• Two AH-64D Apache attack helicopters from 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division perform a fly-over for a missing man formation during a building dedication ceremony on Jan. 28, at Fort Hood, Texas.  The 1st ACB headquarters buildings are being dedicated to Capt. Mark Resh and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Cornell Chao for giving their lives to save their wingmen during Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08.

    Two AH-64D Apache attack helicopters from 4th...

    Two AH-64D Apache attack helicopters from 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division perform a fly-over for a missing man formation during a building dedication ceremony on Jan. 28, at...

  • Jasmine Crowl (white jacket), mother of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Cornell Chao, and Carol Resh, mother of Capt. Mark Resh, embrace each other outside of the headquarters buildings of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood, Texas, Jan. 28.  The 1st ACB buildings are being dedicated to Resh and Chao for the ultimate sacrifice they made in Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08 - exactly two years ago to this day

    Jasmine Crowl (white jacket), mother of Chief...

    Jasmine Crowl (white jacket), mother of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Cornell Chao, and Carol Resh, mother of Capt. Mark Resh, embrace each other outside of the headquarters buildings of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood, Texas...

  • Canadian Army Brig. Gen. Peter Atkinson, III Corps Deputy Commanding General and guest speaker, embraces Jasmine Crowl, mother of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Cornell Chao, at the end of the dedication ceremony of the headquarters buildings of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood, Texas, Jan. 28. The 1st ACB buildings are being dedicated to Chao Capt. Mark Resh and for the ultimate sacrifice they gave during Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08.

    Canadian Army Brig. Gen. Peter Atkinson, III...

    Canadian Army Brig. Gen. Peter Atkinson, III Corps Deputy Commanding General and guest speaker, embraces Jasmine Crowl, mother of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Cornell Chao, at the end of the dedication ceremony of the headquarters buildings of the 1st Air...

  • During the dedication ceremony of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, headquarters buildings, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jacob Gaston embraces Jasmine Crowl, mother of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Cornell Chao, with son Raymond Chao (right) and  husband Glenn Crowl (left). Gaston was one of the wingmen Chao and Resh laid down their lives for in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08, two years ago this day. The building dedication ceremony held on Jan. 28, at Fort Hood, Texas, was to honor that ultimate sacrifice.

    During the dedication ceremony of the 1st Air...

    During the dedication ceremony of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, headquarters buildings, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jacob Gaston embraces Jasmine Crowl, mother of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Cornell Chao, with son Raymond Chao (right) and...

  • Flanked by banners of Capt. Mark Resh (left banner) and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Cornell Chao (right banner) Canadian Army Brig. Gen. Peter Atkinson, III Corps Deputy Commanding General and guest speaker at the 1st Air cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, building dedication ceremony, gives an account of the ultimate sacrifice made by Resh and Chao two years ago during Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08.

    Flanked by banners of Capt. Mark Resh (left...

    Flanked by banners of Capt. Mark Resh (left banner) and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Cornell Chao (right banner) Canadian Army Brig. Gen. Peter Atkinson, III Corps Deputy Commanding General and guest speaker at the 1st Air cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry...

  • On the cold morning of Jan. 28, at Fort Hood, Texas, leadership of the 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, render honors to the national anthem during a building dedication ceremony. The 1st ACB headquarters buildings were dedicated to Capt. Mark Resh and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Cornell Chao exactly two years after they made the ultimate sacrifice during Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08.

    On the cold morning of Jan. 28, at Fort Hood...

    On the cold morning of Jan. 28, at Fort Hood, Texas, leadership of the 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, render honors to the national anthem during a building dedication...

  • On a crisp January morning, Soldiers of 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, stand in formation outside of the 1st ACB headquarters buildings for a dedication ceremony to honor Capt. Mark Resh and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Cornell Chao on Fort Hood, Texas, Jan. 28. Resh and Chow were AH-64D Apache attack helicopter pilots who gave their lives to protect their wingmen during Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08.

    On a crisp January morning, Soldiers of 4th...

    On a crisp January morning, Soldiers of 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, stand in formation outside of the 1st ACB headquarters buildings for a dedication ceremony to honor...

  • The headquarters buildings of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, are being named after Chief Warrant Officer 3 Cornell Chao (right building) and Capt. Mark Resh (left building) for the ultimate sacrifice they gave during Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08. The dedication ceremony took place Jan. 28, at Fort Hood, Texas, two years after Resh's and Chao's passing.

