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Fallen Defender honored with boat dedication

Staff Sgt. Travis Jones, 96th Security Forces Squadron, remembers his friend, Senior Airman Nathan Sartain, during a boat-dedication ceremony Feb. 24 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  Sartain, a security forces Airman from Pensacola, died in an aircraft crash while deployed in 2015.  The newest patrol boat in the Eglin fleet bears his name to honor his service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Staff Sgt. Travis Jones, 96th Security Forces Squadron, remembers his friend, Senior Airman Nathan Sartain, during a boat-dedication ceremony Feb. 24 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Sartain, a security forces Airman from Pensacola, died in an aircraft crash while deployed in 2015. The newest patrol boat in the Eglin fleet bears his name to honor his service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Phillip Sartain, father of Senior Airman Nathan Sartain, unveils his son’s name on the side of the 96th Security Forces Squadron’s newest boat during a dedication ceremony Feb. 24 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  Sartain, a security forces Airman from Pensacola, died in an aircraft crash while deployed in 2015.  The newest patrol boat in the Eglin fleet bears his name to honor his service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Phillip Sartain, father of Senior Airman Nathan Sartain, unveils his son’s name on the side of the 96th Security Forces Squadron’s newest boat during a dedication ceremony Feb. 24 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Sartain, a security forces Airman from Pensacola, died in an aircraft crash while deployed in 2015. The newest patrol boat in the Eglin fleet bears his name to honor his service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

A line of 96th Security Forces Squadron Airmen walk by security vehicles during a boat-dedication ceremony Feb. 24 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  The boat was dedicated to Senior Airman Nathan Sartain, a security forces Airman from Pensacola, died in an aircraft crash while deployed in 2015.  The newest patrol boat in the Eglin fleet bears his name to honor his service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

A line of 96th Security Forces Squadron Airmen walk by security vehicles during a boat-dedication ceremony Feb. 24 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The boat was dedicated to Senior Airman Nathan Sartain, a security forces Airman from Pensacola, died in an aircraft crash while deployed in 2015. The newest patrol boat in the Eglin fleet bears his name to honor his service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) -- The 96th Security Forces Squadron christened a new patrol vessel in honor of Senior Airman Nathan Sartain, a fallen defender at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, Feb. 24, 2017.

Sartain, a Pensacola native, was a member of the 66th Security Forces Squadron, from Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts, and died Oct.2, 2015, when a C-130J Super Hercules crashed shortly after takeoff from Jalalabad Airfield in Afghanistan.

The new patrol vessel, Sartain-20 was christened by his mother, Janice Sartain, while his father unveiled the name on the side of it.

“I am so honored to have been a part of this ceremony and that Nathan’s Air Force family thought to honor him in this way,” she said.

Also in attendance was Sartain’s friend, Staff Sgt. Travis Jones, a 96th SFS member, whom was stationed with Sartain before his death.

“I am privileged to be a part of this ceremony and to be stationed at a base that found a way to honor a fellow defender,” Jones said. “From here on out, when I hear the call sign Sartain-20, it will always remind me of Nathan.”

The new marine vessel will provide waterborne deterrence, detection and response to any threat against the base. Its area of responsibility will be the 153 miles of shoreline that make up Eglin Main, Camp Pinchot, Weekly Bayou and Ben’s Lake Marina.

It joins another security forces vessel, the Nathan-25, also named after a fallen defender, Senior Airman Jason Nathan, who died in Iraq in 2007.

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