About 400 service personnel turned out June 10 at a forward base in Southwest Asia to dedicate a street at this location to A1C Eric Barnes who died in an improvised explosive device attack exactly one year ago to the day. Barnes, 20, of Lorain, Ohio, was a vehicle operator deployed from the 90th Logistics Readiness Squadron at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo. He was killed during a convoy mission about 100 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq. “Eric was one of the brave, one of the courageous, and one of the dedicated airmen who was committed to making a difference,” said CMSgt. Carl Hunsinger, 386th Air Expeditionary Wing command chief, during the dedication ceremony. “He was a good man who will truly be missed.” (386th AEW report by TSgt. Michael O’Connor)
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.