Mitch Quinn Celebration of Life

A celebration of life for Mitchell Quinn will take place 27 - 29 September 2019 in Chino Valley, Arizona. A burial service will be held at a later date in summer 2020 at the Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Michigan.

The Quinn family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to this link to start a scholarship fund in memory of CMSgt Quinn. Use the link below to support the family.

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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.

Two Valor Awards for TACP

By Brian W. Everstine

An Air Force tactical air control party airman received both the Silver Star and Bronze Star medals—both with Valor—for two separate missions during a single deployment to Afghanistan last year.

TSgt. Cam Kelsch, assigned to the 17th Special Tactics Squadron at Fort Benning, Ga., was deployed with the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment on April 25, 2018, when his team was tasked with tracking down a high-value target during a night raid in Afghanistan.

When the unit came under attack, Kelsch exposed himself to the fire and called in strikes from an AC-130 circling above, which used its 40 mm cannon to attack targets within 40 meters of the team’s location.

“There’s one thing that Cam had that day that we can’t teach, instruct, or measure,” said Maj. Gen. Vincent K. Becklund, deputy commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, during a ceremony at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Pooler, Ga. “The reason we’re here today is because Cam distinguished himself on the battlefield that night through his courage, his selflessness, and his devotion to his teammates.”

Wounded as he dragged a fellow US service member to safety, saving his life, Kelsch continued to call in strikes on more targets about 70 meters away, according to the citation.

He then called on an unidentified ISR aircraft to coordinate simultaneous 500-pound bombs from an F-16 and 105 mm cannon blasts from the AC-130 to take out a final enemy location.

Kelsch also received the Bronze Star with Valor for an undated mission during which he placed himself between an enemy location and his team’s wounded ground force commander.

With enemy in “immediate proximity,” Kelsch eliminated that threat and helped his ground commander recover, according to the citation.

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Zac Butcher was hospitalized for septic shock and multipe organ failure on 3/13/2019. The infection attacked his entire system, eventually killing him.

Zac Butcher Funeral Update

The viewing will be Sunday, 14 April, from 2-5 and the funeral will be Monday, 15 April, at 10:30.

The location for the viewing and funeral is:
Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home and Crematory
1221 North 16th Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Burial services will follow at 1pm at:
Omaha National Cemetery
14250 Schram Road
Omaha, NE 68138