Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy Billings
Army Ranger Trevor Coffman
Trevor Coffman, was an Army Ranger stationed at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah Georgia. Trevor was dedicated and focused to be the best Ranger he could be. He entered basic training at Ft. Benning March of 2018. Trevor received the Army Achievement Award in the physical fitness area of basic training. The top PT score is typically 300. Trevor received a score of 360. When he finished basic training he immediately entered jump school. Once jump school was competed Trevor went straight to RASP. Trevor completed the Ranger Assessment Program on the first attempt. He was assigned to B Company, 1st Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield. On November 16,2018 I received a phone call from Trevor’s battalion that he was missing. Trevor was found the following day with a self inflicted gunshot wound.
Officer Kaia Grant
Army CPL Charles ‘Mike’ Kiniyalocts
Born July 16, 1947. The youngest of four boys. He attended Middletown school system and graduated in 1967. He was very active in Boy Scouts, as soon as he was old enough he joined Troop #72. He earned The Order of The Arrow, the highest award in Boy Scouts. Less than 1% of scouts earn The Order of the Arrow.
At Camp HOOK, a Boy Scout camp in Butler county Ohio; He worked as a staff member in the summers. Mike would give over half of His pay, that He earned to fellow scouts that could not afford to go to camp when their troop’s time came up.
After his death- his friends, The Order of the Arrow people and Troop #72 set up a fund for underprivileged scouts so they could go to camp with their troop. The fund was named Mike Kiniyalocts Outdoor Fund. After years of hard work, the fund became self-perpetuating.
He was drafted into the Army. Entered the service via Selective Service. Served during the Vietnam War. He began his tour on April 18, 1969. Kiniyalocts had the rank of Corporal. His military occupation or specialty was Light Weapons Infantry. Service number assignment was 51803673. Attached to 25th Infantry Division, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry, C Company. He was wounded in June; Purple Heart. On July 29, 1969. He was killed in action, earning a second Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars with Oak Leaf Clusters. He is buried in Woodside Cemetery in Middletown, OH with military Honors. Troop #72 put him to rest.
Army CPL Benjamin Kopp
US ARMY RANGER CPL Benjamin Kopp, was shot by a sniper in Afghanistan during his third deployment. During the firefight Ben saved six of his fellow Rangers. He survived his injuries long enough to make it back to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, but was declared brain dead the day after he arrived. The brain death enabled him to become an organ donor. With the donation of his organs, bone, skin and tissue Ben saved or enhanced the lives of 60 people. His heart is still beating today in a woman from suburban Chicago, IL. I have met her and felt his heart beating in her chest. Ben was my only child and age 21 when he died on July 18, 2009.
Air Force SA Matthew J. Kuglics
SPECIAL AGENT MATTHEW JOSEPH KUGLICS Special Agent (SA) Matthew Joseph Kuglics graduated from Green High School, Green, Ohio in 2000, and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in August of that same year. Kuglics began his Air Force career as a Satellite and Wideband Communications Apprentice at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. In June 2004, he graduated from the United States Air Force Special Investigations Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Brunswick, Georgia with a follow-on assignment to Detachment 101, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. During his time there, SA Kuglics completed and was awarded two Community College of the Air Force Associate of Science Degrees; the first in Electronic Systems Technology in 2005, and the last in Police Science in 2006. In November 2006, Kuglics was reassigned to the Anti-Terrorism Specialty Team, Detachment 352 at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. SA Kuglics volunteered for a second temporary tour of duty in the Middle East, and was assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations’ Expeditionary Detachment (EDET) 2410, Kirkuk Regional Air Base, Iraq. On 5 June 2007, Kuglics was in a convoy returning to Kirkuk Regional Air Base. Approximately two miles south of the base, an improvised explosive device detonated adjacent to the convoy, instantly killing him. SA Kuglics was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star; the Combat Action Medal; the Iraq Campaign Medal; the Air Force Commendation Medal (AFCM), 1st Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC), approved from his previous deployment ending in October 2006; and the AFCM, 2nd OLC for his Kirkuk End of Tour.
Army Specialist Four James E. Niehaus
James E. Niehaus Specialist Four, U.S. Army, was killed on June 28, 1968 while walking his guard post on Tay Ninh Base Camp when the camp came under intense hostile mortar fire and he was struck by shrapnel.
Army SFC Gregory Rogers
1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade combat team 101st Airborne Division
23 May 1963 – 9 April 2006
Joined the Army in 1984 after High School.
Served in all 3 Iraq operations during his 22 year career. Completed Airborne Ranger School
Drill Sergeant for 4 years. Posted in Alaska, Hawaii, California, Georgia, Kentucky, Germany, Japan. Meritorious Service medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Bronze Star, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Combat Infantry badge, Purple Heart Recipient.
Greg left behind 2 daughters, Whitney Clarr (Rogers) and Chelsea Whitaker (Rogers). He is survived by 2 brothers Jeff Rogers and Kevin Rogers and a sister Tammy Fairchild. Greg was a funny, great guy to hang with always was the positive person in all situations, he loved family and was an avid pet lover.
Navy LT Patrick “Tank” Ruth
Patrick, a member of Brother Martin High School’s Class of 2004 graduated from Tulane University with a B.S. in Mathematics and was commissioned as a naval officer in 2008. He earned his “Wings of Gold” in 2011 to begin his career as an aviator in the fleet. He deployed with VAW-126 Seahawks on the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), in 2013-2014 in support of U.S. Navy operations in the Persian Gulf. His most recent tour of duty was as an instructor pilot at Naval Air Station Meridian, Training Squadron VT-7 Eagles, training the next generation of Naval Aviators. Patrick loved the life he lived and celebrated each day with new adventure and wonder.
Army E-4 Marc Cristopher Singer
Marc grew up in Southern California, graduating from Garden Grove High School, Garden Grove, California, in 2004. An Iraq War Veteran, he served in the Army from March 2005 to August 2008, earning many honorable medals and distinctions including a Purple Heart for wounds sustained in Ramadi. Upon leaving the Army, he took residence in Florida, meeting his beautiful wife and soulmate, Jennifer. He was employed by Bev Smith Toyota and Kia Dealerships, moving from Sales to Finance Manager. Marc had a love of sports, was a fan of country music, working out, playing darts, and magic. Everything he did, he did with passion and natural competitive drive. His quick mind and determined heart allowed him to excel in all of his endeavors.
Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Aaron Weaver