AFSOC Airman dies in Afghanistan
By Capt. Laura Ropelis, AFSOC Public Affairs
/ Published February 24, 2009
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- An Air Force Special Operations Command combat control journeyman died Feb. 20 while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Staff Sgt. Timothy P. Davis, 28, of Aberdeen, Wash., died near Bagram, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
An open viewing at 11:30 a.m. and memorial service at 1 p.m. will be held Saturday in Montesano, Wash., at the Montesano High School. gymnasium followed by burial services at Wynoochee Cemetery.
"Staff Sgt. Davis, or 'DT' as we know him here at the squadron, will be sorely missed," said Maj. Travis Woodworth, acting commander of the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron.
Sergeant Davis enlisted in 1999 and was initially trained as a survival, evasion, resistance and escape instructor after completing basic training.
He entered the combat control career field in June 2003. After completing more than two years of training, he reported to the 23 STS here, where he was designated as one of the "Supermen" of the Silver Team, a combat control team.
Sergeant Davis qualified as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller, enabling him to provide direct aircraft and support ground combat operations while embedded with U.S. and coalition special forces.
"Tim was one of the first squadron members to volunteer for this recent deployment, despite just getting back from one less than a year ago," said Maj. Woodworth.
This was his second deployment as a JTAC to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
"He was the epitome of the quiet professional that we in the Special Operations community strive to be," said Maj. Woodworth.
The sergeants' military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Combat Action Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the NATO Medal.
"Our hearts go out to his family and friends as we at the 23rd along with them mourn the loss of one of our own," said Maj. Woodworth.