Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Hicks

25, of Jefferson, South Carolina.
Hicks died in an HH-60 Pave Hawk accident in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 41st Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. Died on March 23, 2003.

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SSgt Jason C Hicks Memorial Scholarship Fund
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"I will always love you! You are in my thoughts daily... You will always be in my thoughts and my heart forever!
Love, Cristy"
Cristy of CA

"It's been 12 years today since Komodo 11 launched out & didn't return that night from a humanitarian mission to provide aid to 2 children in Afghanistan. And still, as always, we remember the 6 crew members and their sacrifice. I don't know for sure if my USAF career ever crossed paths with any of these heroes, but I would be most honored if it had, as would any of us be so honored. May God continue to Bless these 6 fallen Airmen, their families, and members of all the US Armed Forces branches & our allied Services who continue on with the mission, "That Others May Live". In the end, that's what all of the US military missions boil down to. That this nation and all our allies and like minded peoples around the world may continue to enjoy the inalienable blessings of freedom & liberty. "These Things We Do That Others May Live."

From a retired USAF NCO and original member (plank holder) of the 512th SOS/RQS, The Rescue Schoolhouse, KAFB, NM"
F111ECM of Rio Rancho NM

"Jason, you are remembered every day. Our son is in the Air Force at Minot, ND with a helicopter unit. We are sorrowed in your passing but celebrate your life. On Veteran's Day, a moment of silence, a time of paying our respects on behalf of you, your crew and all of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. With our deepest respects."
Case & Susan Hicks of Knoxville, TN

"To the Hicks family: I first met Jason in Iceland...I was his squadron commander there in the 56th Rescue Squadron. I vividly remember him coming to me and telling me he wanted to cross-train so that he could fly as a crew member on the HH-60G. I was torn because he was one of my best maintainers in the squadron. Jason was a great man with a great personality and a smile that could melt the Icelandic glaciers. I know it has been a long time since Jason took that final flight to sit at God's right hand, but from time-to-time his memory comes rushing back in a way that just takes a priority over whatever I'm doing at that time. I still visit him in Arlington whenever I get to D.C.-- it is so humbling to be there in the midst of so many true American Heros! I assure you this...as long as I am alive, Jason will not be forgotten!"
Colonel (retired) Rick Leibach of Niceville, FL

"Thanks for your sacrifice, Jason! You are missed!!"
Friend of the fam of Illinois

"Jason- never met you but I knew your brother Curt. To the Hicks family: went to Washington this past week and made it a point to visit Arlington to say a prayer for yall. Wish I would have know Jason but am very grateful for what he did."
Robby Crowley/rcrowley42@gmail.com of Florence, SC 29501

"Today takes me back to 3/23/03. Love and miss you."
Love, Mom of Jefferson SC, USA

"You were remembered in so many ways yesterday and today. The Air Force Times did an article on you today. I am so very proud of you and I miss you so very much."
Mom of Jefferson, SC, USA

"Seven years later - still remembering Jason this Memorial Day weekend! Best wishes and prayers to Cristy and his family."
Lt Col Cheryl Schramm of Toledo, Ohio

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!"
Mom of Jefferson, SC USA

"Jason, today marks the 7th anniversary of you paying the Ultimate Sacrifice, that changed our lives forever. I am so proud of your zest for life, your accomplishments and your sacrifice. I love and miss you each day. I am thankful that God gave you to me for almost 26 years. Love you so much."
Mom of Jefferson, SC USA

"Well Jason I think of you alot. You are still one of my top 5 and you will stay there. Miss you alot can't wait to see you when I am called HOME. You are missed and my Heart still feels the pain when I think of you. God bless you to all the Hicks family."
JASON HAIGLER of PAGELAND SC USA

"LOVE YOU."
Mom of Jefferson, SC

"I just want to let you know I still think about you Jason. I remember the last time we were hanging out in downtown Valdosta with Wes, and Steve and a few other people we worked with. We always had good times! God Bless you and thank you for your sacrifice, you are always missed."
Chris Bowers of Lakeland, Florida

"Veteran's Day 2009. Jason, you are not forgotten. We are honored by your service to our country. Thank you. May Providence Be with your family & friends in assurance that we all hope & strive to be worthy of your sacrifice."
Case Hicks of Lakewood, Colorado

"Jason, I want to thank you for serving and protecting the Great USA. I know your mother and remember you the rest of your family. I have heard nothing but great things about you, and that is such an honor. May God watch over your family and the rest of this great nation. I have a son in the USAF, and I ask to you and the rest of the Heavenly angels to watch over him and every member in service. Thank you again and God bless your family."
Tonya Gardner of Pageland, SC

"Jason, as we celebrate our freedom on this Independence Day, I think of the people who made this possible. I give thanks for them and especially you. Love and miss you. Mom."
Theresa S. Hicks of Jefferson, SC, USA

"Jason, everyday you remain in my thoughts, you will always remain in my thoughts! I love you very much and always will! Thank you for being my special angel. I love you always and forever"
Cristy Hicks of Valdosta, Ga

"Miss you buddy. I'll always remember the look on your face and the amusement you took when that airman called you sir."
Markenia of Dover, DE

"Much gratitude to Jason and all of the servicemen and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may live in this great country!
Happy Memorial Day to the Hicks Family."
Rhonda Rivers of Pageland, SC

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABE!
LOVE & MISS YOU,
MOM"
Theresa Hicks of Jefferson, SC

"Jason, it has been six years. Some days it feels like a life time, others it seems like it was only yesterday. At our Seniors meeting yesterday, you were the topic of conversation!! Your personality, charm, wit, your smile, everything that describes you so well. I just couldn't write yesterday, but today the words are really flowing. Won't take up a lot of space, though.

