JBSA-Lackland’s Chapman Training Annex dedicated to fallen Air Force Medal of Honor recipient


Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright (left) and Chief Master Sgt. Julie Gudgel (right), along with the family of Master Sgt. John A. Chapman (center), reveal the new sign during the Chapman Annex renaming ceremony, March 4, 2020. Formerly Joint Base San Antonio-Annex, home of Special Warfare training, was renamed JBSA-Chapman Annex in honor of the service, heroism and ultimate sacrifice of Master Sgt. John A. Chapman. Chapman was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his action in Takur Ghar, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarayuth Pinthong)


General Stephen W. Wilson (left), Vice Chief of Staff of United States Air Force, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright (center), and Lt. Gen. Marshall B. Webb (right), commander of Air Education and Training Command attend the Joint Base San Antonio Annex renaming ceremony, March 4, 2020, at Joint Base San Antonio-Chapman Annex, Texas. Joint Base San Antonio-Annex, home of Special Warfare training, is renamed JBSA-Chapman Annex in honor of the service, heroism, and ultimate sacrifice of Master Sgt. John A. Chapman. Chapman was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his action in Takur Ghar, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarayuth Pinthong)


Valerie Nessel, spouse of Master Sgt. John A. Chapman, gives a few words during the Joint Base San Antonio Annex renaming ceremony, March 4, 2020, at Joint Base San Antonio-Chapman Training Annex, Texas. Joint Base San Antonio-Annex, home of Special Warfare training, is renamed JBSA-Chapman Training Annex in honor of the service, heroism, and ultimate sacrifice of Master Sgt. John A. Chapman. Chapman was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his action in Takur Ghar, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarayuth Pinthong)


Valerie Nessel (center), spouse of Master Sgt. John A. Chapman, speaks to attendees during the Joint Base San Antonio-Chapman Training Annex renaming ceremony, March 4, 2020. Formerly Joint Base San Antonio-Annex, home of Special Warfare training, was renamed JBSA-Chapman Training Annex in honor of the service, heroism and ultimate sacrifice of Master Sgt. John A. Chapman. Chapman was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his action in Takur Ghar, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarayuth Pinthong)


Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright hugs Ms. Valerie Nessel, spouse of Master Sgt. John A. Chapman, during the Joint Base San Antonio-Chapman Annex renaming ceremony, March 4, 2020. Formerly the Joint Base San Antonio-Annex and home of Special Warfare training, the annex wa renamed in honor of the service, heroism and ultimate sacrifice of Master Sgt. John A. Chapman. Chapman was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his action in Takur Ghar, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarayuth Pinthong)


U.S. Airmen participate in the memorial pushups during the Joint Base San Antonio Annex renaming ceremony, March 4, 2020, at Joint Base San Antonio-Chapman Training Annex, Texas. Joint Base San Antonio-Chapman Training Annex, home of Special Warfare training, is renamed JBSA-Chapman Training Annex in honor of the service, heroism, and ultimate sacrifice of Master Sgt. John A. Chapman. Chapman was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his action in Takur Ghar, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarayuth Pinthong)

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We lost Vince Fox today due to Cancer.

Obituary of Vincent Fox
COLUMBIA – Vincent Edward Fox, 57, passed away Friday, January 10, 2020. Born in Chillicothe, OH, he was the son of Wanda Taylor Fox, and the late Don Fox.
Vincent retired from the U.S. Air Force after 22 ½ years of service and went on to work for the Air Force as a program analyst. He was a member of Bethel Worship Center and TACP Association and served on the board of Habitat for Humanity. Vincent enjoyed farming, raising chickens, expressing pride and joy in his family, mentoring and helping others and watching westerns. He made friends everywhere he went, never meeting a stranger. He loved serving God and his church and community as well as being an encourager of others in their faith.
Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Janet Fox; children, Bryan Fox (Courtney) of Japan, Megan Black (Nolan) of Anderson; mother, Wanda Fox; grandchildren, Rachel Fox, Ethan Fox, Jake Black, Mikalyn Black; and siblings, Preston Fox and April Weidner both of OH.
A Homegoing Celebration BBQ Fellowship will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Bethel Worship Center. 814 Fair Street, Camden, S.C. 29020. Memorials may be made to Bethel Worship Center or Habitat for Humanity Kershaw County.

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Bill Weaver passed away today at 0115 hrs.

The funeral service for William M. “Bill” Weaver will be 2:00pm Monday, December 16th at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Watertown. Burial will be held at the convenience of his family. Calling hours will precede the service at the funeral home beginning at 12:00pm.

Bill passed away at Samaritan Medical Center Thursday, December 12th. He was 59 years old.

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Bobby Mack, a founding member of our community passed away today due to complications from a stroke.

Master Sergeant Bobby Wayne Mack of Ft. Walton Beach has flown West after suffering a series of strokes. Bobby was instrumental in establishment of the enlisted TACP school at Hurlburt Field, Florida, which resulted in yesterday’s “ROMAD” turning into the very effective JTAC of today. He was an absolutely superior NCO and helped me integrate the “junior” elements of the TACP into our officer track of the Joint Firepower Control Course at the Air-Ground Operations School in the early eighties. We later worked together at BAE Systems in Ft. Walton, along with Col. Jim Adams and Lt. Col. Jack Dorr. After retirement he later became an adjunct professor at the Northwest Florida State College and taught there for a number of years. Bobby was a gentleman and a superior Kingfish fisherman. His contribution to Volume I of “Cleared Hot”, A Terrible Day at LZ Two Bits is on p. 298. Services will be held at 2pm on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at the Emerald Coast Funeral Home on Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Slow hand salute to a distinguished NCO, a fine fisherman, and a great friend for many years. Chuck Johnson / Jake 73










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Colton George Drye, age 22, of Belton, TX, formally of Lena passed unexpectedly away on July 29, 2019. He was born on April 23, 1997 to Richard “Rich” and Deanna (Herman) Drye in Freeport, IL. He grew up in Lena and in 2015 he graduated from Lena-Winslow High School. Colton served his country in the United States Air Force. He was currently serving as a Special Operations TACP/ JTAC 9th ASOS in Fort Hood, TX. He had a strong love for the brotherhood TACP Special Ops. In his free time Colton enjoyed hockey and baseball; he competed in cross fit, and enjoyed working out. Most of all Colton had an infectious smile that would light up a room and had a heart of gold.

He is survived by his parents Rich and Deanna Drye of Lena, two brothers- Dustin of Bakersfield, CA and Andrew of Twenty-Nine Palms, CA; grandparents- George Drye of Lena, Robert and Tana Herman of Lena; great-grandmother Betty Raders of Lena; girlfriend Aubree Rosa of Glendora, CA; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and his brothers of the TACP.

Colton was preceded in death by his grandmother Norma “Jeanie” Drye, great-grandma Leona Grebner, and great-grandfather Frank Raders.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sunday August 4, 2019 at the Lena-Winslow Elementary School Fine Arts Center, 401 Fremont Street, Lena, Illinois 61048.

Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday August 5, 2019, with a visitation prior to the Funeral Service from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Lena-Winslow Elementary School Fine Arts Center, 401 Fremont Street, Lena, Illinois 61048.

Interment will take place at the Lena Burial Park with full Military Honors.

Lt. Colonel Friese will officiate the services.

Gathering to follow at Route 20 Bar and Grill.

A memorial has been established in his name.