AUBURN, Mass. – The late Major David Brodeur of Auburn was honored July 27 during a dedication ceremony for the recently completed Air Advisor Memorial at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey.
While the memorial honors all air advisers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, the ceremony honored one contracted and eight Air Force air advisers, including Brodeur, who were killed in Afghanistan on April 27, 2011.
More than 100 family members of those advisers, as well as fellow air advisers and Air Force and community leaders, flew from around the world to attend the ceremony and honor the fallen: Broduer, Lt. Col. Frank Bryant Jr., Maj. Jeffrey Ausborn, Maj. Raymond Estelle II, Maj. Phil Ambard, Maj. Charles Ransom, Capt. Nathan Nylander, Master Sgt. Tara Brown and Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. James McLaughlin.
Tim Morse, Jason Kusy and Allison Hill of the Maj. David Brodeur Memorial Foundation in Auburn attended the ceremony in New Jersey.
“As far as what it means to the foundation, it physically reminds and shows us why we started this foundation in the first place, and that is because David was at his best when he was trying to help others or make things better,” said Tim Morse, the foundation’s president. “He died while trying to help others. The monument is a tangible thing that confirms that and that ideal is at the core of the foundation’s mission.”
The nine members of the NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan were killed in action while serving as advisers and mentors to the people of Afghanistan.
“The memorial stands to remind us that it is still the single worst case of green on blue violence, Afghan military on U.S. Military, in Afghanistan since the war started,” Morse said.
The memorial is designed in the shape of two stacked A's, which represent both air advisers and aircraft wings. The larger outside wall holds plaques with the names of air advisers killed in the line of duty, while the smaller inner wall holds a plaque dedicated to all fallen air advisers.
The memorial was built through donations and volunteer labor.
For more information about the Air Advisor Memorial, visit its website.