Fallen airmen honored at Davis-Monthan memorial service
Tech. Sgt. Michael P. Flores, 32, and Airman Benjamin D. White, 24, were remembered Thursday at a memorial service at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
1300 Air Force personnel, family and friends crowded into a hanger to pay their respects. Family members recalled their fallen, and the men were presented their final medals, including the Purple Heart.
A display of family photos was surrounded by white flowers spelling out the pararescue team motto, "That others may live."
The two pararescuemen were killed when their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan last week.
"He was doing the work he was meant to do," Tech. Sgt. Marisa Flores said of her husband's pride in saving the lives of other airmen.
"Their love is expressed is the actions they took, so others may live," she said.
Flores is survived by his wife, a three-year-old daughter, Eliana, and his one-year-old son Michael Jr. Flores entered the Air Force in 1998 and was serving on his eighth deployment. He had earned the Distinguished Flying Cross.
White is survived by his father, Anthony White, mother, Brenda Logozo, and step-father, Frank Logozo. White entered the Air Force in 2006 and was serving on his first deployment.
Flores had flown 120 combat mission and saved 60 troops. White had flown 90 combat sorties.
At the memorial's conclusion, after a 21-gun salute, two Pave Hawk H-60-G helicopters did a fly over of the large hanger that had housed the gathering.
Afterward, every servicemember walked up to the memorial, saluted smartly, and said a personal goodbye to their friends.