Scott D Sather

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Rank: SSgt

Entered Into Eternal Rest

Staff Sergeant Scott Sather assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, N.C., was killed in combat April 8.

Staff Sgt. Scott D. Sather, an Air Force Combat Controller, was 29 years old. "I offer my condolences to Sergeant Sathers family, friends and team mates, " said Lt. Gen. Paul Hester, AFSOC commander. "His ultimate sacrifice for our great nation is a constant reminder of the service and dedication of the men and women in uniform to a cherished principle – Freedom. Our sorrow is great, but the fight remains unresolved. We bow our heads in silence for the loss of this young man, and we know Scott would ask us to hold our heads high and bring freedom to the Iraqi people. "

Sergeant Sather was from Clio, Michigan. He joined the Air Force in 1992 and had been stationed at Pope since 1999. His previous assignments include the Special Tactics Squadrons at McChord Air Force Base, Wash., RAF Mildenhall, England, and RAF Alconbury, England.

"Our hearts and prayers are with his family, friends and teammates during this time, " said Chief Master Sgt. Bob Martens, the AFSOC command chief. "The loss of one of our own is tragic. The loss of this airman in combat is even more tragic. Scotts death is felt deeply in our Special Tactics community, aswell as the Air Commando and Air Force families. We will all remember Scott as an honorable young man and an outstanding airman. Todays loss is huge; our future victories bittersweet. "

Sergeant Sathers awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, four Air Force Achievement Medals, an Air Medal and the Joint Service Achievement Medal.

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