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Technical Sergeant Phillip Myers

Technical Sergeant Phillip Myers

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Stationed: RAF Lakenheath, UK
Unit Assigned: 48th Civil Engineering Squadron
Date Fell: Saturday, April 4th, 2009
TSgt Phillip Myers Memorial

A tribute to Tech. Sgt. Phillip Myers, including his boots, dog tags, rifle, helmet, distinctive decorations and other equipment used by the explosive ordnance specialist, was at the center of a memorial ceremony.

TSgt Phillip Myers Remains Returned

Members of the U.S. Air Force carry team transports a transfer case holding the remains of TSgt Phillip Meyers during an arrival ceremony at Dover Air Force Base, April 5, 2009 in Dover, Delaware.

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On April 4th, 2009, Sergeant Myers gave his life in defense to his nation in performance of his duties while deployed in Afghanistan. He died of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device. He is survived by his wife Aimee and his two beautiful children, daughter Dakotah and son Kaiden.

The 30-year-old father of two is only the second airman from RAFs Lakenheath and Mildenhall who has been killed while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

TSgt Myers was born in Hopewell, Virginia on March 10th, 1979. He attended Hopewell High School where he was enrolled in an accelerated education program and graduated in 1996, one year ahead of schedule. After graduating high school, he entered the civilian workforce as a corrections officer at Riverside Regional Jail and upon reaching his highest potential for promotion, decided to join the Air Force.

TSgt Myers enlisted on March 12th, 1999 and completed Basic Military Training on June 28, 1999. He then continued his training at Eglin Air Force Base attending Naval School for Explosive Ordnance Disposal. After graduating the 10-month program, TSgt Myers departed to his first duty assignment with the 31st Civil Engineer Squadron, Explosive Ordnance Flight, Aviano Air Base, Italy.

During his assignment he deployed to Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was selected as 31st Mission Support Group Airman of the Quarter and was a vital team member during three Nuclear Surety Inspections receiving recognition on numerous accounts from the Inspector General as "Top Performer". In August 2003, TSgt Myers was assigned was assigned to the 39th Civil Engineer Squadron, Explosive Ordnance Flight, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey directly supporting Operation Northern Watch. During this period, he graduated from Airman Leadership School at the top of his class, earning the prestigious John L. Levitow Award and was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant on December 1st, 2003.

TSgt Myers arrived at the 48th Civil Engineer Squadron, Explosive Ordnance Flight, RAF Lakenheath, England in September of 2005. While assigned to the Liberty Engineers, TSgt Myers' continued superior performance earned him the Air Force Combat Action Medal and Bronze Star while deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His leadership by example and management actions directly contributed to the squadron being recognized as the United States Air Forces in Europe 2006 and 2008 "Best Large Civil Engineer Squadron" and led the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight in winning the United States Air Force "Best Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight", 2007 SMSgt Gerald J. Stryzak award. Additionally, TSgt Myers' phenomenal impacts earned him the 48th Fighter Wing Lance P. Sijan award and United States Air Force Military Technician of the Year, 2008.

He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with valor, Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Medal posthumously and also was promoted to technical sergeant during the service.