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Jolly 18 Memorial Ceremony, 30th anniversary

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Two drop zones which come into regular use by 920th Rescue Wing Airmen here, Judy and Ferreria DZ, are named after fallen pararescuemen whose passing took place 27 years ago today. A CH-3 helicopter crash off the coast of Patrick AFB took their lives along with three other Airmen. Lost were: Capts. Jan F. Fuchs and David Schaeffner, both with the Eastern Space and Missile Center, and Tech. Sgt. Ronald Martinez, Staff Sgt. Mark R. Judy and Airman 1st Class James Ferreria, all assigned to Detachment 15, 39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing, at the time.

Two drop zones which come into regular use by 920th Rescue Wing Airmen here, Judy and Ferreria DZ, are named after fallen pararescuemen whose passing took place April 7, 1984. A CH-3 helicopter crash off the coast of Patrick AFB took their lives along with three other Airmen. Lost were: Capts. Jan F. Fuchs and David Schaeffner, both with the Eastern Space and Missile Center, and Tech. Sgt. Ronald Martinez, Staff Sgt. Mark R. Judy and Airman 1st Class James Ferreria, all assigned to Detachment 15, 39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing, at the time.

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 920th Rescue Wing is hosting the 30-year anniversary of the Jolly 18 Memorial Ceremony April 5, at 11 a.m. at the Memorial Flag Plaza at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.

Members of the 920th RQW, along with friends and family of the fallen, will honor Capts. Jan F. Fuchs and David K. Shaffner, Tech. Sgt. Ronald L. Martinez, Staff Sgt. Mark R. Judy and Airman 1st Class James A. Ferreira, who all gave their lives April 7, 1984.

Base ID card holders are invited to attend.

Sequence of events:
11 a.m.: Greetings and Introductions: Senior Master Sgt. Craig Kennedy, former Detachment 15 Pararescueman, co-worker and friend of the fallen.
□Posting of Colors: Civil Air Patrol, South Brevard Cadet Squadron
□National Anthem: Tech. Sgt. Patrick O'Shaughnessy
□Invocation: Chaplain (Lt. Col.) John Weller, 920th RQW
□Opening remarks: Senior Master Sgt. Craig Kennedy
□Guest speaker: Col. Jeffrey Macrander, 920th Rescue Wing Commander
□Folding of Flag: Retired Master Sgt. Mathew English
□21 Gun Salute: American Legion, Post 163
□Taps: American Legion, Post 163
□Closing remarks: Senior Master Sgt. Craig Kennedy
□Retiring of Colors: Civil Air Patrol, South Brevard Cadet Squadron
□11:30 a.m.: Ceremony concludes

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Media who are interested in covering the event should RSVP by email to Tech. Sgt. Peter Dean, peter.dean.6@us.af.mil, or call (321) 494- 0551/0535 by 8 a.m., April 5, 2014. Media should plan to meet at the PAFB main gate on SR A1A by 10:30 a.m. for the 11 a.m. ceremony.

For more information, contact the 920th Rescue Wing Public Affairs Office at (321) 494-0551/0535