borowski Day in NH. Mr. Borowski was a volunteer firefighter in Derry for many years. He was an avid gardener, and his garden was his pride and joy.

    He is survived by two sons, Thomas Borowski of Derry, and John Borowski of Chelmsford, MA; one daughter, Suzanne Borowski of Murphy, NC; two grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one sister, Celia Dors of Derry; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Helen M. (Glod) Borowski.

    A calling hour will be held on Tuesday, June 22nd from 9 – 10am in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry. A funeral service will follow at 10:00am in the funeral home. The burial will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Londonderry, NH. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, or to the NH Association for the Blind, 25 Walker St., Concord, NH 03301-9977.

    Visit the Peabody Funeral Homes website to leave a condolence note or view others.

    Veteran Profile: Walter Borowski Click to see video.

    The following article was written by Julie Huss, Derry News, September 6, 2007.  

    Having seen death, Borowski embraces life

    Walter Borowski sits in a swing on a sunny September morning admiring the garden greenery and flora growing around him.

    His clear eyes are always anxious to see what nature has given him on a daily basis | rows of onions, corn, perennials, and sunflowers | and two grandiose watermelons that could make any farmer's market proud.

    On this morning, visitors stop by to greet the 87-year-old Borowski, who gently orders them to stroll out through a maze of produce to take a gander at that watermelon.

    "What a crop," he yells from his swing. "And look at those onions."

    This ordinary man from Derry has done volumes of extraordinary things. He is one of only a handful of surviving members of one of World War II's most decorated outfits, Fox Company, 2nd Army Rangers, the soldiers immortalized on the big screen in the movie "Saving Private Ryan," and the first to hit the French coastline on D-Day at Omaha Beach, taking heroic measures to climb the cliffs at Point Du Hoc during the June, 1944 invasion. He earned numerous medals and citations for his military service, including two Purple Hearts, a Presidential Citation, silver star, and bronze star.

    For his achievements, Borowski was nominated and will enter the Pinkerton Academy Hall of Fame later this month.

    But tallying a man's life accomplishments in volumes of war time memories and graphic battle images isn't easy, especially for someone like Borowski, a proud man who modestly won't admit to being a hero at all, and who finds joy these days in a row of morning glories and an occasional hummingbird.

    Born the son of Polish immigrant parents in 1920, Borowski was one of 10 siblings living in a small, white house on High Street. Gardens surrounded the tiny house and an adjoining barn housed cows, pigs, and chickens. Proud parents Alexander and Amelia taught their children to speak Polish and some Russian, while instilling a strong sense of family values.

    Borowski's school years were spent at the East Side School, the Oak Street School, and later Pinkerton Academy where the teen excelled in academics and the Future Farmers of America club. He was the first in his family to go to high school. After high school, he worked in Derry's shoe factories to help support his family.

    "I wanted education so bad," he recalled. "I always had my hand up. If I didn't know the answer, I was just going to ask. I was very proud."

    When war broke out in Europe, Borowski's older brother, Eugene, was one of the first to enlist from Derry, going on to be part of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

    Walter Borowski followed his brother into the military, enlisting in 1942 at 22 years of age, and hoping to be part of the paratroopers, but at 183 pounds, he was told he weighed too much.

    He joined a new Army outfit called the Rangers, with the motto, "Rangers lead the way," a tough group of soldiers enduring grueling exercises and training before being sent to Europe for further training, climbing over and over again on England's White Cliffs of Dover to strengthen the body and prepare for battle.

    As part of the 2nd Ranger Battalion, all of Borowski's training came to a head on a sandy beach at Normandy on that murky June morning in 1944. Preparing for an attack, the Germans had installed dragon-teeth obstacles jutting up from the shoreline waters, that could rip a boat to pieces if attempting to land. The Pointe du Hoc cliffs hid German fortresses within cement walls with machine guns ready to fire.

