• FORT CARSON, Colo. " Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Palarino, commander, Rear Detachment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, talks about memories shared with of Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Griffin, senior enlisted leader, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div.; Maj. Thomas Kennedy, fire support officer, 4th BCT, 4th Inf. Div.; and Air Force Maj. Walter "D.G." Gray, air liaison officer, 13th Air Support Operations Squadron, during a memorial ceremony honoring their memory at Founder's Field, Aug. 23, 2012. 
(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Nathan Thome, 4th Inf. Div. PAO)

    Honoring the memory

    FORT CARSON, Colo. " Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Palarino, commander, Rear Detachment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, talks about memories shared with of Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Griffin, senior enlisted leader, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th...

  • FORT CARSON, Colo. " Soldiers  and friends of 4th Infantry Division, present Final Honors in memory of Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Griffin, senior enlisted leader, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division; Maj. Thomas Kennedy, fire support officer, 4th BCT, 4th Inf. Div.; and Air Force Maj. Walter "D.G." Gray, air liaison officer, 13th Air Support Operations Squadron, during a memorial ceremony held at Founder's Field, Aug. 23, 2012. Griffin is survived by his wife, Pamela, and their two children, Dane and Kylie. Kennedy is survived by his wife, Kami, and their two children, Brody and Margaret. Gray is survived by his wife, Heather, and their three children, Nyah, Garrett and Ava.
(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Nathan Thome, 4th Inf. Div. PAO)

    Final honors

    FORT CARSON, Colo. " Soldiers and friends of 4th Infantry Division, present Final Honors in memory of Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Griffin, senior enlisted leader, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division; Maj. Thomas Kennedy, fire support officer, 4th...

  • FORT CARSON, Colo. " The 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Honor Guard, honor fires three volleys to honor the memory of Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Griffin, senior enlisted leader, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division; Maj. Thomas Kennedy, fire support officer, 4th BCT, 4th Inf. Div.; and Air Force Maj. Walter "D.G." Gray, air liaison officer, 13th Air Support Operations Squadron, during a memorial ceremony at Founder's Field, Aug. 23, 2012.
(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Nathan Thome, 4th Inf. Div. PAO)

    Firing volley

    FORT CARSON, Colo. " The 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Honor Guard, honor fires three volleys to honor the memory of Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Griffin, senior enlisted leader, 4th Brigade Combat Team...

  • FORT CARSON, Colo. " The Fallen Soldier Battle Cross is used to show honor and respect for the fallen. Started during the American Civil War as a means of identifying the bodies on the battleground before they were removed, today, it is a means of showing respect for the fallen among the still living members of the troop and as a private ceremony among those still living as a means to mourn. A memorial placed at Founder's Field honored Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Griffin, senior enlisted leader, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division; Maj. Thomas Kennedy, fire support officer, 4th BCT, 4th Inf. Div.; and Air Force Maj. Walter "D.G." Gray, air liaison officer, 13th Air Support Operations Squadron, during a memorial ceremony held Aug. 23, 2012. 
(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Nathan Thome, 4th Inf. Div. PAO)

    Memorial

    FORT CARSON, Colo. " The Fallen Soldier Battle Cross is used to show honor and respect for the fallen. Started during the American Civil War as a means of identifying the bodies on the battleground before they were removed, today, it is a means of...

Griffin, Kennedy and Gray were killed on their way to a provincial council's office in Sarkowi, Kunar Province, Afghanistan, Aug. 8, when two suicide bombers detonated their bombs.
Soldiers assigned to the 4th BCT, 4th Inf. Div., held a memorial service in Afghanistan Aug. 10, to honor the three Soldiers who lost their lives in the incident.
Friends and colleagues of the fallen warriors spoke of their experiences at the ceremony. They told stories of time spent with their fallen comrade, laughed about inside jokes, and reminisced about time spent together.
After speeches, a Pikes Peak Highlander bagpiper honored the fallen warriors with a rendition of "Amazing Grace," which he played as he marched to the Soldier's memorial.
Griffin, a native of Riverton, Wyo., joined the Army in 1988, and was first assigned to 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in Fort Riley, Kan., as an armor crewman.
Griffin is survived by his wife, Pamela, and their two children, Dane and Kylie.
"I received short noticeā€¦that I would have a new sergeant major upon arrival, Griffin from Fort Lewis," said Command Sgt. Maj. Jody Heikkinen, senior enlisted leader, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th BCT. "I called a fellow sergeant major and asked if they knew this Griffin guy, and he said, 'You're getting Griffin? You're going to love him Jody, he'll take care of you guys,' and truer words have never been spoken."
Kennedy, a native of West Point, N.Y., commissioned in the Army in 2000, and was first assigned to the Republic of Korea and served on "Freedom's Frontier," as a fire support officer.
Kennedy is survived by his wife, Kami, and their two children, Brody and Margaret.
"I met then cadet candidate Thomas Kennedy in the summer of 1996 while serving as his cadet first sergeant at the U.S. Military Academy, and from the moment I connected with this hard-charging, motivated, positive, inspiring guy, I knew I had met someone very special," said Maj. Timothy Knoth "Tommy brings out the best in everyone, and for that summer immersion together, I will remain forever grateful."
Gray, a native of Conyers, Ga., enlisted in the Air Force in 1994, and served three years as an enlisted tactical air controller prior to joining the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps program. He graduated in 2001 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant and assigned to 47th Operations Support Squadron at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, as the airfield flight operations officer.
Gray is survived by his wife, Heather, and their three children, Nyah, Garrett and Ava.
"Always a positive force in the Brigade, D.G.'s smile and engaging demeanor regularly brightened a room during staff meetings, in the chow hall, or huddled around a map, planning operations," said Lt. Col. Nicholas Palarino, commander, Rear Detachment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div.
As a final tribute paid by soldiers to their fallen comrades, Command Sgt. Maj. Felix Castro conducted the Last Roll Call. It has its origin in the accountability roll call conducted by the unit First Sergeant following combat, and is called with the conviction held by soldiers that all unit members will be accounted for, and none will ever be forgotten.
After Final Roll Call, the Firing Volley echoed through the field, honoring the memories of each Soldier. Families, Soldiers, and friends walked up to the memorial to render final honors and pay their respects to their loved ones.

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