EOD Airman honored with unit display

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  • By Kevin Gaddie

The 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron honored a fallen explosive ordnance disposal Airman in a ceremony here Aug. 4.

Tech. Sgt. Daniel Douville was a 96th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight team chief. He died in 2011 from injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated in Afghanistan. He was 33 years old.

Squadron personnel and Douville’s family members honored him at the unit’s central storage warehouse.  His spouse, LaShana and two of their three children: Ayjah, 22 and Daniel Jr., 19, unveiled the second floor storage shelf end-cap display with Douville’s portrait and biography.

“Daniel would appreciate this tribute to his legacy,” LaShana said.  “It’s something our children and I can visit and remember him and his sacrifice to our country.”

Lt. Col. Anthony LaMagna, 96th LRS commander, said it was his great privilege to meet the hero’s family.

“Our team members who came up with the idea of showcasing Air Force heritage and showcasing those important to them deserve all of the credit,” he said. “They saw a great cause and need and made it happen.”  

Other Eglin Airmen appear on remembrance end caps as a part of a squadron tradition, according to Jacqueline Mitchell, central storage warehouse chief.

Some of the Airmen remembered on the end caps include: Gen. George “Bud” Day and Tech. Sgt. John Chapman, both Medal of Honor winners; and Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Jacobson, who died serving in Operation Iraq Freedom.