    Borowski and his men of Fox Company, 2nd Rangers left the landing craft to run toward shore. Gunfire broke out, and soldiers fell quickly. Borowski and the Rangers carried missiles attached to ropes and hooks that would attack to the cliff top so the soldiers could scale the rocky walls. When the missiles misfired, Borowski and a buddy ran back, grabbed another set of missiles and fired again, completing the connection with the cliffs. Soldiers then climbed hand over hand to the top of Pointe du Hoc.

    Thousands died that day. Borowski's brother, Eugene, was one killed in action on D-Day. He is buried in the American Cemetery in Normandy.

    "I was so proud of him," he said. "He was tough. We all stuck together."

    Borowski and the Rangers were used in the war in various ways including aiding thousands of displaced people from all over Europe held at concentration camps as the war's end was near.

    "The smell was so bad," he recalled. "This is when you knew what [you were fighting for]."

    Upon returning to Derry after the war, Borowski built a house across the road from where he grew up, married and had four children with wife, Helen. He became a very active community volunteer, organizing and coaching youth sports. He said he didn't want to be anywhere else.

    "Derry was my hometown," he said. "I never lived any place else."

    He still enjoys digging clams, gardening, and spent many years catching up with war buddies as long as he could get around, often inviting them to his home. He said he was proud of his life and homestead and couldn't think of being anywhere else.

    "All I wanted was a little place," he said. "To find a little piece of property and build a fence and do my own thing."

    Derry town historian and author Richard Holmes wrote an entire chapter about Borowski in his new book, due out later this year. He wrote, "Every hero will always deny that he is a hero." This holds true with Borowski, as to this day, he will say the true heroes on that day in June, 1944, were the nurses in the frontline.

    "The nurses, God bless them, those frontline nurses, what they went through, they deserve all the credit in the world," he said.

    Borowski said he has had many experiences, many memories, and an abundance of painful thoughts from his war time service, but said he's had a good life and all he can do is to live each day and do his best.

    '"Life is what you make it, you give a little, you take a little," he said. "I've had a good life and I've helped people along the way. You gotta do what's right, just do what you gotta do."

    Holmes said Borowski deserves to be in the Hall of Fame to help give young people another role model and to let people understand how much of a "hero" Walter Borowski is.

    "Just look at the face and you can see a Ranger," Holmes said.

  • 06/10/2010 4:20 PM | Anonymous

    My son, SGT Jonathan K. Peney (22), was killed in action on June 1st, 2010 at 1000 EST. Jon is an Army Ranger Medic. He has always wanted to be a soldier. He loves our country. I love my son. The worse possible nightmare to a mother is to see the notification team walking towards you in full dress uniform. But what allows me to grieve is what stands behind those uniforms. I know my son was doing what he loved - protecting our freedoms!!!!! He did not hesitate to go to the aid of another fallen Ranger when a sniper mortally wounded my son. Jon comes home today and I cry not only because I will not see his face and mischief pranks but because most Americans don't understand "freedom is not free". Freedom is earned and respected. Freedom is a privilege. My son is a hero but to me he is my son and child. Jon will be missed but never forgotten. Jon and many others who give the ultimate sacrifice do so with pride and no regrets. God bless America and long may it's flag wave! God bless all who serve in the military.

    I ask that each and every one of you when you see an individual in uniform to acknowledge their presence. This can be done by simply place your right open hand over your heart as you walk by them. Pay for their cup of coffee. Pay for their meal - you don't have to let them know you are doing this kind gesture. Just ask your waitress to pay for them without any grand affair. Our military men and women do not receive enough recognition from us. They deserve kindness. I am a hugging person so I just usually walk up to them and give a hug. Handshakes are good. You never know if that solider sitting at the airport or walking down the street has just returned to our wonderful country from a war torn area. You don't know what those eyes and heart are carrying all for the sake of our freedoms! You don't know if that solider is going to war and doesn't know what to expect he will see. We all need to stand up PROUD to be an American and support our military. God Bless America and all who serve in our military.

