• The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. The new reserve center, while located at Fort Campbell, is actually located on the Tennessee side of the post and houses the 1108th, 1109th and 1110th Mobilization Support Battalions. Here, family, friends and supporters of the honoree salute the U.S. flag during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner.

    Star-Spangled Banner

    The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. The new reserve center, while...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. The new reserve center, while located at Fort Campbell, is actually located on the Tennessee side of the post and house the 1108th, 1109th and 1110th Mobilization Support Battalions.

    Plaque and guide-ons

    The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. The new reserve center, while located...

  • The family of Maj. Michael L. Mundell stand by the memorial plaque that will be placed on the building that was renamed in his honor on Aug. 3. The 81st Regional Support Command hosted a memorialization ceremony at the Fort Campbell, Ky. facility. Pictured from left to right are, Zach, Ryan, Erica, Audrey and Dale Mundell along with 81st Regional Support Command's Maj. Gen. Gill Beck.

    Mundell family, plaque and Maj. Gen. Beck

    The family of Maj. Michael L. Mundell stand by the memorial plaque that will be placed on the building that was renamed in his honor on Aug. 3. The 81st Regional Support Command hosted a memorialization ceremony at the Fort Campbell, Ky. facility...

  • Lt. Col. Charles C. Jordan, 1108th Mobilization Support Battalion commander, gives a tour of the newly renamed Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center on Aug. 3. The 81st Regional Support Command hosted a memorialization ceremony earlier that day at the Fort Campbell facility which is located on the Tennessee side of the post. Mundell was deployed to Iraq in June 2006 and was killed in Fallujah on Jan. 5, 2007. Mundell's family and friends were escorted through the facility that bears their loved one's name.

    Facility tour

    Lt. Col. Charles C. Jordan, 1108th Mobilization Support Battalion commander, gives a tour of the newly renamed Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center on Aug. 3. The 81st Regional Support Command hosted a memorialization ceremony earlier that...

  • The display case at the newly renamed Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center containing personal items that belonged to Mundell and were donated by his family. On Aug. 3 the 81st Regional Support Command hosted a memorialization ceremony that dedicated the new building in Mundell's honor. Mundell was killed in Fallujah, Iraq, Jan. 5, 2007, while a member of a Military Transition Team advising the Iraqi army.

    Display case

    The display case at the newly renamed Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center containing personal items that belonged to Mundell and were donated by his family. On Aug. 3 the 81st Regional Support Command hosted a memorialization ceremony...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, Mr. Aljournal Franklin, Suicide Prevention leader for the 81st RSC, performs the duties of master of ceremonies for the event. The new reserve center, while located at Fort Campbell, is actually located on the Tennessee side of the post.

    AJ Franklin

    The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, Mr. Aljournal Franklin, Suicide...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, 81st RSC commander Maj. Gen. Gill Beck, left, and the honoree's widow, Audrey Mundell bow their heads during the invocation. The new reserve center, while located at Fort Campbell, is actually located on the Tennessee side of the post.

    Invocation

    The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, 81st RSC commander Maj. Gen...

  • Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Greg Distad gives the invocation at the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell Army Reserve Center at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was assigned to the 108th Training Division and deployed to Iraq in 2006 as a member of an 11-man Mobile Transition Team advising the Iraqi army. Mundell was killed in Fallujuah on Jan. 5, 2007.

    Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Greg Distad

    Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Greg Distad gives the invocation at the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell Army Reserve Center at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was assigned to the 108th Training Division and deployed to Iraq in 2006 as...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, 81st RSC commander Maj. Gen. Gill Beck, speaks about Mundell's service as inspiration for future Soldiers. The new reserve center, while located at Fort Campbell, is actually located on the Tennessee side of the post.

    Maj. Gen. Gill Beck

    The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, 81st RSC commander Maj...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., on Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Pictured here are some of the members of Mundell's 11-man Military Transition Team, which acted in an advisory capacity to the Iraqi Army. The MTT was composed of Army and Marine personnel. The new reserve center, while located at Fort Campbell, is actually located on the Tennessee side of the post.

    MTT members

    The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., on Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Pictured here are some of the...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Kentucky on Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Pictured here are some of the members of Mundell's 11-man Military Transition Team, which acted in an advisory capacity to the Iraqi Army. The MTT was composed of Army and Marine personnel. The new reserve center, while located at Fort Campbell, is actually located on the Tennessee side of the post.

    MTT Members

    The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Kentucky on Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Pictured here are some of the...

