“Never was so much owned by so many few” - Winston Churchill
Today we take the time out of our day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice
Staff Sgt Ray Rangel of San Antonio‚ Texas was born to Federico and Cynthia Rangel‚ Jr. He was taken away from his family on February 13‚ 2005‚ at the age of 29 while on a rescue mission in Balad‚ Iraq. Staff Sgt Ray died doing what he loved to do – helping others when they were in need.
Ray served as a firefighter for over 9 years‚ serving last with the 7th Civil Engineer Squadron. He attended the Department of Defense Lewis F. Garland Fire Academy at Goodfellow AFB‚ Texas. His advanced training included: Airport Crash Firefighting‚ Silent War (Infectious Diseases)‚ Nuclear‚ Biological and Chemical Domestic Preparedness (Awareness Level)‚ Emergency Response to Terrorism‚ Emergency Response to Domestic Biological Incidents Operations Level (WMD)‚ Terrorism Response/Emergency Care‚ and Critical Incident Stress Management (Basic). His career took him to Lackland AFB‚ Texas; Goodfellow AFB‚ Texas; Spangdahlem AFB‚ Germany; Whiteman AFB‚ Missouri; Clear AFB‚ Alaska; and Dyess AFB‚ Texas. His awards and decorations include: the AF Training Ribbon‚ Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle)‚USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon‚ AF Longevity Service (1 device)‚ AF Overseas Ribbon Long‚ AF Overseas Ribbon Short‚ Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal‚ Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1 device)‚ National Defense Service Medal (1 device)‚ AF Good Conduct Medal (3 devices)‚ AF Outstanding Unit Award (2 devices)‚ and Air Force Achievement Medal (2 devices ). Ray also has two awards named in his honor: Staff Sgt Ray Rangel Award and the Ray Rangel Noncommissioned Officer Award which is given to fellow airmen in the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing that epitomize the selfless courage that he displayed. An American Legion was also renamed to Ray Rangel Post 399.