JBPHH 'Port Dawgs' participate in global 5K run to honor fallen

Participants in the Port Dawg Memorial 5K Run pass the Missing Man Formation Memorial at Aloha Aina Park, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on May 16. (U.S. Navy photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander Martinez)

05/30/14 12:00 AM

By Staff Sgt. Alexander Martinez, 15th Wing Public Affairs

Airmen from the 735th Air Mobility Squadron (AMS), as well as air transportation members and supporters from other JBPHH units, organized and participated in a Port Dawg Memorial 5K Run on May 16.

The run took place during National Transportation Week and honored air transportation “Port Dawgs” who lost their lives in the last year.

“Today’s run went really well because it allowed us to reflect on the lives of our fallen [Airmen] and helped build our unit camaraderie,” said Master Sgt. Todd Cyr, 735th AMS passenger services superintendent.

To kick off the run, the group of about 40 participants gathered to listen to the event’s guest speaker, retired Chief Master Sgt. Jose Silva.

“With this run, we have a great opportunity to honor our fallen family members,” Silva said. “That’s something that we have to remember- we’re all family and families take care of each other. The legacy they left behind is in your hands today. They passed that torch to you.”

A participant then read the names of the fallen Airmen, and the group paused for a moment of silence before beginning the run.

Cyr said this is the run’s inaugural year as a global event and plans to have JBPHH participate from now on.

“This is one of the largest groups participating in the global run, and I think that’s a testament to Team Hickam,” Cyr said.

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