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  • 07/28/2010 12:55 PM | Anonymous

    A contingent of about 20 Rockford police officers traveled to Elgin to pay their respects to former officer Anibal Santiago.

    Santiago, 37, an Army Ranger, died July 18 from injuries he suffered a day earlier in a high-altitude fall while conducting combat operations in Khost province, Afghanistan. He was on his third deployment at the time.

    Santiago was a sniper team leader assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He served in the Navy from 1991 to 1995 and was on the Rockford force from 1999 to 2005.

    The officers who traveled to Harvest Bible Chapel were joined by about 30 Army Rangers and a military color guard.

    Rockford officer Aurelio DeLaRosa, past president of the police union, said he helped train Santiago, but at times the teacher was learning from the pupil.

    “He was a defender of freedom and the American way of life. As an U.S. Army soldier, he was ready to deploy and meet the enemy anywhere in the world. I was honored to have known and to serve alongside of him.”

    DeLaRosa said serving others and his country was Santiago’s calling.

    “Being the true patriot that he was, he felt it was a moral imperative that he serve his country. Not only was he just a soldier, but an elite soldier.

    “If anybody has any doubt today, this funeral was a validation of the character of this man.”

    Santiago is survived by his wife, Mandy; son, Hannibal Felix Santiago of Belvidere; stepsons Desmond and Darian Thammarath of Fort Benning, Ga.; and parents, Anibal and Maria Santiago of Belvidere.

    Later in the day, the family attended a private ceremony. A private graveside service is planned today in Highland Garden of Memories in Belvidere.


    Memorial and funeral schedule for U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. Anibal Santiago in Elgin, IL  (update) July 23, 2010 17:13:11


    Memorial Services will be held starting this weekend when Sgt. Santiago’s body will fly into Chicago O'Hare Saturday July 24 to be escorted to Laird Funeral Home in Elgin.


    Monday Jul 26 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm and

         Tuesday, July 27 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm

    Harvest Bible Chapel

    1000 North Randall Road

    Elgin, IL 60123-7895

    (847) 214-3500,

    Military Honors Committal Services:

    Wednesday July 28 at 10:00am

    Harvest Bible Chapel

    1000 North Randall Road

    Elgin, IL 60123-7895

    (847) 214-3500,

    Private Graveside Service:

    Thursday, July 29

    Highland Garden of Memories

    9800 Route 76

    Belvidere, IL 61008

    (815) 544-2750

    For information:

    Laird Funeral Home

    310 S. State Street

    Elgin, IL 60123

    (847) 741-8800

    Santiago is survived by his wife, Mandy Santiago of Fort Benning, GA, son Hannibal of Belvidere, IL., stepsons Desmond and Darian, from Fort Benning, and his parents Anibal and Maria Santiago of Belvidere.



    Original Post:

    U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. Anibal Santiago dies as a result of injuries sustained during combat

    Sgt. Anibal Santiago, 37 of Belvidere, Ill., died from injuries sustained as a result of a high-altitude fall July 17 while conducting combat operations over mountainous terrain in Khowst Province, Afghanistan. Treated immediately by unit medical personnel, he was quickly evacuated to the nearest medical treatment facility where he died July 18.

    Santiago was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment based at Fort Benning, Ga.  He  was serving his third deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism, having previously deployed once to Afghanistan and once to Iraq.

     “I wish the American public had an opportunity to know Sgt. Santiago. He embodied the Ranger Ethos – an American Patriot, incredibly lethal sniper, and was always at his best when conditions were the worst,” said Col. Michael E. Kurilla, commander, 75th Ranger Regiment. “He is a hero to our Nation, the 75th Ranger Regiment, and his Family.”

     “Sgt. Santiago was a rock of a man that everyone – his fellow Rangers and his Family – relied on in the toughest of times," said Col. Dan Walrath, commander, 3rd Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment. " He was an incredible servant to the Nation as a policeman, Navy Sailor and Army Ranger.  We are eternally grateful for what he gave us all in life.”