  • Retired Army Major Todd Fredette speaks at the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Munell U.S. Army Reserve Center at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Fredette was a close friend of Mundell whom he met when the two became part of an 11-man Military Transition Team, advisers to the Iraqi Army. Fredette was with Mundell when he was killed in Fallujah Jan. 5, 2007. The Army Reserve center houses the 1108th, 1109th and 1110th Mobilization Support Battalions. The event was hosted by the 81st Regional Support Command.

    Todd Fredette

    Retired Army Major Todd Fredette speaks at the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Munell U.S. Army Reserve Center at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Fredette was a close friend of Mundell whom he met when the two became part of an 11-man...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Kentucky on Aug. 3. Sitting with 81st RSC commander Maj. Gen. Gill Beck, left, is Audrey Mundell, the honoree's widow, Mr. Bill Harpel, Chief of Staff for Clarksville, Tenn., and Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army and Mr. John Dyess, Army Reserve Ambassador for Tennessee. The new reserve center, while located at Fort Campbell, is actually located on the Tennessee side of the post.

    Memorialization ceremony

    The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Kentucky on Aug. 3. Sitting with 81st RSC commander Maj. Gen. Gill Beck, left, is Audrey Mundell, the...

  • Retired Army Major Todd Fredette speaks at the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Fredette was a close friend of Mundell whom he met when the two became part of an 11-man Military Transition Team, advisers to the Iraqi Army. Fredette was with Mundell when he was killed in Fallujah Jan. 5, 2007. The Army Reserve center houses the 1108th, 1109th and 1110th Mobilization Support Battalions. The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the event.

    Retired Major Todd Fredette

    Retired Army Major Todd Fredette speaks at the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Fredette was a close friend of Mundell whom he met when the two became part of an 11-man...

  • Audrey Mundell speaks at a memorialization ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., where an Army Reserve center is renamed in honor of her late husband Maj. Michael Mundell who was killed in Fallujah, Iraq, Jan. 5, 2007. The Army Reserve center houses the 1108th 1109th and 1110th Mobilization Support Battalions. Also with her are her four children, Erica, far left, Ryan, Zach and Dale.

    Mundell family

    Audrey Mundell speaks at a memorialization ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., where an Army Reserve center is renamed in honor of her late husband Maj. Michael Mundell who was killed in Fallujah, Iraq, Jan. 5, 2007. The Army Reserve center houses the...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, the honoree's family, friends and supporters applaud the unveiling of the memorial plaque. The new reserve center, while located at Fort Campbell, is actually located on the Tennessee side of the post and houses the 1108th, 1109th and 1110th Mobilization Support Battalions.

    Unveiled

    The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, the honoree's family, friends...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, the honoree's family, friends and supporters unveil the memorial plaque. The new reserve center, while located at Fort Campbell, is actually located on the Tennessee side of the post and houses the 1108th, 1109th and 1110th Mobilization Support Battalions.

    Plaque unveiling

    The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, the honoree's family...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. The new reserve center, while located at Fort Campbell, is actually located on the Tennessee side of the post and houses the 1108th, 1109th and 1110th Mobilization Support Battalions. Here, the audience bows their heads during the invocation

    Invocation

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. The new reserve center, while...

  • The 100th Army Band from Fort Knox, Ky., performs patriotic music including the Star-Spangled Banner and The Army Song for a memorialization ceremony held at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. The new Army Reserve center was renamed in honor of Major Michael Mundell, an Army Reserve officer who was killed in Fallujah, Iraq on Jan. 5, 2007.

    100th Army Band

    The 100th Army Band from Fort Knox, Ky., performs patriotic music including the Star-Spangled Banner and The Army Song for a memorialization ceremony held at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. The new Army Reserve center was renamed in honor of Major Michael...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell, a resident of Brandenburg, Ky., was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. The new reserve center, while located at Fort Campbell, is actually located on the Tennessee side of the post and houses the 1108th, 1109th and 1110th Mobilization Support Battalions.

    MSB guide-ons

    The 81st Regional Support Command held a memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell, a resident of Brandenburg, Ky., was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, family members listen to remarks by various speakers. The new reserve center, while located at Fort Campbell, is actually located on the Tennessee side of the post and houses the 1108th, 1109th and 1110th Mobilization Support Battalions.

    Mundell family

    The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, family members listen to...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, members of Mundell's 11-man Military Transition Team, advisers to the Iraqi army, sit in the audience. The new reserve center, while located at Fort Campbell, is actually located on the Tennessee side of the post and houses the 1108th, 1109th and 1110th Mobilization Support Battalions.

