The 1st Cavalry Division Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade (1CD RSSB) held a memorial dedication ceremony at Bagram Airfield (BAF), Afghanistan, May 7.
Col. Christopher H. Colavita, commander, 1CD RSSB, spoke of the bravery and sacrifice of three fallen Wagonmaster Soldiers and two civilian contractors who worked under the 1CD RSSB umbrella.
Staff Sgt. John W. Perry, Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt, Col. (Ret.) Jarrold M. Reeves and Dr. Peter L. Provost were killed by a suicide bomber at BAF on Nov. 12, 2016. Sgt. 1st Class Allan E. Brown died of his wounds Dec. 6, 2016.
"During this time we remain keenly aware of the costs associated with that cowardly act that took place on this now sacred ground," said Colavita. "We are here today to remember and to acknowledge their sacrifice and to express our sincere gratitude for their truly selfless service."
Colavita and Command Sgt. Maj. Jill L. Crosby, command sergeant major, 1CD RSSB, unveiled the memorial and joined Warrant Officer 2 Samuel Gabara, ammunition technician, 1CD RSSB, in laying a wreath at its base.
Gabara was wounded by the blast and evacuated for emergency medical treatment. After doctors in the U.S. deemed him fit for a return to active duty, Gabara rejoined his brothers and sisters-in-arms at BAF to complete the deployment and return home with the brigade.
The names of the five fallen heroes are inscribed on a plaque that sits beneath a bronze replica of the Norman shield and horse-head silhouette of the 1st Cavalry Division shoulder sleeve insignia that stands only a few feet from the site of the attack
"We must never forget the sacrifices made, and we must always remind ourselves that these brave souls served a higher purpose. These men believed in what they were doing here in Afghanistan, and they had the courage to put their lives on the line," said Colavita. "Because of them and countless others who passed before them, we remain vigilant, ready and prepared to protect our American way of life, and to ensure that Afghanistan is a better place for the Afghan people."