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SPC. DUSTIN J HARRIS
On April 6, 2006 Spc. Dustin J Harris was KIA (killed in action)in Bayji, Iraq by an IED(improvised explosive device) while serving as lead Gunner during a Combat Logistics Patrol. Dustin was well aware of the risk of a Turret Gunner on any mounted patrol, chose that position due to his concern for others. Always volunteered to assume that risk, because he recognized that the rest of the vehicles & his Fellow Soldiers in the patrol depended on his mental alertness, judgment and skill. He also volunteered because of his Love of Family, his Band of Brothers and not wanting those who were married or had children assume that risk.
Dustin joined the US Army in 2004. Graduating from Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, in Columbia, SC. He attended Airborne school at Fort Benning in Georgia. His greatest accomplishment, along with Proudly wearing the Uniform of the US Army was becoming a Parachutist and referring himself as “Your Mighty Paratrooper” to family & friends. He was assigned to the 172nd BSB at Fort Wainwright, in Fairbanks, Alaska in February 2005 and Deploying to Mosul, Iraq in August 2005 during Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Heavy Wheeled Operator.
Spc. Harris awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Combat Action Badge, and Weapons Qualification Badge.
The Spc. Dustin Harris Memorial Mile will be held on Saturday April 4th, 2020 starting at the Patten Park & Recreation Department. Dustin's Angelversary, is 06 APR 2006.
All proceeds will go to the Patten Main Street Flags and the Patten ATV Club. We would be honored to have you participate and celebrate our Home Town Hero.
This one mile run or walk will be on tarred roads, which at this date could be snow covered or bare. The outside temperature could also fluctuate, so please dress appropriately.
Your registration includes a commemorative shirt plus bib, and finishers medal! Shirts are available to the first 100 participants only!!
Thank you for participation in honoring Army Specialist Dustin Harris.
This event is proud to be a part of the Service & Sacrifice Series Challenge!
The Service & Sacrifice Series Challenge serves as a collaborative effort to raise awareness of events that continue the legacies of our Nation's Gold Star Families, Military Active Duty, Veterans, and First Responder Heroes.
Our mission is simple: Inspired by Heroes and Connecting Communities.
The goal is to connect civilians with those who have served, and introducing events, stories, and legacies they may never have known. The Service and Sacrifice Series motto is: Remember, Honor, and Inspire.
HONORING HEROES FOUNDATION
In 2020, the Service & Sacrifice Series Challenge will be managed by the Honoring Heroes Foundation. The Honoring Heroes Foundation is a 501(c)(3) whose mission aligns with that of the Challenge. The major project of the Foundation is the Maine Gold Star Family Memorial, which will be dedicated from the People of the State of Maine, to the Gold Star Families of Maine and our Nation.
JOIN THE CHALLENGE
Being a part of the 2020 Service & Sacrifice Series Challenge remains simple and can be done anywhere Worldwide! We’ve added new events to our calendar, including three Virtual Events, that represent 16 total events over 9 months. Eligibility for the Challenge requires participants to register for 10 total events, participate in person or virtually, and earn cool Challenge swag at the end! For more information, please visit our Website or find us on Facebook!
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