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Run Honors Fallen Soldier


By: Emily Johnson
November 6, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - The 9Th Annual Operation "1" Voice Special Operations Forces or SOF ran through the streets of Tallahassee this morning. The formation of SOF members along with local police officers and firefighters started their run from the Civic Center to the Unconquered Statue. The run is all to honor fallen SOF airmen and to thank and recognize the local agencies that have supported the run throughout the years.

Included in the run was Tabitha Brown, the widow of Tech. Sgt. John Brown who was a Seminole fan. Tech. Sgt. Brown along with 31 service members lost their lives in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter crash in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. "I don't ever go a day without it being on," said Tabitha Brown on her late husband's wedding band that she wears around her neck as a reminder that he will always be with her.

The run from the Civic Center to the Unconquered Statue represents the warrior spirit that lives in many Seminoles. Just like it did in Tech. Sgt. Brown. "We know that John Brown a Special Operations Air Force guy had that same warrior spirit that they teach the football players," said LT. Bill Stevens, fellow Seminole and founder of Operation "1" Voice.

For Tabitha Brown she is grateful her husband's legacy is being recognized and will live on. "This gives the opportunity for other people to hear about him."

Operation "1" Voice has made stops in towns along their journey for memorial runs like the one today. The 73 hour run started in Lawrenceville,GA and will end in Tampa, FL at the Fallen Heroes Memorial at MacDill Air force Base. Tabitha Brown will run with the Operation "1" Voice members on the rest of their journey. They are scheduled to be there by Thursday.


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