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DECEMBER 2014
Sunday  Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday 
30 December 01

  • MSgt
        Alfred Caisse
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     12:15 - DFW Cemetery
    Mission Report Mission Photos
  • 02

  • SMSgt
        James Grimm
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     10:00 - Arlington
     12:15 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Photos

  • Donald Lucia
    (Funeral Services)
    Staging:
     12:30 - Burkburnett
  • 03 04

  • MSgt
        Donald Roberts
    (Memorial Service)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Wichita Falls

  • Sgt
        William Spencer
    (Funeral, Interment Services)
    Staging:
     09:30 - Fort Worth
    Mission Photos

  • Chaplain Col
        Bruce Coltharp
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     11:45 - DFW Cemetery
    Mission Photos

  • CPT
        Phillip Gray
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     11:00 - Waxahachie
     13:45 - DFW Cemetery
    Mission Photos
  • 05

  • A2C
        Tommy Browning
    (Funeral Service)
    Staging:
     12:30 - Ft Worth
  • 06

  • Walter Biffle
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     13:00 - Burkburnett

    FALLEN SOLDIER ALERT At DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
  • 07 PEARL HARBOR
          DAY

               
       Flags At Half Staff

  • Christmas Party for Children of Deploying Guard Unit
    (Christmas Party - Community Event)
    Staging:
     10:45 - Wichita Falls
  • 08

  • SP4
        Charles Bowman
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     11:00 - Mansfield
     13:15 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Report Mission Photos

  • Tech 5
        Harold Pinkston
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     13:00 - Sandusky
    Mission Report Mission Photos

  • Karl Cole
    (Visitation, Funeral
    Service)

    Staging:
     14:30 - Mansfield
    Mission Report
  • 09 10

  • PFC
        William Bradford
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     10:00 - Decatur
    Mission Report

  • LCpl
        James Horton
    (Funeral Service
    Staging:
     12:45 - Bonham
    Mission Report Mission Photos
  • 11 SNOWBALL EXPRESS

  • Snowball Express
    (Arrivals)
    Staging:
     08:30 - DFW Airport
     11:45 - DFW Airport


  • LCpl
        James Horton
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     12:30 - DFW Cemetery
    Mission Report Mission Photos
  • 12 SNOWBALL EXPRESS

  • Snowball Express
    (Fun Day in Dallas)
    Staging:
     07:00 - Fort Worth
                   - Train Station


  • SPC
        LeRoy Hubl
    (Funeral, Procession, Inurnment)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Lewisville

  • CMSgt
        Glenn Browne
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     13:15 - DFW Cemetery
  • 13 SNOWBALL EXPRESS

  • Snowball Express
    Staging Location Change
    (Western Day At The Ranch)
    Staging:
     08:30 - Fort Worth

  • EM1
        John Phillips
    (Funeral Service)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Mansfield

  • TSgt
        James Ratcliff
    (Funeral, Interment Services)
    Staging:
     12:30 - Mansfield

  • William Hart
    (Procession and Interment)
    Staging:
     14:30 - Irving
  • 14 SNOWBALL EXPRESS

  • Snowball Express
    (Activities at the Zoo)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Fort Worth
                  -Ft Worth City Zoo
  • 15 SNOWBALL EXPRESS

  • Snowball Express
    (Preparations for Departures)
    Staging:
     05:00 - DFW Airport

  • Sgt
        John King
    (Funeral, Interment Services)
    Staging:
     08:30 - Mansfield
     10:45 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Photos
  • 16

  • Cpl
        Randall Philpot
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Mansfield
     11:45 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Photos

  • SA
        Lloyd Baslee
    (Funeral Service)
    Staging:
     08:30 - Springtown
     12:15 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Photos

  • 1st Lt
        Norman McEnrue
    (Homeless Veteran Interment Service)
    Staging:
     13:15 - DFW Cemetery
    Mission Photos
  • 17 18

  • SGT
        Melvin Hatfield
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     12:30 - DFW Cemetery
    Mission Photos
  • 19

  • Charles Kurp
    (Funeral, Interment Services)
    Staging:
     07:45 - Grand Prairie
     09:30 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Photos

  • SMSgt
        James Hynes
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Coppell
     12:15 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Photos

