FORT CAMPBELL, K.Y. – Night Stalkers, Families and friends gathered yesterday honoring Soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne).
“Today is a day to remember, to honor, to grieve and to thank,” Col. Clayton Hutmacher, commander, 160th SOAR(A), told attendees of the unit’s annual memorial ceremony.
Each year just before Memorial Day, the regiment holds a ceremony honoring the Soldiers who died during the unit’s nearly 28-year history. It is also when newly sketched names into the memorial are unveiled.
“The names on this wall represent a loss for all of us, whether we served with them or loved them,” Hutmacher said. “The lessons we’ve learned from our fallen, their memories and their spirit are with us in everything we do.
So I say to our fallen and their Families: thank you. The Night Stalkers would not be who we are today without your courage, commitment and sacrifice,” he said.
This year the name Pfc. Blaine N. Adams was added to the Night Stalker Memorial. The MH-47 Chinook helicopter repairer with the 4th Bn., 160th SOAR (A), at Ft. Lewis, Wash., died Nov. 29, 2008, at Madigan Army Medical Center following water survival training.
“(Adams) was a highly motivated young man and was well thought of highly respected by the Soldiers he served with,” said Hutmacher. “Like the others who went before him, he too was an example of courage, commitment and sacrifice.”
The 160th also dedicated six Night Stalker work areas at Ft. Campbell in memory of fallen Night Stalkers: Sgt. Thomas F. Allison, Staff Sgt. Kerry W. Frith, Master Sgt. James W. “Tre” Ponder, III, Maj. Stephen C. Reich, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jamie D. Weeks and Maj. Mathew Wade Worrell.