They met at the United States Air Force Academy. Both were members of the track and field team and very accomplished athletes. Dana beat all the odds and at 5'2" became a two-time NCAA champion in the javelin throw. She competed for the USA on the international level. Meanwhile Dave set an Academy record in the discus throw; he won a conference title in the shot put; and he served as the team captain.
But their athletic accomplishments pale in comparison to the heart and courage both of these individuals display. They are the type of people that make you better by just knowing them--those rare people you meet that exude a love for life and passion for living. They married in 2009 and were inseparable. Although their military assignments separated them by thousands of miles at times, their hearts were intertwined. They loved each other with an everlasting love. A love that was seen by all who knew them.
Here is what Dana posted on Facebook today:
Our last supper, Christmas Day 25 December, 2013 at Camp Phoenix--Kabul, AFG
(see lead-in photo above)
I got to spend 48 hours with the most incredible man in the world, the absolute love of my life, best friend and leader.
I will lay next to him, his casket draped with our Nation's flag and worship our Lord and Savior one last time with him. I'm bringing the love of my life home today, once my leader and protector--now God's mighty warrior. I know he is with Jesus and feels no pain.
Thank you all, each and everyone of you, for your prayers of love, support, comfort and encouragement.
For that 8 hour flight back to the states, I don't know what else to do but join him in singing,
"Holy, Holy, Holy... Is The Lord God almighty..."
Dave, we love you. Dave, Dana loves you. Although you are no longer here on earth, we will continue to love you through Dana. You are a warrior. You are a leader and influencer. Your life lives on.
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