A run to remember

Air transportation Airmen from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam participate in a Port Dawg Memorial 5K run at Hickam, May 19.

Story and photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman

15th Wing Public Affairs

Airmen from the 735th Air Mobility Squadron came together to participate in the 4th Annual Port Dawg Memorial 5K run at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, May 19.

The event took place during National Transportation Week, and honored air transportation “Port Dawgs” who lost their lives in the past year.

“The 2017 Aerial Port ‘Port Dawg’ memorial run is intended to honor fallen comrades within the aerial port community,” said Master Sgt. Joaquin Chacon, 735th Air Mobility Squadron passenger service superintendent.

Although units around the world participate in the Port Dawg Memorial 5K locally, the units pool their efforts to raise donations for the Fisher House foundation through the sale of memorial shirts. So far, this year’s run generated $5,790.

Before the run, Airmen participated in a moment of silence in remembrance of Master Sgt. William Davis, Master Sgt. Kelly Bartholomew, Staff Sgt. Jonathan Turner, and Airman 1st Class Russel DeLeon.

“This is a time for us to remember all those who came before us,” said Chief Master Sgt. Michael Courtney, Pacific Air Command air transportation functional manager.

Aerial porters, commonly referred to as Port Dawgs, are responsible for military logistics related to aerial ports.

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