Never Forgotten, fallen Offutt defenders receive memorial
By David R. Hopper, 55th Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 03, 2012
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- Offutt Defenders and special guests came together Sept. 28 at the 55th Security Forces Squadron's headquarters on Offutt Air Force base, to dedicate a memorial to security forces members who were killed during Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
The memorial was adorned with photos of lost defenders, which included Air Force and Navy members who make up Team Offutt's integrated 55th SFS.
"We just want to pay tribute to the all those men and women who came before us and paid the ultimate sacrifice," said Maj. Thomas Segars, 55th SFS commander.
Special guests at the memorial service included family members of fallen defenders U.S. Navy Master at Arms 2nd Class Sean Brazas and Master at Arms 1st Class John Douangdara.
"It makes us feel good that they honored everybody who has passed in this line of work," said Chan Follen, sister of fallen defender Master at Arms 1st Class John Douangdara. "I feel that people in the military aren't honored enough, they should honor everyone here."
"I am so proud of my brother and to see the ongoing support is just amazing," said Kelly Nance, sister of U.S. Navy Master at Arms 2nd Class Sean Brazas. "I wish I didn't have to see him up there but I am very proud of him."
Emotion was running high at the memorial service and not just for the family members but also to close friends of the fallen like Tech. Sgt. Dennis Walker, 55th SFS, who served with Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Jacobson before she became the first security forces combat casualty since Vietnam.
"The 28th of September will forever be a painful day for me and many others who knew [Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Jacobson]," Walker said. "Not a day goes by that I have not thought of the impact she has had on my life personally."
The memorial service took place on the seven-year anniversary for when friends and family were faced with the loss of Jacobson and it was only fitting that those in attendance were treated to her personal motto.
"We are only on the Earth for a little while, so live life to the fullest and carry a smile," personal motto of Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Jacobson as quoted by Tech. Sgt. Dennis Walker.