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Dover AFB airmen honor fallen comrades with 5K run

Airmen from the 436th Aerial Port Squadron participate in an annual 5K memorial run May 17 at Dover Air Force Base, Del., to honor all transportation airmen, officers, and civilians lost over the past year.

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By JEFF BROWN | Dover Post | Published: May 18, 2019

DOVER, Del. (Tribune News Service) -- Each year, every Aerial Port Squadron across the Air Force conducts a run to memorialize all transportation airmen, officers, and civilians lost over the past year.

The 436th Aerial Port Squadron at Dover Air Force Base held their 5-kilometer memorial run Friday, May 17.

"When we come into the military, we lose our family back home and we join a family here. No matter if we lose a member in Dover or Joint Base Charleston or Travis Air Force Base, we are connected through brotherhood," Master Sgt. Randy Walgren, 436th Aerial Port Squadron said during memorial services before the run.

This year, the Port Dawgs honored 10 fallen airmen from 2018 and 2019, including Edward T. Barrett, a Vietnam war veteran and former transportation supervisor at the 436th APS. Barrett worked at Dover from 1989 through 2016. He died Feb. 17, 2019.

Others throughout the Air Force included Master Sgt. Gerard Cote, Master Sgt. Ivan A. Reyes, Staff Sgt. Michael G. Berglin, Airman William C. Garber, Airman 1st Class Brian A. Bradford, Technical Sgt. David E. Jensen, Staff Sgt. Michael G. Gibbons, Senior Airman Shawn McKeough and Airman Dane T. Johnson.

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