Twenty Special Tactics Airmen will march from Texas to Florida in tribute to fallen Airmen

Onalaska fallen hero honored in memorial march

Twenty Special Tactics Airmen will ruck from Medina Annex at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas to Hurlburt Field to pay tribute to 20 Air Force Special Tactics Airmen who have been killed in action since 9/11.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Adam Servais, an Onalaska, Wisconsin native and Special Tactics Combat Controller, is one of the 20 Airmen killed in action since 9/11 being honored during the 830-mile memorial march. Servais was killed by enemy fire on August 19, 2006 in the Oruzgan Province of Afghanistan, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, during a fierce battle with over 100 insurgents.

Special Tactics Airmen begin their training at Medina Annex, together, and become combat ready upon graduation of the Special Tactics Training Squadron at Hurlburt Field, thus the march route mimics the training passage our Airmen endure. The journey takes the Airmen across five states and 830 miles.

Historically, Air Force Special Tactics plans a memorial march when a member is killed in action. This is the 5th Special Tactics Memorial March since 2009 and since it originated as the “Tim Davis Memorial March.” The march was renamed to honor all fallen Special Tactics Airmen in 2011 to the “Special Tactics Memorial March.”

The ruck marchers are composed of 10 teams of two Special Tactics Airmen. These Airmen will begin the march by rucking the first 4.7 miles together. From there, each team will ruck an average of 12 miles per leg and alternate teams. Each day, the teams will ruck a combined 70 miles to complete the 830-mile journey over 11 days. A memorial baton inscribed with each of the fallen Special Tactics Airman’s names will be carried throughout the way to honor the fallen.

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