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Airman killed 10 years ago in Afghanistan is honored at Aviano

The parents of Tech. Sgt. Adam T. Ginett, James and Christina Kazakavage (left), Ginett's sister Sarah Tart, and 31st Fighter Wing commander Brig. Gen. Daniel Lasica, right, prepare to cut the ribbon to officially rename the 31st Airman Leadership School after Ginett at Aviano Air Base on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Ginett was killed January 19, 2010 by a remote-detonated explosive device while deployed to Afghanistan.

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By NORMAN LLAMAS | STARS AND STRIPES Published: February 14, 2020

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy – Air Force Tech. Sgt. Adam K. Ginett, who was killed 10 years ago in Afghanistan, was honored this week at Aviano, where the Airman Leadership School was named after him.

An explosives ordnance disposal expert assigned to the Aviano-based 31st Civil Engineer Squadron, Ginett died Jan. 19, 2010, near Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device. He was 29.

“When your hero dies, you weep for weeks, sometimes longer,” Ginett’s mother, Christina Kasakavage, told the hundreds of service members and civilians who attended Thursday’s ceremony.

“I’m left with knowing that those men and women entering these doors will at least read Adam’s name, and if they didn’t know him, they will know that this airman existed and that he served his country,” she said.

Ginett was remembered as an innovative leader who wasn’t afraid to try new things, and a humble man who learned from his mistakes.

“Adam was a teacher,” Lt. Col. Matthew Borawski, commander of the 31st Civil Engineer Squadron said. “Adam was a leader in a very technically challenging career field, to whom peers and subordinates naturally gravitated for advice.”

At leadership schools like the one renamed in Ginett’s honor, airmen receive instruction in unit cohesion, morale and leadership principles, and learn how to supervise lower-ranking airmen and communicate effectively. Leadership schools are mandatory for airmen seeking promotion to a supervisory rank.

Ginett was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal First Oak Leaf Cluster with Valor, Bronze Star Medal Second Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, Air Combat Action Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal at a service at Aviano in 2010. He was also awarded a Bronze Star in 2007 for his work as a team leader for explosive ordnance disposal in Afghanistan.

“Adam lived his whole life with honor,” said Brig. Gen. Daniel T. Lasica, commander of the 31st Fighter Wing, said Thursday at the dedication ceremony, before addressing Ginett’s mother.

“Ma’am, I promise you, my family promises you, that we will fulfill our obligation to love, care and support your family – our family, because this is a family business,” he said

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A painting of Tech. Sgt. Adam K. Ginett is displayed inside the Airman Leadership School at Aviano, which was renamed in honor of Ginett in a ceremony held Feb. 13, 2020. Ginett was killed by a remote-detonated explosive device, January, 19, 2010 in Afghanistan.
PAINTING BY TRISTAN DAO

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