Hawaii Officials Honor Fallen War Heroes
(April 1, 2010)
A member of the Joint Base Hickam-Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, honor guard salutes during a rifle volley and the playing of "Taps" by a Marine Corps bandsman to honor 28 fallen servicemembers being presented the Hawaii Medal of Honor posthumously during a special ceremony March 23, 2010, at the State Capitol in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Hawaii Medal of Honor was created in 2005 to recognize the heroism of those members of the U.S. armed forces with links to Hawaii who are killed in action while serving our country as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan.
| ||HONOLULU (3/29/2010 - AFNS) -- The Hawaii State Senate and House of Representatives convened an afternoon joint session March 23 here to award the Hawaii Medal of Honor to recognize military servicemembers who have made "the ultimate sacrifice". |
Among the 28 servicemembers posthumously awarded the medal was 1st Lt. Roslyn Schulte, the first female graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy to be killed by an enemy combatant.
Lieutenant Schulte was an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations officer assigned to the 613th Air and Space Operations Center at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. She died last May in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device struck her vehicle while en route to a Bagram Airfield meeting.
During the ceremony, Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle offered words of encouragement to the families at the session.
"We wanted you to know that from our perspective, although your loss can never be healed completely, your family members were not lost in vain," said Governor Lingle. "The fact that we believe that, does not take away your pain, but future generations will look at these family members as heroes."
|Governor Lingle extended gratitude on behalf of the people of Hawaii.|
"All of you will remain in the hearts and thoughts of the people of Hawaii," said Gov. Lingle. "We all owe you, along with the rest of America, a tremendous debt of thanks and gratitude."
|Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle offers words of encouragement to family members, friends and co-workers of 28 fallen servicemembers who were posthumously presented the Hawaii Medal of Honor during her remarks at a special ceremony March 23, 2010, at the State Capitol in Honolulu, Hawaii.|
|Also attending the ceremony, were various commanders, friends and co-workers of those being recognized.|
Lieutenant Schulte's supervisor, Lt. Col. Christopher Sartorius, assigned to 613th Air and Space Operations Center at JB Hickam, accepted the medal on behalf of the Schulte family.
"It is an honor and a pleasure to accept the Hawaii Medal of Honor on behalf of Lieutenant. Roslyn Schulte and her family," Colonel Sartorius said. "I want to thank the Hawaii legislature for honoring Lieutenant Schulte with the Medal of Honor and for such a beautiful ceremony."
The Hawaii Medal of Honor was created in 2005 to recognize the heroism of those members of the U.S. armed forces with links to Hawaii who are killed in action while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan.
|Article and photos by USAF TSgt. Jerome S. Tayborn|
Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs
Reprinted from Air Force News Service
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