Memorial sign dedicated to fallen Fairborn soldier

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 11:34 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 2:15 PM

A section of Ohio 235 has been dedicated to Army Specialist Jesse A. Snow.

A memorial service this morning included the unveiling of a sign in honor of Snow, 25, a graduate of Fairborn High School. He was killed Nov. 14, 2010, when his platoon was attacked by enemy fire.

Snow was trying to save a wounded comrade when he was fatally shot.

Army Specialist Jesse Snow’s family received his posthumously awarded Silver Star, the nation’s third highest combat medal in a November 2010 ceremony at the Air Force Museum.

The commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division, that Snow was part of, presented the award.

He is from a family with a long lineage of service to the country. His father had served in the Air Force. Snow’s five other siblings were also there, three of whom also served in the military.

Jesse’s father, John Snow, said at that time, “My wife and I know our sons and we know what they are capable of doing and Jesse proved what he could do.”

The family said Jesse Snow just wanted his infantry badge when he joined the army, but because of his heroic efforts in the line of duty, he’s been honored with much more.

The ceremony took place on Jesse’s birthday, in Oakes Quarry Park just east of Interstate 675 at the Ohio 235 exit.

Mark Bruce contributed to this story.

Air Force Museum receives $10k donation

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 11:37 AM
Updated: Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 11:37 AM

Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. (MTSI) presented the Air Force Museum Foundation Thursday with a $10,000 donation to support a forthcoming new building at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The building will house Presidential aircraft, Space, Global Reach, and Research & Development exhibits.

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Richard V. Reynolds, Chairman of the Air Force Museum Foundation’s Board of Managers said “The fourth building is vital to further expand facilities to tell the Air Force story, to provide greater public understanding and appreciation for the Air Force’s role as an integrated air, space and cyberspace force and provide new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities for America’s youth. MTSI’s generous donation will have a positive impact for many generations to come, and we are proud to recognize them for that.”

Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. formed in 1993, provides technical services in unmanned systems, ballistic missile defense, air vehicle survivability, flight test operations and systems engineering.

Current plans call for building to be opened in 2015.

Native of Auglaize Co. soldier dies in Afghanistan

Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 12:25 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 @ 3:16 PM

An Army soldier from Auglaize County died this week while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Staff Sgt. Sonny C. Zimmerman, 25, of Waynesfield, died Monday in Paktiya Province, Afghanistan. Zimmerman was hurt while on a mounted patrol attacked by a rocket-propelled grenade, according to the Department of Defense.

Zimmerman was an infantry squad leader assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, Fort Campbell, Ky.

Some of Zimmerman’s many awards include the Purple Heart and three Army commendation medals, according to the Department of Defense website.

He is survived by his wife Morgan, a step-daughter, Riley McVicker, of Lima; and his parents, Chris Zimmerman of Waynesfield and Michelle Fischback of Jennings, Ohio.

Furloughs start today

Published: Monday, July 08, 2013 @ 6:25 AM
Updated: Monday, July 08, 2013 @ 6:25 AM

Furloughs begin Monday for more than 10-thousand civilian workers at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

The Department of Defense requires workers to take eleven days of unpaid leave, one day each week.

It adds up to a 20 percent pay cut for employees, during those weeks. The furloughs are in effect until September 21st.

Area Army Specialist makes it home

Published: Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 10:31 PM
Updated: Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 10:37 PM

Army Spec. Daniel Eggleston, on leave from military service, wasn’t expecting the welcome party he was given Friday night at Dayton International Airport.

His mom, dad, sisters, nephew, friends from his days at Urbana High School and acquaintances waved American flags, sang and clapped as Eggleston walked toward them after exiting airport security.

It had been a year to the day since he’d been home, and he was more than pleasantly surprised by the arrangements that had been made in his honor.

“I didn’t expect this at all. It’s good to be home. It’s been a long year,” Eggleston said, standing with his dad, Dan, and his mom, Cathy Cooper.

His parents were relieved at the sight of their son, a decorated member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, Chosen Company, a U.S. Army Europe organization headquartered in Vicenza, Italy.

“We prayed a lot,” the father said of the son who has won two combat medals — one for combat with valor. “We’re proud of all the other soldiers over there.”

Mother said her son has lived in Urbana since he was 5 and is a graduate of Urbana High School.

“We’re so super exited. We can’t stand it,” said the matriarch who coordinated the welcome home that included special T-shirts worn by the soldier’s parents, three sisters and his nephew, who the family says is the soldier’s best friend.

There will be a party on Saturday to continue the homecoming, his parents said.

What’s the first thing the soldier said wanted to do, now that he’s home for a spell after a 20 hours of flying from Italy to Germany to Chicago, then Dayton?

“Hang out with that little guy,” he said, pointing to his nephew.

What is the soldier most immediately looking forward to?

“Sleeping in America,” he said.