AIRMEN at RAF Lakenheath paid tribute to fallen comrades as a monument to their sacrifice was unveiled last Friday.
A year on from the shooting of two 48th Security Forces Squadron members at Frankfurt International Airport, a memorial at the base was dedicated to all defenders who have died in duty since 2001.
Senior Airman Nicholas Alden, who was based at Lakenheath, died in the shootings.
Lt Col Paul Cairney, 48th security forces commander, said the day was a chance to celebrate SA Alden’s contribution to their mission.
“This is not a sad event, even though it hit us hard. It’s a chance for us to remember the airmen we have lost since 2001,” he said.
Airman 1st Class Reginald Golliday was at Frankfurt on the day of the shooting.
He said: “It means a lot to honour our friends. We were about to deploy together and it’s a privilege to be here today.”
SA Alden’s widow, Patricia, was at the ceremony alongside around 100 airmen and senior base personnel.