Remembering Tech. Sgt. Anthony C. Campbell Jr.

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  • By Maj. Stan Paregien

The Department of Defense announced the death of a 932nd Airlift Wing airman who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Tech. Sgt. Anthony C. Campbell Jr., 35, of Florence, Ky., died Dec. 15, 2009 of wounds suffered from the detonation of an improvised explosive device in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Campbell was assigned to the 932nd Civil Engineer Squadron, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

"It is with deep regret that our wing learned of the tragic loss of one of our airmen. Tech. Sgt. Anthony Campbell, was killed in action while in service to his country. Tony was deployed in support of our mission in the Operation Enduring Freedom theater," said William H. Edwards, Jr., commander of the 932nd Airlift Wing.

"His efforts, and those of his teammates, were - and are - invaluable to the thousands of soldiers, sailors and airmen who continue to serve in harm's way - and I dare say we will never know how many lives he and his comrades have saved as a result of their courageous and selfless efforts over the past years," Colonel Edwards added.

"While I know that we all feel a great loss at this time, I ask that you keep his family in your thoughts and prayers - as theirs is a grief that I can only try to imagine today and in the days to come. The 932 Airlift Wing will shed many tears, but we will all know that Sergeant Anthony Campbell is a "hero" by any definition - and I know that I speak for everyone in saying that we are proud to call him "one of ours" and a "friend to all". Our thoughts and prayers are unavoidably focused today - and rightly so," said the commander.