On August 26th, 2021, the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, was attacked. Below I am listing the names and accomplishments of the 13 fallen soldiers we lost that day. As a veteran, things like this hit me hard. They hit all veterans and active duty hard. It is an important thing, when this happens, to say the names of those we lost out loud and give each one of them a moment of silence. I would like to ask everyone when you read this to please give them the honor and respect they deserve.
This simple act is a thing that can be seen in Star Trek episodes and movies when they lose a crew member. The one that most sticks out in my mind is when Spock was lost. He made the sacrifice for everyone else to save the ship. As he was launched into space, everyone aboard gave a moment of silence and reverence for their fallen comrade.
Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Assigned to 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Naval Support Activity, Bahrain. “Her service was not only crucial to evacuating thousands of women and children, but epitomizes what it means to be a Marine: putting herself in danger for the protection of American values so that others might enjoy them,” Marine 1st Lt. John “Jack” Coppola said told the Boston Globe Saturday in a statement. “She is a hero, and her legacy will never be forgotten.”
Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, California
Assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Gee entered active duty in the Marine Corps in 2017, according to a Facebook post from II Marine Expeditionary Force. She was a ground electronics transmission systems maintainer assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 24, a subordinate unit of Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force. Her previous assignments include recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina; School of Infantry–East in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Aviation Accession & Primary Military Occupational Specialty School in Pensacola, Florida; and Marine Corps Communications-Electronics School in Twentynine Palms, California, according to II MEF. Her military awards include the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense and Global War on Terrorism Service Medals.
Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California
Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska.
Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana.
Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas
Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Missouri.
Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, California.
Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, of Norco, California.
Navy Corpsman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio
His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal, Flag letter of Accommodation. Additional awards pending approval may include Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
By 1LT Rob Wade – 888th Tigersharks – Officer-In-Charge
Ref – www.militarytimes.com