    Sgt. Anibal Santiago was born August 26th, 1972 in Puerto Rico.  Prior to his military service he served as a policeman in Chicago, Ill., for numerous years and also graduated from Elgin Community College with a Liberal Arts degree. Santiago then entered the U. S. Navy on Oct. 1, 2001.

    Following his service in the Navy, Santiago entered the U. S. Army on Oct. 1, 2007 and after completion of the One Station Unit Training and the Ranger Indoctrination Program, he was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment on Sept. 30, 2008. He served as a sniper and as a sniper team leader.

    Santiago completed numerous military courses while serving in the Army, including the Combat Life Savers Course, Combatives Level One, the Sniper Course, the Airborne Course, the Ranger Indoctrination Program, and the U.S. Army Ranger Course.

    His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. He has also been awarded the Navy Unit Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy Good Conduct Medal, The Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, The South West Asia Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, and the Army Service Ribbon.

    He was posthumously recommended for the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.

    Santiago is survived by his wife, Mandy of Fort Benning Ga., his son, Hannibal Felix of Belvidere, Ill.; and his parents, Anibal and Maria Santiago of Belvidere, Ill.

    As a Ranger, Santiago selflessly lived his life for others while he distinguished himself as a member of the Army’s premier light-infantry unit, which remains continuously deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism. In every instance he fought valiantly as he served his fellow Rangers and our great Nation.

    Belvidere soldier's young son remembers dad as "my hero"



  • 07/27/2010 10:00 PM | Anonymous

    Several photos and information to be posted.

    Please visit again tomorrow.






    Memorial and funeral scheduled for U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. Justin Bradley Allen in Coal Grove, Ohio (update) July 25, 2010 15:21:12


    The following plans have been made by the family.


    Monday, July 26, 2010
    6:00 PM until 9:00 PM
    Dawson Bryant High School
    427 Marion Pike
    Coal Grove, Ohio 45638

    Funeral Service/Burial:

    Tuesday July 27, 2010

    11:00 AM

    Dawson Bryant High School

    427 Marion Pike

    Coal Grove, Ohio 45638

    Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Coal Grove with full Military Honors.

    For additional information:

    Phillips Funeral Home

    1004 S. 7th St.

    Ironton, OH 45638

    Phone: (740) 532-2144

    Email: phillipsfuneralhome@roadrunner.com


    Initial story follows,

    U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. Justin Bradley Allen killed in action in  Kandahar Province, Afghanistan

    Sgt. Justin Bradley Allen was killed in a fire fight with enemy forces while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Ranger was assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

    Allen, 23, a native of Coal Grove, Ohio, was killed in Kandahar Province, by enemy forces on July 18.  Sgt. Allen was leading his team in an assault on an enemy position when he was mortally wounded by enemy small arms fire.

    Allen enlisted in the U.S. Army in May 2006.  For almost four years, he served as a grenadier, automatic rifleman and most recently as a team leader.

    “Sgt. Allen was an absolute warrior who was admired and respected by everyone,” said Lt. Col. Michael Foster, 1st Bn. Commander. “He was a man of immense talent and capabilities, and a bedrock of Delta Company.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Allen family.”

    Allen was on his second deployment to Afghanistan with two previous deployments to Iraq.

    “Sgt. Allen epitomized the Ranger Fire Team Leader - skilled Warrior, always led from the front, and cared fiercely for his men,” said Col. Michael E. Kurilla, commander of the 75th Rgr. Regt. “He is a hero to our Nation, the 75th Ranger Regiment, and to his family.”

    Allen was born on Aug. 7, 1986 in Ashland, Ky.  After graduating from Dawson Bryant High School, Allen enlisted in the U.S. Army in May 2006. He completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga. as an Infantryman. Then after graduating from the Basic Airborne Course, he was assigned to the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program at Fort Benning.

