Combat Controller Killed in Afghanistan

Senior Airman Adam Servais was a combat controller assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla. He was killed Aug. 19 when his vehicle came under hostile fire in Afghanistan's Uruzgan Province. (Courtesy photo)

Senior Airman Adam Servais was a combat controller assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla. He was killed Aug. 19 when his vehicle came under hostile fire in Afghanistan's Uruzgan Province. (Courtesy photo)

Hurlburt Field, FL.-- -- A memorial service will be held in Freedom Hangar at 9 a.m. August 25, 2006  to honor 23rd Special Tactics Squadron combat controller Senior Airman Adam Servais who was killed in action in Afghanistan Saturday. 

Airman Servais, who was working side-by-side with the Afghan National Army as part of a special operations forces team, died when his convoy was attacked by extremists in the Southern Afghan province of Uruzgan. 

"We are terribly saddened at the loss of Senior Airman Adam Servais," said Lt. Col. Eric Ray, 23rd Special Tactics Squadron commander. "He was a hard charging, highly spirited Airman with tremendous drive and dedication." 

Airman Servais was a native of Onalaska, Wis., and joined the Air Force in 2002.
In a statement released by the Servais family, Adam was remembered as enthusiastic and proud of his role as a combat controller. 

"He didn't want applause or recognition. His main focus was always on doing his job and doing it well despite the risks," the statement said. 

Airman Servais graduated from Advanced Skills Training Sept. 24, 2004, and was then assigned to the 23rd STS. This was his second deployment since joining the Air Force. 

"Airman Servais loved the work he was doing," Colonel Ray said. "He will be missed by all of us." 

"We will honor Adam's memory by continuing to support his squadron," the Servais family statement said. "We hope they will all come home safely."