On 18 September, Sergeant Timothy Sayne, was killed in Afghanistan by an IED. He was assigned to the 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based in Ft. Wainwright, Alaska. He was on a mission in Afghanistan. He leaves behind a family that has had to endure the worst sacrifice possible. Please take a moment to reflect and honor his wife and children, parents, brothers, sister, other family, friends, and fellow soldiers.
There was so much more to Tim, but I could not do him justice. I will leave that to his family and friends. At his memorial, in Effingham, Illinois, hundreds lined the streets along the processional route. Many residents who came to honor his service had never met him.
He was deployed in Iraq from 2008-2009, with my son, his platoon leader. My son and Staff Sergeant Vanover attended as the Brigade's representatives.
Most know that Mark and I are retired military and have lost other friends in these conflicts; it matters deeply. When asked to provide photography support for the family during Tim's interment at Arlington National Cemetery, I was honored; Mark immediately offered to join me. It was a very moving experience, and we did our best to capture images that would be meaningful to his family.
Rest in peace, Sergeant Timothy Sayne - son, father, brother, soldier.