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We're doing a Patriot Guard ride Saturday, I can't make the Thursday due to work.

This will be your only email notice of this mission.
Please go to the following link for mission updates and to post messages

SSgt Jesse L. Thomas Jr., 31
Pensacola, Fl.
June 20 & 22, 2013
The Patriot Guard has been requested to escort and stand in honor for SSgt Jesse L. Thomas Jr. This will be a two part mission. SSgt Thomas was KIA on June 10, 2013 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

We will receive SSgt Thomas's remains upon arrival from Dover, DE at the Pensacola Aviation Center, 4145 Jerry L. Maygarden Rd., Pensacola. Aircraft arrival is scheduled for 11:00 AM, June 20, 2013. We will then escort SSgt Thomas to the Joe Morris Funeral Home, 701 N. DeVillers St., Pensacola.

The second part of this mission will take place on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Funeral services are scheduled at the East Hill Church of God in Christ, 400 East Jordan St. Pensacola at 1:00 PM. We will set a flag line up prior to the service. Following the service, we will escort SSgt Thomas to Barrancas National Cemetery for honors. Honors at Barrancas National Cemetery are scheduled for 3:15 PM. Joe Morris Funeral Home, 701 N. DeVillers St., Pensacola is in charge of arrangements

SSgt Thomas was assigned to the 39th Transportation Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command out of Kleber Kaserne, Germany. He leaves behind his wife, Michelle, also an active duty member, 3 step children, and his Mother, Irma Oliver. SSgt Thomas earned the following awards during his service to this country. The Army Commendation Medal (3) {3rd posthumous}, Army Achievement Medal (3), Army Superior Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (3), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal (2), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (2), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2), and the NATO Medal {posthumous}.

Itinerary: Thursday, June 20, 2013
0900 - Staging (Hardee's, 6399 N. 9th Ave., Pensacola – between Langley and Creighton Rd.)
1000 - Mission Briefing
1015 - KSU
1030 - Arrive at Pensacola Aviation Center (Flag Line Set) for arrival of remains
1100 - Arrival of remains from Dover, DE
1120 - Depart for Joe Morris Funeral Home
1145 - Arrive at funeral home

Itinerary: Saturday, June 22, 2013
1030 - Staging (McDonald's, 815 E. Cervantes St, Pensacola (corner of Cervantes and 9th Ave.)
1130 - Mission Briefing
1145 - KSU
1200 - Arrive at East Hill Church of God in Christ (flag line set)
1300 - Service starts
1400 - KSU for Barrancas National Cemetery
1500 – Honors at Barrancas National Cemetery

REMEMBER: Base regulations REQUIRE long sleeve shirts, long pants, long fingered gloves, and leather footwear (covering the ankles) in addition to helmets. Come prepared.

If you have any questions contact the mission Ride Captain.
Ride Captains
Dave Disher 850-529-8243 or
Doug 'Doc' Horton 850-712-4474

Respectfully submitted by

You don't have to have a cycle to attend missions, we usually have a cage or two, they still come to stand the flag line.


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We will keep this soldier's family and loved ones in our prayers and be ever mindful of his sacrifice on our behalf.

G-d speed, Staff Sergeant Thomas......

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