Sather Memorial finds rest at JB San Antonio

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A memorial honoring the U.S. Air Force's first combat casualty during Operation Iraqi Freedom was unveiled Jan. 20 at Medina Annex, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

Staff Sgt. Scott D. Sather, a combat controller, was killed in Iraq on April 8, 2003.

Pararescuemen, combat controllers and Pararescue Indoctrination Course trainees attended the memorial unveiling ceremony honoring Sather.

His memorial was created and displayed by civil engineers in Iraq to honor his leadership and bravery. The memorial was sea-lifted from Sather Air Base, Iraq, to Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, in March 2011.

Sather, who died at 29 years old, was originally from Michigan. He was last assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron at Pope Air Force Base, N.C.

(Courtesy of Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs.)