Port Dawgs host run for the fallen

Airmen from 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing run in formation during the 5th Annual Port Dawg Memorial Run at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam May 18.

Story and photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman

15th Wing Public Affairs

The 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing hosted the 5th annual Port Dawg Memorial Run at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam May 18. The run remembers and honors those lost in the air transportation career field.

“In 2011, the Port Dawg community experienced the tragic murder of one of our members, Tech. Sgt. (Curtis) Eccleston,” said Senior Master Sgt. Duane Fish, Pacific Air Forces air transportation functional area manager.

“(In 2013) Kadena Air Base, Japan, held a memorial run in honor of Eccleston, and began what would become an annual event across the entire air transportation career field.

Since then, every year all aerial ports and 2T2’s across the world have come together during National Transportation Week to hold a memorial run.”

Aerial ports across the Air Force held and participated in a memorial run, during National Transportation Week May 14-18.

“Port Dawg Memorial Run is held all across the globe,” Fish said. “Several locations held their run on the same day, the third Friday in May allowing the Port Dawg community come together. This unites our career field, and builds on the strong comradery that our career field already maintains.”

The memorial run is an annual tradition among Port Dawgs to memorialize fallen teammates across the Air Force with a ceremony and formation run.

“Our career field is very small and deaths in our community are felt across the globe,” Fish said.

“Our career field is inherently dangerous.

But, as a force provider we ensure the warfighters receive the necessary equipment to accomplish their missions. This annual memorial event is just one way that we as a career field have chosen to pay particular attention to those lost in our career field.”

This year’s run celebrated the lives of Staff Sgt. Daniel Albert, Senior Airman Billie Dutton, Airman 1st Class Caleb Bailey, Airman 1st Class Patricia Roy and Airman 1st Class Montiel Alleyne.

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

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