    MTT members

    The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, members of Mundell's...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, Mr. John Dyess, Army Reserve Ambassador for Tennessee presents a proclamation from the House of Representatives of the Comonwealth of Kentucky to Mrs. Audrey Mundell, the honoree's widow. The new reserve center, while located at Fort Campbell, is actually located on the Tennessee side of the post and houses the 1108th, 1109th and 1110th Mobilization Support Battalions. Also pictured is 81st RSC commander Maj. Gen. Geill Beck.

    ARA John Dyess, Audrey Mundell, Maj. Gen. Gill Beck

    The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, Mr. John Dyess, Army...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, Mr. John Dyess, Army Reserve Ambassador for Tennessee presents a commemorative USAR Ambassador's coin to Mrs. Audrey Mundell, the honoree's widow. The new reserve center, while located at Fort Campbell, is actually located on the Tennessee side of the post and houses the 1108th, 1109th and 1110th Mobilization Support Battalions. Also pictured is 81st RSC commander Maj. Gen. Gill Beck.

    USAR Ambassador presents coin

    The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, Mr. John Dyess, Army...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, Mr. John Dyess, left, Army Reserve Ambassador for Tennessee and 81st RSC commander Maj. Gen. Gill Beck present an artist's rendering of the facility to Mrs. Audrey Mundell, the honoree's widow. The new reserve center, while located at Fort Campbell, is actually located on the Tennessee side of the post and houses the 1108th, 1109th and 1110th Mobilization Support Battalions.

    Artist's rendering

    The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, Mr. John Dyess, left...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, Bill and Phil Harpel, officials with Montgomery County and Clarksville, Tenn., present a joint proclamation announcing Aug. 3 as Maj. Michael L. Mundell Day. The new reserve center, while located at Fort Campbell, is actually located on the Tennessee side of the post and houses the 1108th, 1109th and 1110th Mobilization Support Battalions.

    Harpel brothers give joint proclamation to Audrey Mundell

    The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, Bill and Phil Harpel...

  • Retired Army Major Todd Fredette speaks at the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Munell U.S. Army Reserve Center at Fort Campbell, Ky., on Aug. 3. Fredette was a close friend of Mundell whom he met when the two became part of an 11-man Military Transition Team, advisers to the Iraqi Army. Fredette was with Mundell when he was killed in Fallujah Jan. 5, 2007. The Army Reserve center houses the 1108th, 1109th and 1110th Mobilization Support Battalions. The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the event.

    Todd Fredette

    Retired Army Major Todd Fredette speaks at the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Munell U.S. Army Reserve Center at Fort Campbell, Ky., on Aug. 3. Fredette was a close friend of Mundell whom he met when the two became part of an 11-man...

  • Mrs. Audrey Mundell, along with her four children, speaks at the memorialization ceremony that renamed the Army Reserve center at Fort Campbell, Ky., after her late husband Maj. Michael L. Mundell who was killed in Fallujah, Iraq, Jan. 5, 2007. The ceremony, hosted by the 81st Regional Support Command, took place on the Tennessee side of Fort Campbell on Aug. 3. The children are Erica, far left, Ryan, Zach and Dale.

    Mundell family

    Mrs. Audrey Mundell, along with her four children, speaks at the memorialization ceremony that renamed the Army Reserve center at Fort Campbell, Ky., after her late husband Maj. Michael L. Mundell who was killed in Fallujah, Iraq, Jan. 5, 2007. The...

  • Musician and WMMG (Brandenburg, Ky.) radio personality Steve Robbins sings the song "Arlington" during a memorialization ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., on Aug. 3. The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the event renaming an Army Reserve center after Maj. Michael L. Mundell who was deployed to Iraq on Father's Day, June 18, 2006, and died in Fallujah on Jan. 5, 2007. The units house in the new facility are the 1108th, 1109th and 1110th Mobilization Support Battalions.

    Steve Robbins

    Musician and WMMG (Brandenburg, Ky.) radio personality Steve Robbins sings the song "Arlington" during a memorialization ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., on Aug. 3. The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the event renaming an Army Reserve center after...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, the honoree's family, friends and supporters prepare to unveil the memorial plaque. The new reserve center, while located at Fort Campbell, is actually located on the Tennessee side of the post and houses the 1108th, 1109th and 1110th Mobilization Support Battalions.

    Unveiling

    The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, the honoree's family...

  • The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, the honoree's family, friends and supporters unveil the memorial plaque. The new reserve center, while located at Fort Campbell, is actually located on the Tennessee side of the post and houses the 1108th, 1109th and 1110th Mobilization Support Battalions.

    Unveiling

    The 81st Regional Support Command hosted the memorialization ceremony for the Major Michael L. Mundell U.S. Army Reserve Center located at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 3. Mundell was killed on Jan. 5, 2007 in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, the honoree's family...