    Following graduation from the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, Allen was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in October 2007 where he served as a grenadier and automatic rifleman. He was later transferred to Company D where he served as a team leader.

    His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, the U.S. Army Ranger Course, and Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course,

    His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge and the U.S. Army Basic Rifle Marksmanship Qualification Badge. He was also awarded the Joint Service 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 was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Purple Heart.

    He is survived by his parents Roger and Bonnie Sue Allen of Coal Grove, Ohio.

    Mourning a Fallen Soldier (local news story)

    As a Ranger, Allen selflessly lived his life for others while he distinguished himself as a member of the Army’s premier light-infantry unit, which remains continuously deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism. In every instance he fought valiantly as he served his fellow Rangers and our great Nation.

  • 07/26/2010 1:56 PM | Anonymous

    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn -- The family of an Army helicopter pilot missing for nearly four decades in Vietnam says his remains have been recovered and will be returned to his native Oklahoma.

    Shannon Wann Plaster told The Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle that the remains of her father, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Donald Wann, were found in 2008 and the military recently confirmed the identification.

    The military, through, the Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, has not announced a change in Wann’s status.

    Wann was one of two soldiers, along with 1st Lt. Paul Magers of Sidney, Neb., deployed in a Cobra gunship on June 1, 1971, to extract a group of Army Rangers under attack, then destroy left behind ammunition and mines near Hill 1015, or Dong Tri Mountain.

    Wann and Magers were hit with anti-aircraft fire, causing the helicopter to crash somewhere around the hill, about six miles southwest of Thon Khe Xeng. Six radio calls were made to Wann and Magers. None were answered.

    Wann and Magers were both members of the 158th Aviation Battalion, 160th Aviation Group, 101st Airborne Division, now based at Fort Campbell, Ky. Their remains were never found after their helicopter crashed.

    Search and recovery teams found items related to the crash in the ensuing decades, but never the remains of the two pilots. Then, Plaster said, she got a call out of the blue.

    “I’m like, ‘You’re kidding,’” she said. “Just the knowing of it was like ‘Oh, my god.’“ Plaster said her father’s remains will be returned Aug. 18 and a funeral held Aug. 21 in his hometown of Muskogee, Okla. He will be buried at the Fort Gibson National Cemetery.

    The discovery of the remains has ended a lifelong mystery, Plaster said, even though she barely knew him before he deployed to Vietnam.

    “I have been so sad, so tired, so depressed my entire life,” she said. “You have this open wound that never heals.”

    “It’s going to be a welcome home party,” she said. “We’re going to celebrate his life. It’s going to be a lot of tears, but we’re going to have a lot of happy tears.”

    Wann was a career soldier, though his distinguished military career began in the Navy, where he served from 1955-66. He was a photographer in the Navy, journaling top-secret missions he could never tell his wife, Ruth, about or even where he had been. He deployed to Antarctica as part of Operation Deep Freeze, one of just a handful of soldiers and sailors to do so in their careers.

    For Plaster, the funeral is more than just burying her father, it is a relief.

    “I feel like I got a million pounds lifted off my chest,” she said. “I have a resting place. Before now all I had was a name on a wall.”


  • 07/25/2010 10:16 AM | Anonymous

    The former command sergeant major at Walter Reed Army Medical Center is facing up to 16 years in prison on charges he falsified his official record and wore a litany of decorations and qualification badges he was not awarded.

    Charges filed July 8 accused Command Sgt. Maj. Stoney N. Crump of wearing 11 awards that he didn’t earn, including the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Arrowhead Device, the Presidential Unit Citation Award, and the Senior Parachutist Badge.

    He allegedly wore the decorations and qualification badges at Walter Reed in Washington, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, Fort Bliss, Texas, and Heidelberg, Germany, according to the charge sheets.

    He is also charged with falsely claiming to have attended several elite schools, including U.S. Army Ranger School, Special Forces Airborne School and Sniper School.

