9 October 2009 at FOB Bostick
Attempting to Memorialize a person during combat operations is a tenuous responsibilty to acknowledge the tragedy of our loss, the untimeliness of their death and the hope by which we will persevere back into the fight. The magnitude of loss suffered by the Black Knights of 3-61CAV during the Battle of COP Keating called for brevity and candor, because of the scope of the battle and the love which we have for our Fallen Heroes. My short homily was, at best, a brushing against the tip of the iceberg of grief, shock and confusion that my troopers endured during the weeks and months that followed. I, therefore, chose latitude in being directly spiritual in my remarks, because I know that the Comforter can do more than I can ask or imagine in their hearts, for healing.