WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Air Force planned to honor a fallen hero by naming the service’s newest pre-positioning vessel after Sandpoint native Capt. David I. Lyon, the Air Force announced this week.
Lyon, 28, died Dec. 27, 2013, from wounds suffered when his vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Lyon was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart and the Air Force Combat Action Medal.
The dedication of Motor Vessel David I. Lyon continues the long-standing tradition of the Navy’s Military Sealift Command by having a ship dedicated to national heroes. Lyon is the fifth Airman to receive the honor.
While Lyon was working in Afghanistan, his wife, Capt. Dana Lyon was serving at Bagram Airfield.
When told about the decision to honor her husband with the ship renaming, she said she “was in awe and deeply honored.”
“It is quite an honor that the logistics community and the Air Force recognized the man I knew him to be … humble and selfless,” she said. “Dave’s favorite thing about being in the Air Force was feeling like he was in the fight and making a difference in the world. He would be very much honored and happy about having this vessel named after him because it allows him to still deliver to the war fighter … his legacy will live on and the mission will continue despite him being gone.”
Serving a year-long deployment to Afghanistan, Lyon was performing a combat advisory mission with Afghan National army commandos and working with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan at the time of his death. He was assigned to the 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Lyon, a five-year veteran of the Air Force, was an Air Force Academy graduate and had been stationed at Peterson since January 2010.
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