    Crump had been relieved of duty in May for “unauthorized wear/claim of military awards, badges, and decorations,” Army officials said.

    At Walter Reed and Heidelberg, Crump also allegedly falsified his command sergeant major biography by claiming he had been awarded a Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon and that he was a registered nurse, according to the charge sheets.

    A spokesman for Europe Regional Medical Command in Heidelberg declined to comment because the investigation is ongoing.

    Crump is represented by an attorney at Fort Belvoir Trial Defense Service, according to Army Times. A woman who answered the phone at trial defense services said the office would have no comment on Crump.

    Crump did not return an e-mail seeking comment by deadline on Monday.

    Walter Reed spokesman Chuck Dasey declined to say how Crump’s alleged deceptions were discovered. Crump’s Article 32 hearing similar to a civilian grand jury, is slated for August.

    He faces charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, not the Stolen Valor Act, a federal law that was recently ruled unconstitutional. That act was intended to apply to veterans or people who were never in the military, said James Klimaski, a civilian attorney who practices military law.

    Command Sgt. Maj. Stoney N. Crump is accused of falsely claiming the following:


    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Arrowhead Device

    U.S. Navy Achievement Medal

    Meritorious Unit Citation

    Army Superior Award

    Presidential Unit Citation

    U.S. Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon

    Senior Aviation Badge

    Senior Parachutist Badge

    Three overseas service bars


    Reconnaissance School

    Sniper School

    Drill Sergeant Course

    U.S. Army Ranger School

    Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course

    Special Forces Airborne School

    Special Forces Jungle Warfare Course

    Panamanian Jungle School

    Special Operations Combat Medic Course

    Flight Standardization Course.

    In his Walter Reed and Heidelberg bios, he also claimed to be awarded the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon and that he was a registered nurse. In his Heidelberg bio, he claimed he was awarded the Overseas Service Ribbon and the Air Crew Member Badge.

  • 07/23/2010 7:01 PM | Anonymous

    WASHINGTON, July 23, 2010 – Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who most recently commanded all U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, retired today in a ceremony here near his Fort McNair home.

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called McChrystal one of America’s greatest warriors and a treasured friend and colleague.

    “We bid farewell to Stan McChrystal today with pride and sadness,” Gates said. “Pride for his unique record as a man and soldier; sadness that our comrade and his prestigious talents are leaving us.

    “This consummate ranger possessed one of the sharpest and most inquisitive minds in the Army,” the secretary continued.

    McChrystal’s contributions to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were groundbreaking, Gates said, as the general “employed every tool available” to create success on the battlefield.

    “Over the past decade, no single American has inflicted more fear and more loss of life on our country’s most vicious and violent enemies than Stan McChrystal,” he said. “Commanding special operation forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, Stan was a pioneer in creating a revolution in warfare that fused intelligence and operations.”

    And when violence in Iraq seemed almost unstoppable in 2006 and 2007, McChrystal and his special operators all but “crushed al-Qaida,” Gates said.

    “It was a campaign that was well underway before the surge, … when so many had given up hope in our mission there,” Gates said. “Stan McChrystal never lost faith in his troopers, never relented, never gave up on Iraq.

    “And his efforts played a decisive part in the dramatic security gains that now allow Iraq to move forward as a democracy and drawdown U.S. forces there.”

    Pentagon officials called on McChrystal again last year, after deciding the mission in Afghanistan needed “new thinking, new energy and new leadership,” Gates said. McChrystal was without a doubt the best leader for the job, he added.

    “I wanted the very best warrior-general in our armed forces for this fight,” Gates said. “I needed to be able to tell myself, the president and the troops that we had the very best possible person in charge in Afghanistan. I owed that to the troops there and the American people.”

    Gates also recognized McChrystal’s wife, Annie, and son, Sam, for their support to the nation.

    “Like so many Army families since 9/11 …, they have endured long separations from their husband and dad, and like so many families, they have done so with grace and resilience,” Gates said.