  • SN
        Jack Chrismon
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     14:00 - Denton

  • LCpl
        John Smith
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     13:00 - Bowie
  • 20

  • Troyce Scogin
    (Funeral, Interment Services)
    Staging:
     12:00 - Waxahachie

  • Jimmie Gibson
    (Memorial Service)
    Staging:
     13:00 - Red Oak
  • 21 WINTER BEGINS 18:03 22 23

  • S/Sgt
        Joseph Jurlina
    (Procession, Interment Service)
    Staging:
     09:30 - Dallas
     10:30 - DFW Cemetery


  • Loren Laws
    (Funeral, Interment Services)
    Staging:
     10:00 - Dallas
     10:15 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Photos Mission Photos

  • SSG
        Ramond Hill
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Mesquite
     13:45 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Photos
  • 24 CHRISTMAS EVE

  • PFC
        Jonathan Armenta
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     08:45 - DFW Cemetery
  • 25 CHRISTMAS DAY The Above Forecast Is For Dallas , Texas 26

  • SSgt
        Richard Marsh
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     08:30 - Arlington
     10:45 - DFW Cemetery


  • Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. South southeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph
    The Above Forecast Is For Dallas , Texas
    Dallas
  • 27
    28 29 30 31 NEW YEARS EVE January 01
    NEW YEARS DAY
    02

  • LTC
        Ernest Ray
    (Mission Pending - Ride Captain: Rick Crabb)
    Staging:
     ??:?? - Dallas?
     13:45? - DFW Cemetery?
  • 03
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    IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

    A Different Christmas Poem
    Posted: 12/23/2014
    From The Family of James Ratcliff
    Posted: 12/22/2014
    From a card sent by the family of James Ratcliff:

    Thank you so much - for the time you give, the hearts you warm, the smiles you make - you’re appreciated. No words can express our appreciation for the honor you bestowed on our father James C. Ratcliff on 12-13-14.

    Mae Ratcliff & Pop’s children and the rest of his family
    Leadership Changes
    Posted: 12/22/2014

    Mark Littel
    Please join me in congratulating "Mark Little" for his advancement to the position of Ride Captain in the North Texas Patriot Guard Riders. Mark who is located in Arlington Texas has been in the "Ride Captain in Training" program since early September and as of December 11th is one of our newest Ride Captains. Mark has demonstrated dedication and commitment to serve as one of our Ride Captains and I believe he will do an excellent job in helping us to Honor our Military Families.

    Very Respectfully,
    Ken DuBois
    Deputy State Captain
    North Texas Patriot Guard Rider

    Effective Immediately, Rock Malaspina will fill the role of "Mission Dispatcher" and will be assigning missions to our Ride Captains as they come in. Garland Raney will be stepping back in the role as a Ride Captain serving the North Texas area. Garland has held this position for about one year and has performed his duties with the utmost expertise and I truly appreciate all that he has done to keep this origination moving forward.

    Job well done !

    Very Respectfully,
    Ken DuBois
    Deputy State Captain
    North Texas Patriot Guard Rider

    Rock Malaspina
    Snowball Express 2014 - Opening Ceremony Featuring the PGR!!    (11Dec14)
    12/20/2014

    Video By PGR Member Jon "Weasel" Meleshenko
    From The William Hart Mission
    12/15/2014
    I just wanted to let you folks know how appreciative my family and I were for all of y'all taking time out of your day to honor my pop. He would have been so proud of the way you folks handled everything. My family also wants to thank y'all for you service in the military. Hope you all have a great holiday and God bless you all

    Tracy and Brandy Hart
    From Members of the PGR National Board of Directors
    12/15/2014
    "Y'all have made Snowball a model effort that the rest of the organization should strive to emulate. We thank you folks for making us all look good!"
    Patriot Guard Riders Across The United States
    Raise Funds For Snowball Express
    12/15/2014
    Snowball Express is the Charity that works to provide hope and wonderful new memories for the children of our fallen heroes. These children and the surviving parent have paid the ultimate price for our freedom and America will be forever in their debt.

    Last year the Patriot Guard Riders partnered with Snowball Express in an effort to combine our endeavors to show honor and respect to these Gold Star families.

