Skip to comments.Schockmel's body to arrive on fort Friday
Posted on 01/25/2007 3:27:34 PM PST by SandRat
FORT HUACHUCA The body of Army Pfc. Collin Schockmel is scheduled to arrive at Libby Army Airfield at 11:30 a.m. Friday.
The arrival of the remains will be the first at the Army post under guidelines established by the Department of Defense on Jan. 1, as part of the 2007 National Defense Authorization Act. The transportation of service members remains will now be military aircraft or military contracted aircraft. Remains also will be escorted on the aircraft by a honor guard escort.
Schockmel died on Jan. 16 of wounds he suffered while on patrol with his unit, the 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division from Fort Carson, Colo. The patrol was attacked by enemy forces in Ar Ramadi using rocket-propelled grenades. The 19-year-old soldier was a resident of Sierra Vista for a number of years.
He was an acolyte at the St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Sierra Vista and wrestled for Buena High School. He is survived by his mother, Kristin Shinn of Sierra Vista, brothers, sisters, grandparents and other relatives.
As part of the arrival ceremony, post soldiers will render honors to him, including a cordon of them lining some of the post roads from the airfield.
The off-post route of the cortege, which will be escorted by members of he American Legion Riders and the Patriot Guard Riders, to Hatfield Funeral Home on Highway 92 has yet to be determined.
Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. A service will be held at noon Wednesday at the Main Post Chapel on Fort Huachuca, followed by burial at the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery at 2 p.m.
BILL HESS can be reached at 515-4615 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A fallen Hero to return for his final rest.
Prayers and thanks to Army Pfc. Collin Schockmel and his family. ~~Pandora~~