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey said McChrystal is a true warrior and professional, calling him one of the most experienced and successful officers in today’s Army.

    His career has been unique and amazing, Casey said, noting his various assignments in special warfare units, as well as positions on the Joint Staff and as commander of forces in Afghanistan.

    “Stan has had a truly remarkable career in both peace and war,” Casey said. “He has walked the career path of a warrior, scholar and statesman.

    “[McChrystal’s] operational experiences span the entire spectrum of conflict,” Casey continued. “The truth is that Stan has done more to carry the fight to al-Qaida since 2001 than any other person in [the Defense Department], and possibly the country.”

    McChrystal was always admired by his troops, and always dedicated to them and his country, Casey said. McChrystal leaves a legacy of service that will be emulated for decades, he added.

    “I can’t think of no officer who’s had more impact on this country’s battle against extremism,” he said. “For 34 years, Stan McChrystal … his face has been marred by the dust and sweat of combat. He is a warrior … our Army and our nation will deeply miss him.”

    “This has the potential to be an awkward, or even a sad occasion,” McChrystal said. “With my resignation, I left a mission I feel strongly about. I ended a career I loved that began over 38 years ago, and I left unfulfilled commitments I made to many comrades in the fight.

    “My service did not end as I would have wished,” he continued. “Still Annie and I aren’t approaching the future with sadness, but with hope.”

    McChrystal said his career has amassed some amazing moments and memories, but it’s the people he served with who he will remember most. He noted the many officers and enlisted soldiers he rose through the ranks with, as well as civilians he worked with in Afghanistan.

    “It’s always about the people,” he said. “It was about the soldiers who were well trained; the young sergeants who emerged from the ranks with strength, discipline, commitment and courage.

    “To have shared so much with, and been so dependent on people of such courage, integrity and selflessness, taught me to believe,” he said.

    None had more of an impact on McChrystal throughout his life and career than his wife, he said.

    “She’s always been there when it mattered,” he said. The McChrystals are high school sweethearts who’ve been married for 33 years. “As we conclude a career together, it’s important for you to know that she was there.

    “She was there when my father commissioned me a second lieutenant of infantry, and she was waiting some months later when I emerged from Ranger School,” he said. “As the years passed and the fight grew every more difficult and deadly, Annie’s quiet courage gave me strength I would never otherwise have found.”

    As I leave the Army to those with responsibilities to carry on, I’d say service in this business is tough and often dangerous,” McChrystal said. “If I had it to do over again, I’d do some things in my career differently, but not many. I trust in people, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.”

    Click here to view the full transcript of remarks.

  • 07/23/2010 3:46 PM | Anonymous

    During the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment’s change of command ceremony July 20, LTC Mark O’Donnell took the reins from COL Daniel Walrath. The unit just returned from Afghanistan.

    The reviewing officer, 75th Ranger Regiment Commander COL Michael Kurilla, told the Rangers standing on the parade field at the National Infantry Museum and the audience sitting in the grandstands that while Walrath is without peer, O’Donnell is no stranger to the Ranger community.

    O’Donnell returns to the regiment from a 12-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    LTC Mark O’Donnell, incoming commander of 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, accepts the battalion colors from COL Michael Kurilla, regimental commander, during a change of command ceremony July 20 at the National Infantry Museum parade field.

    During his remarks, O’Donnell said he has spent his career in awe of the Ranger scroll and all of the men who stand behind it.

    “I am truly humbled to stand in your ranks,” O’Donnell told the Rangers of 3rd Battalion. “I will never take this opportunity for granted.”

    Calling the Rangers national treasures, Walrath said the 3rd Battalion is the “force of choice for the mission impossible … and wouldn’t want it any other way.

    “It has been my distinct honor and privilege to serve with you during these historic times,” he said. “We made a difference

  • 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.

    Previous news story

    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.


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