Airman Chavis Memorial

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Roxanna Haynes
6:00 p.m. October 19, 2006

It was a somber day at Moody Air Force Base. Airman Chavis, also known by many of his friends as "Buddy Lee", was killed by enemy fire near Baghdad on Saturday.

It was standing room only as friends, peers, and commanders of 21-year-old Airman First Class Leebernard Chavis came to pay their respects.

SSGT Willie Harrell, Chavis' friend, said, "He always did stuff to make me smile. Always told me don't worry about it; tomorrow is a better day."

SGT Carl Shaw added, "I'm really glad that he crossed my path in life. He was a big inspiration."

An inspiration not only to his fellow airmen, but a valued fighter for the 820th Security Forces Group.

COL John Decknick, Chavis' commander, said, "He was a talented young man in terms of weaponry. He was out 50 cal guy, which is a M2, so he was a target gunner up in the Humvees."

If you didn't know Airman Chavis, just looking at his picture you can't help but to notice, "He loved to smile. There was never a dull moment around him."

But as you looked around the chapel there was hardly a dry eye as those who loved, knew, and respected Airman Leebernard Chavis came to remember and celebrate their buddy's life.

Airman Chavis will be buried at Arlington on Tuesday. Sixty seven American troops have died in Iraq this month. October may end up being the deadliest month in Iraq in over two years.