Airmen say they are proud to honor the sacrifice made by one of their brothers. Hundreds of airmen and community leaders turned out to dedicate the Airmen Leadership School at Moody Air Force Base in honor of Senior Airman Jason Cunningham. He was Moody's first casualty in the War on Terror.
Now, each year, 240 students will learn how he gave his life to save the lives of 10 others.
"All of a sudden they'll realize when they see this guy, they'll say ‘hey, this was one of us. I know the guys he worked with, he was a Senior Airman, he was one of us. Senior Airman can really make difference in the world,’" says MSgt Jerry Childs.
"We want them to take a piece of Jason with them. We want them to understand his sacrifices that he made. Why he made those sacrifices, so when they launch out and are in the same situation that Jason was in, they will do the same things Jason did, and that is put the nation's interest in front of their own, defend his fellow airmen and fellow soldiers," says Col. Brad Heithold, Base Commander.
Jason's widow says it’s an honor for Jason and his entire family.
"Its such an honor, for me, even though I'm just here for a day, and its an honor for him and I think its a great idea and its nice that people still think about him and remember him," says Theresa Cunningham, Jason's widow.
Air Force leaders who never even met Cunningham say they feel like they know him after learning about his sacrifice, and they say his courage will live on.