Hundreds gathered to dedicate a memorial to past, present and future special tactic operators.
A team of air force ground operations that conduct personal recovery, global access and precision strike missions.
“Uncommon valor is a common virtue, but the costs of war are real, and special tactics airmen understand this cost better than anyone,” says David L. Goldfein, Chief of Staff U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
Because of that bravery, officials thought it was best to pay homage to the ones who have fallen to protect our country.
“It’s been about a 3 year process, to make all of this happen, to raise the money for it, to do the engineering site work, to get all the stone engraved and moved down here,” says Michael Flatten Vice Commander of the 24th Special Operations Wing.
The 7-foot bronze statue of the special tactical airman in operation gear is the only one of its kind in the entire country.
“This is the only memorial in the United States, or in the department of the defense that is dedicated to air force para rescue, air force combat control, air force pac t, and air force statue,” says Steven Haggett.
For members of the service, they say it gives them peace when they come visit and the permission to say a word of thanks.
“I have a place that I can come, touch their name, and i can think about them remember them say a prayer and it gives me some level of peace,” says Flatten.
“This was a great way for us to say hey thank you, for what you do for your country, the sacrifices made each and every day. And the level of dedication the show to the county,” says Haggett.