    My dear son - welcome home! You did not die in vain! I love you. Mom

    Written by Sue Peney, SGT Peney’s mother today, June 10, 2010

    See related story “Army Ranger SGT Jonathan K. Peney Funeral Services Scheduled” dated June 8, 2010

    These should be relatively firm details but still considered tentative plans because they all depend on the arrival of our beloved "Doc" Peney. These are being forwarded to give an estimate of the timing for all whom are traveling. The family does not want babies nor small children (infants to 5 years old) to attend.

    Bonaventure Funeral Home

    www.bonaventurefh.com

    2520 Bonaventure Rd.

    Savannah, GA 31404

    Phone: 912-335-8506

    Fax: 912-335-8521

    Viewing will be on Thursday, the 10th day of June, 2010 from 6 to 9 pm.

    Friday, the 11th day of June, 2010, there will be a 10 am Mass at Cathedral of St John-Baptist, 222 East Harris Street, Savannah, GA 31401.

    Immediately following the Mass, there will be a procession by horse drawn hearse thru the streets of historic Savannah pass Kevin Barry's Irish Pub. There will be a memorial in the 2nd floor Ranger room.

    In lieu of flowers, Kristin has asked that memorials be made to The Rangers Scholarship Fund. This is a merit based scholarship fund to provide assistance to the dependents of Rangers to meet the financial cost of continuing their education. This is a 501(c)3 organization. Interested persons can learn more about this fund by visiting the web site at: http://www.rangersscholarshipfund.org/index.html

    Contributions should be mailed to:

    Rangers Scholarship Fund, Inc.

    P.O. Box 52184

    Fort Benning, GA 31995

    Donations made payable to: Rangers Scholarship Fund Honoring the Memory of SGT Jonathan K Peney

  • 06/08/2010 4:43 PM | Anonymous

    SGT Jonathan K. Peney, 22, was killed during combat in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, on June 1st 2010. He was a Medic assigned to 1st Ranger Battalion, located at Hunter Army Air Field in Savannah, GA. Jonathan was born in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, on July 1st, 1987, but Georgia has been his home since 1999. He is survived by his wife, Kristin E. Peney and his mother, Susan L. Peney.

    The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, June 10th, 2010 from 6-9 PM at Bonaventure Funeral Home. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, June 11th, 2010 at 10 AM from the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, with Father John Johnson, Celebrant. Interment will be Private.

    Please visit www. BonaventureFH.com and share your thoughts and memories of SGT Jonathan K. Peney with the family (click on the link below). The family request memorials may be made to The Ranger Scholarship Fund, which is awarded to dependents of Rangers in the 75th Regiment in pursuit of higher education.

    SGT Jonathan K. Peney Memorial Website

    Bonaventure Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 912-335-8506.

    Previously posted information:

    Note: On June 4, 2010, Spc. Peney was posthumously promoted to Sergeant

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, June 2, 2010) A U.S. Army Ranger was killed in action June 1 during combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Spc. Jonathan Kellylee Peney, 22, was a combat medic assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.  He was killed by enemy fire while moving under heavy fire to provide aid to a wounded Ranger in the Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

    “Spc. Peney was the epitome of our Ranger Medics – warrior first, expert in advanced medical treatment, and selflessly dedicated to the care of others – even at the risk of one’s own life,” said Col. Michael E. Kurilla, Commander, 75th Ranger Regiment. “Spc. Peney did not hesitate to move under heavy fire to the care of another wounded Ranger. He is a hero to our Nation, the 75th Ranger Regiment and his family.”

    He was on his fourth deployment in support of the War on Terror with three previous deployments to Afghanistan. For more than two years, he served as a combat medic in 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

     “Spc. Peney died while moving to provide life-saving aide to a fellow Ranger,” said Lt. Col. Michael Foster, Commander of 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. “Our Rangers continue to put their lives at risk in support of our nation’s ideals. Keep your thoughts and prayers with them and their Families.”

    -------------------------------------------------

    SGT Peney was born on July 1, 1987, in Marietta, Ga.  After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army from his hometown of Marietta, Ga., in November 2005.  He completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning and Combat Medic Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He returned to Fort Benning in June 2006 and completed the Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Indoctrination Program before attending the Special Operations Combat Medic Course at Fort Bragg, N.C. Spc. Peney was then assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in November 2007.

