Stolen statue honoring fallen soldier Tim Davis is returned to mother’s porch

A statue honoring fallen U.S. Airman Tim Davis has been returned to the porch from where it vanished in late September. The soldier’s mother, Sally Sheldon tells us the statue was stolen from her front porch “And today they returned it. It was on my front porch when I opened the door. I’m so thankful.”
Sally’s son Tim was killed during combat operations five years ago near Bagram, Afghanistan of wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. “my brother Jim Sheldon of Montesano had given me a carving of an eagle, perched on the Air Force insignia and it said ‘Tim Davis: Hero’ on it.”

The statue vanished in late September, and without as much as a note it was returned this morning. “I don’t know what to say I’m so thankful, I’m so very thankful.”
The Eagle is missing his marble eyes, and it doesn’t say “Tim Davis: Hero” on it anymore. The carving looks as if someone was trying to rebrand it to sell as a chainsaw carving, but the lightning bolt and jolly green feet were still visible on the Special Tactics insignia.
The 1999 Montesano High School graduate was killed His mother Sally pled with the burglar(s) in September through the Aberdeen Daily World, and just under a week before Veteran’s Day, the statue was returned.
Tim Davis Aberdeen

 

Coast Guard rescues injured hiker in Olympic National Park

SEATTLE — A rescue aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., rescued a 60-year-old male that reportedly suffered a broken ankle while hiking in Olympic National Park near Starbuck Mine, Wash., Sunday afternoon.

A member of the U.S. Forest Service, who was on-scene with the man and rendered first aid, requested Coast Guard assistance through the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

The aircrew launched from Port Angeles aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter at about 3:50 p.m., and was able to safely hoist the injured man aboard. The aircrew transported the man back to Air Station Port Angeles, and transferred him in stable condition to waiting emergency medical services at about 5:30 p.m.

EMS transported the man to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles.

Silver Star Recipient US Air Force Fighter Pilot Speaks at Sheriff’s Breakfast

SHELTON, Wash. – Lt Col Dean Hunter, USAF Retired, PhD, was the guest speaker at the monthly Sheriff’s Breakfast held at the Little Creek Casino, Friday, August 30, 2013.

Lt Col Hunter, author of “For Love of Life and Country”, provided the public safety audience thrilling stories of being a US Marine combat rifleman during the Korean War, a US Air Force B-47 bomber pilot during the Cold War, and a US Air Force fighter pilot during the Vietnam War. All of the stories left the audience sitting on the edge of their seats as he recounted combat missions where he was actually listed as Killed-In-Action, not one, but two different times.

Lt Col Hunter referred to the public safety audience as the “real heroes”, but Sheriff Casey Salisbury informed the room that Lt Col Hunter is now being considered to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroic actions during a specific battle. The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest award US military personnel can receive. Lt Col Hunter is already the recipient of the Silver Star Medal, which is the third highest military decoration for valor.

Agreements secure $590 million in federal passenger rail funding for Washington state

As a result of the $590 million in Recovery Act high-speed-rail funding:

  • Two additional daily Amtrak Cascades round trips will be added between Seattle and Portland, for a total six, by 2017.
  • On-time reliability is expected to increase from 62 to 88 percent.
  • More consistent speeds will be possible throughout the corridor, resulting in faster travel times between Seattle and Portland.
  • Major construction projects will be completed that will include building bypass tracks to allow for increased train frequency and multiple upgrades to existing track.
  • Several safety-related projects will be completed, including grade separations and the latest technology in advanced-warning signal systems. This will reduce passenger/freight congestion, making passenger travel times shorter with more reliable on-time service.

 

“This is another great development for our state in that this rail work will generate thousands of highly skilled construction and operating jobs and result in important improvements in rail passenger service,” Gregoire said. “It’s especially exciting following the Pentagon’s selection of Boeing to build the next generation of Air Force tankers, which also will bring thousands of jobs to Washington.”

 

Gregoire said credit is due to the state’s congressional delegation, including Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Rick Larsen, who were instrumental in working with federal partners in Washington, D.C., to secure this passenger rail funding.

 

“Signing this agreement now means work can begin during this year’s construction season,” said Washington Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond, noting that the ARRA funds will create more than 6,000 direct and indirect jobs in the Pacific Northwest. “Ultimately, the goal is to boost the rail-line capacity and relieve mainline congestion, allowing Amtrak Cascades to offer more frequent and reliable passenger rail service between Portland and Seattle.”

