Updated By: Winnie Wright
April 10, 2014
Valdosta, GA - Airmen from Moody Air Force Base and Stewart Air National Guard base in New York joined the family of Staff Sergeant TJ Lobraico to honor the fallen airman Thursday. A man who friends say, was known to make the best out of any situation.
"Although he was a member of the 105th, and not assigned to the 823rd here at Moody, we still felt like he was part of the family. When you spend six months together, you tend to form a family over that period of time", says MSgt Justin Geers.
Lobraico died in September of 2013, when enemy forces attacked his unit outside of Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.
Friends and family shared memories of Sgt. Lobraico, as he was honored with a monument and also a magnolia tree.. a lasting reminder of the Sgt.'s dedication and love for the Air Force.
"It's the best way to remember his memory. It really is. It makes me feel good that It makes me feel good that I am able to walk to work every day and remember him. Start off the day right, like a cup of coffee. Off to work, remember TJ for the great things that he did", says Senior Airman Charles Valcarcel.
"He was very carefree. I hate to say it; happy go lucky. He inspired others and you couldn't help but be his friend. His personality was contageous. His sense of humor was contageous. He was the type of person you wanted to be around", says Senior Airman Kyle McNamara.
Friends also say it was in Lobraico's nature to do whatever was best for the team. They say he was a born leader who should have had a life long career in the air force.
For more information of SSgt Lobraico, visit http://www.moody.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123363534
News Release: Moody Air Force Base
Moody's 823d Base Defense Squadron will hold a memorial service and tree dedication in honor of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Todd J. Lobraico Jr. April 10 at 10:30 a.m.
Lobraico died Sept. 5, 2013, from wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 105th Security Forces Squadron out of Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y.
Though not based at Moody, the 105th SFS is considered a sister unit of the 820th Base Defense Group, and trains and deploys side-by-side with Moody Airmen regularly. While in Afghanistan, Lobraico was deployed with Airmen from the 823d BDS.
Family members of Lobraico and 105th SFS Airmen will be present for the memorial service.
A story and photos from last year's service can be found here:
If you would like to cover this event, please see the details below.
WHERE: Moody AFB's Visitor's Center, Davidson Rd.
WHEN: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Arrive at the visitor's center NO LATER THAN 10 A.M.
Media interested in covering the event must RSVP with SSgt Jamal Sutter, Moody Public Affairs, by email before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. Failure to do so will result in refusal of base access for the event. Please contact SSgt Sutter with any questions or concerns pertaining to this event.
JAMAL D. SUTTER, SSgt, USAF
23d Wing Public Affairs
Media Operations NCOIC
Comm: (229) 257-4146