    His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Ranger Indoctrination Program, Special Operations Combat Medic Course and the U.S. Army Ranger Course (he recently graduated with Ranger Class 5-10 on April 30, 2010).

    His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, Expert Field Medical Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.  He has also been awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with combat star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.

    He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and the Meritorious Service Medal.

    SGT Peney is survived by his wife Kristin E. Peney of Savannah, Ga., and his mother Sue L. Peney of LaGrange, Ga.

  • 05/31/2010 3:50 PM | Anonymous

    Memorial wreaths lay at the base of the Special Forces Memorial Statue, or “Bronze Bruce” at the conclusion of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command and Special Forces Association Memorial Day Ceremony. The ceremony honored 18 SF Soldier killed in action and more than 90 association members who died this past year. (Photo by SFC Jason Baker, USASFC Public Affairs)

    FORTBRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, May 31, 2010) – Wives and children, gray-haired retirees and Soldiers in uniform, all gathered at the Army Special Operations Forces Memorial Plaza for a common purpose on Memorial Day, to remember and pay honor to the men who have earned the “Green Beret” and gave their lives in service to the United States.

    This year’s Special Forces Association Memorial Day Ceremony, hosted by the U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), honored 18 Special Forces Soldiers killed in combat and more than 90 SF Association members who died this past year.

    “Our older generation is dissipating fast, we had almost 100 last year,” commented Ronnie McCan, President of the Special Forces Association before the start of the ceremony. “We do this to make sure we honor all those who have served, from the Vietnam War to the Cold War and our Soldiers lost in the current wars.”

    Though a Memorial Day ceremony typically focuses on the Service Members who have sacrificed their lives, Maj. Gen. Michael S. Repass devoted his time and words to the recognition of the survivors, specifically the Special Forces’ Gold Star Wives.

    “It has been a tough year for the men in the Green Beret.” said Repass. “I won’t try to top the words that were spoke earlier this past week at the USASOC Memorial, rather I would like to talk about those who have lived in the shadows of the gallant men who are found on (the USASOC Memorial Wall). Perhaps by honoring those who live in the shadows, we might best honor the operators who have departed our ranks.”

    Major Gen. Michael S. Repass, commander, USASFC(A) and Ronnie McCan, national president, the Special Forces Association lay a memorial wreath at the base of the Special Forces Memorial Statue, or “Bronze Bruce” at the conclusion of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command and Special Forces Association Memorial Day Ceremony. The ceremony honored 18 SF Soldier killed in action and more than 90 association members who died this past year. (Photo by SFC Jason Baker, USASFC Public Affairs)

    He started by describing the communities he visited during the 25 funerals he personally attended while serving as the commander of USASFC.

    “In every case in these small towns we have learned how truly extraordinary these operators were in their early lives,” said Repass. “These men were the best, the first, the strongest, the fastest, the most adventurous and yes, the craziest. They were successful before they ever joined our ranks. You can only conclude that their small town upbringing, tight communities, and families that supported the Soldier were responsible for much of their success once they became a Special Forces operator.”

    “We like to think of them as brave and heroic, and so be it,” he said. “The real people I find both brave and heroic are the spouses left behind. They confront dark days every day and somehow they keep it together and move forward.”

    With grief visible upon his face, Repass held back emotion enough to recount the walk from the Fort Myer Chapel to plot 60 where Emily Tinsley’s husband, Capt. John Tinsley, was to be interred.

    “I explained to her that her husband would be interred at section 60, which is also known as the place where America’s valor rests,” said Repass. “I told her I was hugely impressed at her strength and poise at Arlington. In typical SF wife style, she told me that John would be disappointed with her if she was weak. All I can think is, John must be proud.”

    McCan also used his comments to break from tradition by focusing not on the sorrow and grief of the day but on the celebration of the sacrifice given by those in combat to maintain the liberty of this country and ultimately the world, living up to the Special Forces motto, “De Opresso Liber.”