 

“This is an important milestone in our longstanding relationship with WSDOT to fund improvements for additional and improved passenger service in the Cascades corridor,” said Matt Rose, BNSF Railway chairman and CEO. “We believe reaching this agreement is consistent with that long-term relationship with WSDOT and our agreement with Amtrak, which will bring improved passenger service in the corridor.”

 

Ridership continues to grow on Amtrak Cascades, with a 10 percent increase between 2009 and 2010. Since Amtrak Cascades service began in 1994, annual ridership has increased from 100,000 to 840,000 last year.

 

“Amtrak is privileged to be a long-time partner with the state of Washington in the development, growth and operation of its premier and popular passenger rail service,” said Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman. “Amtrak congratulates all the parties in reaching this important agreement to advance America’s high-speed rail program and we look forward to the opportunity to deliver improved intercity travel options for rail passengers in the Pacific Northwest.”

 

Hammond said passenger rail is a viable alternative available to travelers up and down the I-5 corridor – the reason Washington has invested more than $331 million in passenger rail since 1994.

 

Washington state received an additional $161.5 million in high-speed rail funds redirected from Wisconsin and Ohio, which declined the ARRA money. Agreements to obligate this additional funding for Washington projects are expected in the near future.

 

In addition, Gregoire has said stimulus funds rejected by Florida could be well spent in Washington. Florida’s governor has indicated he will reject $2.4 billion in high-speed-rail stimulus funding. Additional money, up to the Washington state’s original application for $1.3 billion in ARRA funds, could be used to achieve more round trips between Seattle and Portland.

Cantwell Statement on Memorial Day

“For many of us, the best way to pay tribute to the men and women who have sacrificed in service to our country is to remember their stories. I remember my own father. He volunteered to serve in the Army Air Force during World War II, and flew missions over Europe. I remember the soldiers I met when visiting Iraq and those I’ve met touring Washington’s military bases. And I think of our military families – the children, siblings, parents and spouses who, on this day, are thinking of a loved-one in harm’s way on the other side of the world.

“Washington state has a proud history of involvement in and support for our nation’s Armed Forces. This Memorial Day, I especially celebrate the men and women from Washington who have given so much to our nation, including the thousands of citizen soldiers who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Volunteers all, they serve with the knowledge that they could one day have to pay the ultimate price to protect their country.”

McChord role in Haiti relief grows

Two additional aircrews were transported aboard the C-17 to Charleston. The Airman will fly additional C-17s from Charleston in support of ongoing relief operations. Each augmented aircrew includes an aircraft commander, two pilots and two loadmasters.

From Charleston Jan. 17, a McChord C-17 was rapidly loaded with 116,000 pounds of bottled water and food for the Haitian people and quickly dispatched to Port-au-Prince. On departure from Haiti, the McChord aircrew evacuated 180 people to Orlando, Fla. McChord Airmen and C-17s continue to support additional humanitarian airlift requirements from east coast locations.

"The United States Air Force is in dedicated, close coordination with other U.S. government agencies and international partners to ensure necessary relief supplies, equipment and personnel get where they are most needed in Haiti," said Col. Kevin J. Kilb, 62nd Airlift Wing commander.

"McChord Airmen are proud to be part of this humanitarian effort," said Colonel Kilb. "Our ability to conduct these operations is due to the partnership and expertise of both the Active duty and Reserve Airmen here at McChord."

Aircraft are flown by active duty Air Mobility Command Airmen and Air Force Reserve Command Airmen, respectively, of the 62nd AW and 446th Airlift Wing here.

AIR FORCE SERGEANT FROM MONTESANO DEAD IN AFGHANISTAN

Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy P. Davis, who grew up in Montesano, has been killed in the Oruzgan province of Afghanistan as the result of injuries received from an improvised explosive device. The Daily World of Aberdeen reports that Davis’ mother, Sally Sheldon of Aberdeen, was notified of her son’s death on Friday. Davis’ father, Mike Davis, lives in Ocean Shores. Davis had just turned 28 and would have been married for five years next month. He met his wife, Meagan, while training at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane. They have a 1-year-old son. Davis was assigned to Florida’s Hurlburt Field. He was with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron