A wall to remember

Senior Airman Autumn Velez, 153rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The Wyoming Air National Guard Wall of Honor outside building 16 in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Honoring those who served before you is an important part of military tradition. At the 153rd Airlift Wing, the unit is keeping with this tradition and honoring those who selflessly served in the Wyoming Air National Guard and the unit’s heritage with a commemorative wall, called the “Wall of Honor.”

This wall, previous housed in the base’s old headquarters building, found a permanent home outside of the new building in 2018 in a more elaborate form.The wall honors patriotism, dedication and the sacrifices of the men and women of the Wyoming Air National Guard who have given themselves and their families to both their country and the state of Wyoming.

“It’s important for us to remember the people and missions that built our wing,” said Col. Justin Walrath, 153rd Airlift Wing commander. “When we remodeled our headquarters, we knew we had to take the wall and make it into something unique.”

The Wall of Honor is comprised of nearly 400 names of previous 153rd Airlift Wing members who met certain requirements, in addition to various pieces of the unit’s heritage including prior mission sets, aircraft, and values.

The wall includes the “Code of the West,” which is a code that guides much of the heritage surrounding Wyoming as a state, equally representing the unit.

In order to be featured on the wall, members must have at least 20 years of military service, with at least 5 of those with the Wyoming Air National Guard. The wall also includes names of members who passed away while serving the unit. Those names are denoted with a gold star.

“This wall encompasses the memory of those individuals who came before us and our missions as a wing,” said Chief Master Sgt. Jeremy Nash, 153rd Medical Group superintendent.

“We plan to expand the wall and for it to be here for future generations to remember those who served the Wyoming Air National Guard,” said Nash.

The wall can be viewed at the 153rd Airlift Wing, in Cheyenne.

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