Posted: Apr 3, 2013 7:57 PM by Tara Grimes - MTN News
Updated: Apr 3, 2013 7:57 PM
Airmen from Malmstrom Air Force Base honored Staff Sergeant Travis Griffin on Wednesday, five years after he was killed in Iraq.
About 100 airmen took part in the "ruck march," carrying heavy packs as they walked around Great Falls.
They started at West Bank Park and made their way through Giant Springs Park and ended at the base.
Griffin was killed in Baghdad on April 3, 2008, when his vehicle was struck by an IED.
The soldiers walked 8.3 miles to commemorate the date he died.
Although Griffin wasn't stationed at Malmstrom, three Malmstrom members were deployed with him at the time.
MSgt Tyler Dunn explained, "When you join the military you take the oath to defend your country and give your life. He paid the ultimate sacrifice. We're not only doing it for him, but for the other people that have fallen before him, after him. It makes me feel good that his memory will live on."
SSgt Griffin was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.