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2013 in Review: In memoriam

Airmen lower the flag during a retreat Nov. 7, 2013, at Schriever Air Force Base. The installation conducts either a retreat or reveille during the first Thursday of the month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Airmen lower the flag during a retreat Nov. 7, 2013, at Schriever Air Force Base. The installation conducts either a retreat or reveille during the first Thursday of the month. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- As 2013 came to an end, it is fitting to remember the Schriever Airmen we lost last year. The year saw the loss of four active-duty Airmen, two civilians and one contractor.

- Tech. Sgt. Edward Weber, 50th Space Communications Squadron, died in a motorcycle crash June 3, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Weber was described as a model Airman who lived by the Air Force core values.

- Marc and Robin Herklotz, Air Force Space Command, died June 2013 in the Black Forest Fire. They both supported critical air, space and cyberspace operational missions.

- A contractor at the New Boston Air Force Station, N.H., died in a gun-related incident Aug. 8, 2013.

- Airman 1st Class Abtron "Tron" O'Neal, 3rd Space Operations Squadron, died in a vehicle accident Nov. 20, 2013, on Highway 94 in Colorado Springs, Colo. O'Neal was known as a very smart Airman with a distinction of being the lowest ranking and only enlisted Airman in his technical school to receive a distinguished honor.

- Airman 1st Class Edward Yu, 3rd Space Operations Squadron, died in a vehicle accident Nov. 20, 2013, on Highway 94 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Individuals who knew Yu described him as a great person and friend.

- 1st Lt. Nicholas Goirigolzarri, 50th Operations Group Standardization and Evaluation Division, died of medical complications Nov. 29, 2013, at Penrose Main Saint Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo. Goirigolzarri will be remembered as an Airman who lived his life with strength and honor and touched many in his career, leaving an indelible mark on the 50th Space Wing.

As we say our goodbyes to these Airmen, may we always remember them. To our fallen Airmen, may you rest in peace and you'll always be remembered.
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