By Capt. Kurt Van Slooten, 1st Signal Brigade PAOMarch 14, 2014
USAG Daegu - A sorrowful ambience greeted those attending the brigade's memorial service for another of its dedicated civilian teammates on Mar. 13, at Soldiers Memorial Chapel on Camp Walker.
Brig. Gen. Stephen E. Farmen, commanding general, 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Col. Paul H. Fredenburgh III, commander, 1st Signal Brigade, Command Sgt. Maj. Darris Curry, command sergeant major, 1st Signal Brigade, and numerous other officers, noncommissioned officers, Soldiers, and civilians were in attendance to honor the contributions of John E. McLeroy and pay their respects to his widow, Micha Kwon.
"Through his dedicated work as an IT Specialist in the Air Force, then as a contractor and finally, as a Department of the Army Civilian, John served our country for more than 20 years," said Fredenburgh.
While at 1st Signal Brigade, McLeroy supported not only the brigade's mission, said Fredenburgh, but also the larger mission of Eighth Army and United States Forces Korea strengthening the Alliance here in the Republic of Korea with his expertise in information technology services.
Lt. Col. Roberto R. Castillo, director, Regional Cyber Center-Korea, expressed his condolences to McLeroy's family and said he will be missed by the 6th Regional Cyber Center family as well as friends and family from abroad. Castillo wanted those at the service to know that McLeroy's closest friends were with him at the end.
"His accomplishments will not go unnoticed and will forever be remembered among his closest friends," said Castillo.
1st Signal Brigade Chaplain Maj. Celestene Robb, who was present with McLeroy during his last moments, called on those in attendance to not to dwell on his death. Instead, she said to know that God has granted him the ultimate healing as end to his suffering and that now he is free of all pain.
Robb also told them to be thankful for the time that they did have to know McLeroy as a loving husband, a friend, a committed coworker, a dedicated leader and a fun-loving man who always had sports on his mind.
Born on Nov. 23, 1965, McLeroy served ten years in the U.S. Air Force, followed by many years of continued support of the U.S. defense as a contractor. He lived for his final three years in Daegu, working in the Active Directory/Cloud Services section for RCC-K as a DA civilian. McLeroy died on Mar. 5, 2014, of complications of cancer. He is survived by his wife Micha Kwon, his mother Diane McLeroy and his sister Teena Robinson.