Robins Air Force Base honored the lives of those lost in service and to COVID-19.
Houston Home Journal
Jessica Thompson
Sat, May 29, 2021

On Thursday, May 27 at 9 a.m., Robins Air Force Base had their annual Airman’s Memorial Service at the Museum of Aviation to honor the military or civilian airmen who have passed away.

This is the 44th year of this memorial service, and this year, they honored 86 men and women who have served at Robins Air Force Base.

The service was structured with several speakers including Colonel Brian Moore and Commissioners Chairman Tommy Stalnaker. It also included a singing of the National Anthem and “God Bless America” by Senior Airman Kennedy Cook, and an honoree recognition reading of all the airmen who have died.

There was a moment of silence to remember the fallen, as well as a ceremonial “Laying of Wreath.” Two were used in the service; one for those who dedicated their lives to serve and the second one for those who were lost due to the coronavirus pandemic. The placement was made by Moore and Stalnaker. This was preceded by a “Folding of the Flag” by Robins AFB Honor Guard, Airman Peterson and Airman Kimball.

Houston Home Journal spoke with Colonel Moore, and he told us more about the service and the importance of it.

“It’s important that we don’t forget the sacrifice of those who’ve gone before us, and in this case, Robins Air Force Base has literally generations of airmen, both military and civilian, that have served our country faithfully and dutifully. The folks that bring this ceremony together every year really want to make sure we’re honoring their service and that the families that are still with us know they’re a part of the family,” Moore said.

This service is a way to bring the RAFB community together and remember those who are no longer here. Stalnaker spoke with us about what the service means to him.

“This event is a very solemn event to me and is very meaningful to acknowledge people that have lost their lives who have been employed here at Robins, whether civilians or military, and they come together and acknowledge their service for this base and for this nation. It’s a way to say thank you and also a way to say you will be in the memory of the people that you have left behind for a lifetime. It’s always a moving event to me. It’s very touching,” Stalnaker said.

– HHJ News