  • Audrey Mundell speaks at a memorialization ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., where an Army Reserve center is renamed in honor of her late husband Maj. Michael Mundell who was killed in Fallujah, Iraq Jan. 5, 2007. The Army Reserve center houses the 1108th 1109th and 1110th Mobilization Support Battalions.

    Audrey Mundell

    Audrey Mundell speaks at a memorialization ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., where an Army Reserve center is renamed in honor of her late husband Maj. Michael Mundell who was killed in Fallujah, Iraq Jan. 5, 2007. The Army Reserve center houses the...

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- A U.S. Army Reserve center located on the Tennessee side of Fort Campbell, most of which is in Kentucky, was renamed on August 3, in a ceremony honoring Army Reserve Maj. Michael L. Mundell, who was killed in Fallujah, Iraq on January 5, 2007.

Mundell had been mobilized with the 108th Division (Institutional Training) and deployed to Iraq as a member of an 11-man Military Transition Team that was charged with assisting the Iraqi Army, namely the 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade of the 1st Iraqi Infantry Division. On January 5, their team was on their way to assist other troops when an improvised explosive device hit the vehicle. Mundell had been wounded the day after Thanksgiving 2006 when a sniper's bullet went through his radio and vest. He could have been on light duty but refused less dangerous assignments.

The host of the ceremony was Maj. Gen. Gill Beck, commanding general of the 81st Regional Support Command at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. "Today we have the chance to recognize a great Army family and a great Soldier," he told the audience. He spoke of Mundell's commitment to the Army, his country and his family.

"Your father brought so many things," he told Mundell's four children, now adults. "One of the things he brought was a commitment to [his team]. He always looked out for them." Beck told them that their father was a noble person who always placed others first and that nothing compares to the sacrifice of a Soldier who has died in battle.

"Since there is no way to give those seven years since he died back to the family, what we can do is look to the future and use this facility as a reminder of a great American Soldier," Beck said adding that all should be inspired by Mundell's example and commitment.

Retired Lt. Col. John Dyess, Army Reserve Ambassador for Tennessee spoke of the Citizen-Soldiers, who leave their families, their jobs and communities to pick up a rifle to serve their country.

"This building will be here for a long time," he said. "I hope the story of Maj. Mundell and his family will be known to a lot of Soldiers and I hope you leave here knowing that one old Soldier appreciates very, very much the families of other Soldiers. It's a privilege, it's a pleasure and, I believe, as a citizen of this country it's a duty."

After his remarks, Mr. Dyess presented Mundell's widow, Audrey, with proclamations from the governor of Kentucky and the Commonwealth of Kentucky House of Representatives as well as an Army Reserve Ambassador commemorative coin and a framed artist rendering of the building provided by the tenants units, the 1108th, 1109th and 1110th Mobilization Support Battalions.

Other elected officials included Bill and Phil Harpel, twin brothers who happen to work for the City of Clarksville and Montgomery County, presented a joint proclamation proclaiming August 3 as Maj. Michael L. Mundell Day throughout the county, (located in Tennessee).

A family friend, musician and WMMG radio personality, Steve Robbins played the song "Arlington" that had been recorded by Trace Adkins in 2005.

One of Mundell's comrades, who was with him the day he was killed, was the last speaker. "I want to take a couple minutes to tell you, 'who is this guy with his name on the [building]?'" said retired Major Todd Fredette. "He was the 3,007th Soldier to die in Iraq."

Fredette said that although he didn't like him at first, he and Mundell became best friends. He praised his sense of duty and commitment to being a Soldier and how his was the first vehicle to "leave the wire" and Mundell was the first one to dismount at the objective. He referred to an email he had written just a couple days after Mundell had been killed which read:

The people here that fight and die in Iraq are not special. They're just like you and me. They're not saints, they're people who have a job to do."

In that message, he talked about his friend, not Maj. Mundell, but Mike, a family man like the many thousands of other family men wearing a uniform in a country far from their homes and loved ones.

Still reading from his email, Fredette looked up and quoted, "Mike wasn't a hero, he was better than a hero. Mike was a professional. Mike took his job seriously and the lives of everyone on the team seriously. His Iraqi counterparts paid him the highest compliment; they called him brother."

Fredette continued to speak about Mike and addressed those he referred to as being in "ACU-land," those still in uniform and future Soldiers. He said that his friend Mike was a "professional just like you. That name on the [building] is one of your own."

Fredette said that he misses his friend everyday and that he has dozens of pictures of himself and Mike together but he only has one where they are not wearing all their war gear.

"It's just a picture of two middle-aged married guys, far from home, missing their families."

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