    After the comments by Repass and McCan both came forward and ceremonially placed a memorial wreath at the base of the Special Forces Memorial Statue, nicknamed “Bronze Bruce.” A final role call was read and a bell rang to recognize each name.

    The ceremony concluded with the traditional three-round volley and the playing of Taps. After the ceremony those in attendance gathered together and took pictures at the various memorials at the plaza and shared memories of their service and those they lost.

    Major Gen. Michael S. Repass, commander, USASFC(A) speaks to the audience attending the SF Memorial Day Ceremony. The ceremony honored 18 SF Soldier killed in action and more than 90 association members who died this past year. (Photo by SFC Jason Baker, USASFC Public Affairs)

    Major Gen. Michael S. Repass, commander, USASFC(A) speaks to the audience attending the SF Memorial Day Ceremony. The ceremony honored 18 SF Soldier killed in action and more than 90 association members who died this past year. (Photo by SFC Jason Baker, USASFC Public Affairs)

    Mr. Ronnie McCan, national president of the Special Forces Association, speaks to the audience attending the SF Memorial Day Ceremony. The ceremony honored 18 SF Soldier killed in action and more than 90 association members who died this past year. (Photo by SFC Jason Baker, USASFC Public Affairs)

     

  • 05/30/2010 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    FORT BENNING, GA (USASOC News Service, May 30, 2010) – A U.S. Army Ranger assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment died as a result of complications due to a spontaneous brain aneurysm on May 29.

    Staff Sgt. Pedro Brandao Lacerda, a Ranger Assessment and Selection Program (RASP) instructor with the Regimental Special Troops Battalion (RSTB) at Fort Benning was leading a squad size element of RASP students through physical training on May 28 when he collapsed.  He was taken immediately to Martin Army Community Hospital, placed on life support and transferred to Columbus Regional Medical Center, where he later died.

    Lacerda was born Aug. 11, 1979, and enlisted in the U.S. Army in November 2005 from Knoxville, Tenn. He completed One Station Unit Training, Basic Airborne Training, the Ranger Indoctrination Program at Fort Benning and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. There he served as an assistant machine gunner, machine gunner, squad automatic weapon gunner, gun team leader and team leader. In October 2008, Lacerda moved to RSTB to serve as an instructor for new Rangers to the 75th Ranger Regiment.

    He has deployed three times in support of the Global War on Terror; twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan.

    “Staff Sgt. Lacerda was loved by all and considered the most lethal man in the Regiment with his hands. As an instructor in our Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, he was instrumental in developing Rangers,” said Col. Michael E. Kurilla, Commander, 75th Ranger Regiment. “He was instrumental in the 75th Ranger Regiment’s and Army’s Combatives program. His contributions and legacy to the 75th Ranger Regiment will live on in the hundreds of Rangers he trained.”

    Lacerda was part of the first U.S. Army team to compete in the Pan American Jiu Jitsu Championships in Irvine, Calif., last month where he won his first-round match.  Prior to joining the Army, Lacerda competed in the games and won the gold in 1998, 1999 and 2002. He also captured the welterweight title at the 2009 All-Army Combatives Championship on Fort Benning and was instrumental to the development of the 75th Ranger Regiment and Army combatives programs.

    “Staff Sergeant Lacerda was a hard core Ranger and an All – Army combatives champion, yet also was the nicest guy you ever met,” said Lt. Col. Brian Eifler, Regimental Special Troops Battalion Commander, 75th Ranger Regiment. “We are all going to miss him.”
    Lacerda’s military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Ranger Indoctrination Training, the U.S. Army Ranger Course, Warrior Leader Course and CombativesundefinedLevels 1, 2 and 3.

    Lacerda’s awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Parachutist’s Badge. He has also been awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan campaign Medal with combat star, Iraq Campaign Medal with combat star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.  He will be posthumously awarded with the Army Meritorious Service Medal.

    Lacerda, a native of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is survived by his wife Marina B. Lacerda, his children Yasmin and Pepe, his father Pedro Lacerda, his brother Marcelo Lacerda and his sister Tatina Lacerda; all of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.

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