Military leaders reflect on fallen warriors
/ Published July 24, 2012
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) -- Air Force leaders here expressed their sympathy for everyone affected by the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., July 20.
Among the victims were two Buckley Air Force Base members, Air Force Staff Sgt. Jesse Childress and Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class John Thomas Larimer.
"This tragic event has affected everyone here at Buckley Air Force Base and our local community friends and neighbors," said Col. Daniel Dant, the 460th Space Wing commander. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of each and every loved one."
Childress, 29, was an Air Force Reserve cybersystems operation technician assigned to the 310th Force Support Squadron on active duty orders. Childress enlisted in 2002 with the Army, where he trained as a satellite systems operator. He then joined the Air Force Reserve in 2010.
According to friends and family he was an avid sports fan, often participating in multiple intramural sports offered on the installation. He rooted for the Denver Broncos, L.A. Clippers and L.A. Kings and was a big fan of comics and superheroes.
Larimer, 27, was a cryptologic technician assigned to the Naval Information Operations Command. He joined the Navy in 2011.
"I am incredibly saddened by the loss of Petty Officer John Larimer," said Cmdr. Jeffrey Jakuboski, Larimer's commanding officer, in a statement. "He was an outstanding shipmate. A valued member of our Navy team, he will be missed by all who knew him. My heart goes out to John's family, friends and loved ones, as well as to all victims of this horrible tragedy."
A memorial service is expected to be held for both service members. More information on dates and times will be posted on Buckley AFB's website when available.
(Courtesy of 460th Space Wing Public Affairs.)