    The headquarters buildings of the 1st Air...

    The headquarters buildings of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, are being named after Chief Warrant Officer 3 Cornell Chao (right building) and Capt. Mark Resh (left building) for the ultimate sacrifice they gave during Operation Iraqi...

FORT HOOD, Texas - Amid freezing temperatures in the mid 20's, a building dedication ceremony was held Jan. 28 at the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, headquarters in honor of two fallen warriors who gave their lives during Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08.

The buildings were named in recognition of Capt. Mark Resh and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Cornell Chao of the 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div., who died on this day in 2007 during the Battle of An Najaf in Zarqa, Iraq, when they positioned their aircraft in the way of deadly fire to protect their wingman from harm.

The guests of honor were the parents of the fallen Soldiers, Charles and Carol Resh of Fogelsville, Pa., and Jasmine Crowl, mother of Chao, of Prescott, Ariz.

"Today's ceremony was wonderful and [the 1st ACB] did a great job putting it together in honor of both Mark and Cornell," said Carol Resh. "They'd be up in heaven smirking, but very proud. If Mark was here today he would say, 'what's all the fuss about' I was just doing my job.'"

Carol Resh said she and her husband know Mark would be proud of the building dedication, adding he gave his life to something he believed in, which is memorialized forever in the new building.

"It makes us feel good Mark will be remembered for a long time, maybe not as the person he was, but instead his name will live on," said Carol Resh. "He has nephews that will hopefully come back and say 'hey, this is my uncle.'"

Charles Resh said his son could not have been more honored than having a building named after him.

Two years following the passing of his son, Charles Resh still thinks of the events as a dream and cannot believe his son is gone forever.

"I still think I'm going to see him walking through the door and even though it isn't going to happen I also wake up expecting to see Mark," said Charles Resh. "We miss talking to him, and when I drive his car, which was his pride and joy, I look over sometimes to see if he is in the passenger seat."

Charles Resh is not surprised by his son's actions which cost him his life in the line of duty, stating he was always willing to sacrifice himself for others.

"During a relay race Mark once stopped to help a member of his team who had fallen when Mark could have kept going himself," Charles Resh said. "I could see him saying 'hey we have to save our wingman, that's what we're supposed to do.' He didn't give it a second thought. I know that."

Jasmine Crowl, accompanied by her husband Glenn, was also moved by the ceremony, saying she was honored to be present and see the tribute to her son.

"These buildings will help keep Mark and Cornell in everyone's memories," Jasmine Crowl said. "They are beautiful buildings and Cornell would be very proud."

Serving alongside both Resh and Chao was Chief Warrant Officer 2 Alberto Santillian of Chico, Calif., an AH-64D Apache attack helicopter pilot-in-command for 4-227th ARB, who said both men were the epitome of what a Soldier should be.

"It was a personal honor and privilege to serve with both men," Santillian said. "Both were excellent pilots. Cornell was the type of pilot who anybody would want to fly with and you always felt secure in his front seat because he was confident in his abilities."

The actions of these brave men, which led to their death, demonstrated how they saw their careers as Soldiers and lived their lives, Santillian said.

The building dedication was something they deserved, he said.

"For the Army to do this today is a fantastic remembrance (of) two great Soldiers and it's an honor for me to be part of the Air Cav. and fourth battalion," Santillian said.

The ceremony paid tribute to Resh and Chao with a moment of silence and a missing man formation, which consisted of a flyover of two Apaches as part of an aerial salute to the fallen Soldiers.

Also in attendance was guest speaker for the ceremony, Canadian Army Brig. Gen. Peter J. Atkinson, III Corps deputy commanding general.

During his keynote speech Atkinson described both men as heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in order to save others, something which is now immortalized within the Chao and Resh Memorial Halls.

"These men gave their lives in defense of a land they were strangers in and fought for coalition forces on the ground they didn't even know," Atkinson said. "They did this freely because they were dedicated to the cause of liberty and today we dedicate these two buildings to these great heroes."

Atkinson urged the audience to remember the freedoms Resh and Chao fought for every time they walk through the doors of the buildings.

"We know no building can restore the loss we have experienced as we no longer have these great Soldiers with us, but every time we walk through these buildings' halls a small piece of their memory will be returned to us," Atkinson said.

"We know we can't replace them, but through their contributions and sacrifices, they will be indelibly ingrained on all of us forever," he added.

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