    Making the check presentation to "Buck" Kern, Executive Director of SnowBall Express on behalf of the Patriot Guard Riders National Board of Directors was Mike Lambert, Texas State Captain, Ken Dubois, Deputy State Captain for North Texas, and Dexter the Snowball dog.
    From The Snowball Express Kids
    12/15/2014
    From The Tech 5 Pinkston Mission
    12/12/2014
    Thank you, I was a pleasure meeting you and others in your organization. It meant the world to my wife and her sisters that their Dad was honored with ya'll's presence at his funeral.

    Thank you,
    Rod Holle
    LATEST CASUALTIES REPORTED IN NOVEMBER OF 2014

    4 AMERICAN PATRIOT REPORTEDLY HAS DIED THIS MONTH DEFENDING OUR FREEDOM
     Branch:
     ARMY
    Ages:
    37
    22
    Country:
    Afghanistan
    Information Released:  .
    December 14, 2014  .

    The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    They died Dec. 12, in Parwan Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. These soldiers were assigned to 3rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

    Killed were:
       Sgt. 1st Class Ramon S. Morris, 37, of New York, New York; and
       Spc. Wyatt J. Martin, 22, of Mesa, Arizona. .
     Branch:
     ARMY
    Age:
    29
    Country:
    Afghanistan
    Information Released:  .
    December 04, 2014  .

    Staff Sgt. Matthew R. Ammerman, 29, of Noblesville, Indiana, died Dec. 3, in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from small arms fire while conducting a clearing operation.

    He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
     Branch:
     Air Force
    Age:
    30
    Country:
    Afghanistan
    Information Released:  .
    December 02, 2014  .

    The Department of Defense announced today the death of an Airman who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

    Capt. William H. Dubois, 30, of New Castle, Colorado, died Dec. 1 when his F-16 aircraft crashed near a coalition air base in the Middle East. He was assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.
     

    IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. NR-612-14 December 11, 2014

     Department of Defense Releases Second Quarter Suicide Information

    Today, the Department of Defense released the quarterly suicide report (QSR) for the second quarter of calendar year 2014.

    The report summarizes suicide counts for all services and components during the months of April through June of this year. Counts were down in all components from the first quarter. There were 70 suicides among service members in the active component, 14 suicides among service members in the reserves, and 20 suicides among service members in the National Guard.

    The report also shows annual suicide rates and counts for 2012 and 2013.

    The QSR is intended to communicate the department's suicide data on a routine basis. A breakdown of second quarter, 2014, suicide counts and resources for service members and their families, who may be facing challenges, can be found here.

    Additional information is available on the Suicide Prevention Office website at www.suicideoutreach.org .



    IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. NR-598-14 December 01, 2014
    ________________________________________
    Airmen Missing From WWII Accounted For

    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been accounted for and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

    Army Air Forces 1st Lts. William D. Bernier of Augusta, Montana; Bryant E. Poulsen of Salt Lake City, Utah and Herbert V. Young Jr. of Clarkdale, Arizona; Tech Sgts. Charles L. Johnston of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Hugh F. Moore of Elkton, Maryland; Staff Sgts. John E. Copeland of Dearing, Kansas and Charles J. Jones of Athens, Georgia; and Sgt. Charles A. Gardner of San Francisco, California, have been accounted for and will be buried with full military honors. Gardner will be buried Dec. 4 in Arlington National Cemetery.

    On April 10, 1944, Gardner, along with 11 other B-24D Liberator crew members took off from Texter Strip, Nazdab Air Field, New Guinea, on a mission to attack an anti-aircraft site at Hansa Bay. The aircraft was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire over the Madang Province, New Guinea. Four of the crewmen were able to parachute from the aircraft, but were reported to have died in captivity.

    Following World War II, the Army Graves Registration Service (AGRS) conducted investigations and recovered the remains of three of the missing airmen. In May 1949, AGRS concluded the remaining nine crew members were unrecoverable.

    In 2001, a U.S.-led team located wreckage of a B-24D that bore the tail number of this aircraft. After several surveys, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) teams excavated the site and recovered human remains and non-biological material evidence.

    To identify Gardner's remains, scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools, including, mitochondrial DNA, which matched Gardner's maternal niece and nephew.

    For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO website at www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call 703-699-1169.

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