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Alamo Wing honors fallen Airmen

The 433rd Airlift Wing stopped for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Bravo-12 Memorial Grove the Thursday before Memorial Day 2009. Bravo-12 was the call sign for a C-5 that crashed in 1990. The grove, built in memory of the crew, now serves as a memorial to all of the fallen Airmen from the Alamo Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman Brian McGloin)

The 433rd Airlift Wing stopped for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Bravo-12 Memorial Grove the Thursday before Memorial Day 2009. Bravo-12 was the call sign for a C-5 that crashed in 1990. The grove, built in memory of the crew, now serves as a memorial to all of the fallen Airmen from the Alamo Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman Brian McGloin)

The 433rd Airlift Wing stopped for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Bravo-12 Memorial Grove the Thursday before Memorial Day 2009. Bravo-12 was the call sign for a C-5 that crashed in 1990. The grove, built in memory of the crew, now serves as a memorial to all of the fallen Airmen from the Alamo Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman Brian McGloin)

The 433rd Airlift Wing stopped for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Bravo-12 Memorial Grove the Thursday before Memorial Day 2009. Bravo-12 was the call sign for a C-5 that crashed in 1990. The grove, built in memory of the crew, now serves as a memorial to all of the fallen Airmen from the Alamo Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman Brian McGloin)

The 433rd Airlift Wing stopped for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Bravo-12 Memorial Grove the Thursday before Memorial Day 2009. Bravo-12 was the call sign for a C-5 that crashed in 1990. The grove, built in memory of the crew, now serves as a memorial to all of the fallen Airmen from the Alamo Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman Brian McGloin)

The 433rd Airlift Wing stopped for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Bravo-12 Memorial Grove the Thursday before Memorial Day 2009. Bravo-12 was the call sign for a C-5 that crashed in 1990. The grove, built in memory of the crew, now serves as a memorial to all of the fallen Airmen from the Alamo Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman Brian McGloin)

Brig. Gen. John Fobian, commander of the 433rd Airlift Wing addressed Alamo Wing Airmen and family members as they stopped for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Bravo-12 Memorial Grove the Thursday before Memorial Day 2009. Bravo-12 was the call sign for a C-5 that crashed in 1990. The grove, built in memory of the crew, now serves as a memorial to all of the fallen Airmen from the Alamo Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman Brian McGloin)

Brig. Gen. John Fobian, commander of the 433rd Airlift Wing addressed Alamo Wing Airmen and family members as they stopped for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Bravo-12 Memorial Grove the Thursday before Memorial Day 2009. Bravo-12 was the call sign for a C-5 that crashed in 1990. The grove, built in memory of the crew, now serves as a memorial to all of the fallen Airmen from the Alamo Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman Brian McGloin)

The 433rd Airlift Wing stopped for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Bravo-12 Memorial Grove the Thursday before Memorial Day 2009. Bravo-12 was the call sign for a C-5 that crashed in 1990. The grove, built in memory of the crew, now serves as a memorial to all of the fallen Airmen from the Alamo Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman Brian McGloin)

The 433rd Airlift Wing stopped for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Bravo-12 Memorial Grove the Thursday before Memorial Day 2009. Bravo-12 was the call sign for a C-5 that crashed in 1990. The grove, built in memory of the crew, now serves as a memorial to all of the fallen Airmen from the Alamo Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman Brian McGloin)

Chaplain Jesse Howard offers the invocation as the 433rd Airlift Wing stopped for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Bravo-12 Memorial Grove the Thursday before Memorial Day 2009. Bravo-12 was the call sign for a C-5 that crashed in 1990. The grove, built in memory of the crew, now serves as a memorial to all of the fallen Airmen from the Alamo Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman Brian McGloin)

Chaplain Jesse Howard offers the invocation as the 433rd Airlift Wing stopped for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Bravo-12 Memorial Grove the Thursday before Memorial Day 2009. Bravo-12 was the call sign for a C-5 that crashed in 1990. The grove, built in memory of the crew, now serves as a memorial to all of the fallen Airmen from the Alamo Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman Brian McGloin)

The 433rd Airlift Wing stopped for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Bravo-12 Memorial Grove the Thursday before Memorial Day 2009. Bravo-12 was the call sign for a C-5 that crashed in 1990. The grove, built in memory of the crew, now serves as a memorial to all of the fallen Airmen from the Alamo Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman Brian McGloin)

The 433rd Airlift Wing stopped for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Bravo-12 Memorial Grove the Thursday before Memorial Day 2009. Bravo-12 was the call sign for a C-5 that crashed in 1990. The grove, built in memory of the crew, now serves as a memorial to all of the fallen Airmen from the Alamo Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman Brian McGloin)

The 433rd Airlift Wing stopped for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Bravo-12 Memorial Grove the Thursday before Memorial Day 2009. Bravo-12 was the call sign for a C-5 that crashed in 1990. The grove, built in memory of the crew, now serves as a memorial to all of the fallen Airmen from the Alamo Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman Brian McGloin)

The 433rd Airlift Wing stopped for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Bravo-12 Memorial Grove the Thursday before Memorial Day 2009. Bravo-12 was the call sign for a C-5 that crashed in 1990. The grove, built in memory of the crew, now serves as a memorial to all of the fallen Airmen from the Alamo Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman Brian McGloin)

The 433rd Airlift Wing stopped for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Bravo-12 Memorial Grove the Thursday before Memorial Day 2009. Bravo-12 was the call sign for a C-5 that crashed in 1990. The grove, built in memory of the crew, now serves as a memorial to all of the fallen Airmen from the Alamo Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman Brian McGloin)

The 433rd Airlift Wing stopped for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Bravo-12 Memorial Grove the Thursday before Memorial Day 2009. Bravo-12 was the call sign for a C-5 that crashed in 1990. The grove, built in memory of the crew, now serves as a memorial to all of the fallen Airmen from the Alamo Wing. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman Brian McGloin)

LACKLAND AFB, Texas -- For a few moments, on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the Alamo Wing stopped to remember. Work still went on across the wing but, in Bravo-12 Memorial Grove, about 100 Airmen and civilians gave a little time to honor those who gave everything. 

The grove is a tribute to Alamo Wing Airmen who lost their lives in the line of duty. Originally built to honor the crew members from a C-5 that crashed in 1990, call sign Bravo-12, the grove now provides a place to remember every Airman, since the birth of the unit, who died in the line of duty. 

Family members of the Bravo-12 crew joined with the military family, once more, to share about and honor past Airmen with a memorial service that started the long Memorial Day weekend. Brig. Gen. John Fobian, the Alamo Wing commander encouraged every citizen to share that honor on Monday, at the end of it. 

"On Monday at 3 p.m., wherever you are, please pause for the Memorial Day National Moment of Remembrance established by Congress," said General Fobian. "This moment of reflection and rededication, in memory of our country's fallen, is an act of national unity. You will be demonstrating your gratitude and respect for those who died protecting our freedom."

In addition to remembering those lost in the line of duty, taking care of each other during the long weekend is also important to preventing needless loss. 

"As you start this Memorial Day weekend, please keep in mind the safety issues at hand," said Mr. Don Hall, from the 433rd Airlift Wing safety office. "Before starting a trip, or just a simple family outing to the lake, think of the possible hazards that may come up. Remember, the key to a safe outing is to plan ahead.