Noticed that Janet posted a message yesterday. You got to meet Landon before you left us. He is growing up to be a very nice and smart young boy, almost 9, never meets a stranger, just like you in that respect. Lance you never had the chance to meet. Lance could really be your child!!! Not so much in looks, not so much personality (believe it or not he is a little on the shy side until he warms up to you), but his actions & character are you!

Love & miss you so much."
Mom of Jefferson, SC

"Jason, You have been on my mind all day. I love you and miss you. I can see so much of you in both of the boys. I pray that each grow up to have the liveliness, determination and good personality that you had. Love you always and thinking of you often!"
Your Sister, Janet Hicks Barbee of Monroe, NC

"Another year has almost passed. thankyou for your sacrafice. I still talk to some of the guys from moody, and think of you when i do. You are Gone but not forgotten.

"THESE THINGS WE DO SO OTHERS MAY LIVE""
(SSgt) Rusty Garnder of Galesburg Mi

"Son, we made it through another Christmas without you. You may not have been here with us in body, but, we sure didn't forget you. Your name was brought up often in conversation as we reminisced of Christmas past. We will never forget you. Love You Always,"
Mom of Jefferson, SC

"Merry Christmas Brother! The day is almost over. I've had you in my thoughts all day, missing you. I love you."
Curt of Jefferson, SC

"It was really nice that I got to visit you. Its so pretty this time of year, can't believe its the holidays already! I love you. Love, Cristy"
Cristy Hicks of Valdosta, Ga

"I am having a really hard time again lately! I miss you so much. Please help me, you know what I mean. I love you."
Cristy Hicks of Valdosta, Ga

"I miss you so much! You will always be the love of my life no matter what! I will never let go! I love you , Im so glad you made me your wife!"
Cristy Hicks of Valdosta, Ga

"FORGOT ONE THING. THANK YOU FOR LOOKING OVER CURT. AND HELPING US REALIZE WHAT IS IMPORTANT IN LIFE! HE IS STILL ORNERY, THOUGH...DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING FOR THAT?"
TORIE LOVE of HOSFORD, FL USA

"JASON,
I REMEMBER EXACTLY WHERE I WAS WHEN YOU ASKED ME WHAT YOU SHOULD DO. I WISH IN SO MANY WAYS THAT DAY THAT I WOULD HAVE TOLD YOU NOT TO GO. I WANTED TO SO BAD, ONLY BECAUSE I KNEW THAT I COULDN'T GO. BUT WHAT I LOVED THE MOST ABOUT YOU WAS THAT SPARKLE IN YOUR EYES WHEN YOU TALKED ABOUT ALL OF YOUR DREAMS... OF FLYING AND WHERE WE WOULD BE IN 20 YEARS...YOU REMINDED ME OF A LITTLE BOY WHEN YOU TALKED ABOUT IT, BOTH HANDS WERE MOVING, TALKING FAST...SO EXCITED, SO FULL OF LIFE, SO FULL OF YOURSELF :) AS ALWAYS...,SO CUTE. I MISS THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE--I MISS YOU. I NEVER DOUBTED FOR A SEC THAT YOU WOULDN'T MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE. MINE, TOO. AND I NEVER DOUBTED IN YOU. I NEVER GOT THE CHANCE TO TELL YOU THAT AND HOW PROUD I AM OF YOU. HOW PROUD EVERYONE IS. WATCH OVER MADDI FOR ME. WE LOVE YOU!!!"
TORIE LOVE of HOSFORD, FL USA

"Happy Birthday Brother! I love you."
Curt of Jefferson, SC

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SON. Love and miss you."
Mom of Jefferson, SC

"I can't believe today is your anniversary. I can play it in my mind like it was yesterday. I miss you so much, I think I will be without forever, no one comes close to you. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH........ I hate not having you here. I want you back. I just love and miss you so much. I love you."
Cristy Hicks of Valdosta, Ga

"I miss you so much! You are in my thoughts every day! I love you more than anything."
Cristy Hicks of Valdosta, Ga

"I miss you so much! I wish we were in Kristine and Mikes garage again the new year before you died. I love you!"
Cristy Hicks of Valdosta, Ga

"Happy New Year Brother! Just sitting hear thinking about you! I miss you buddy!

Love,
Curt"
Curt of Jefferson, SC

"Merry xmas and Happy New Year my love! I miss you so much. I love you always and forever!"
Cristy Hicks of Valdosta, Ga

"Merry Christmas Brother!"
Curt of Jefferson, SC

"Merry Christmas, son."
Mom of Jefferson, SC

"Jason, You're still in our thoughts and prayers."
Cookie of Albuquerque

"Love you my brother, I'm on my way back to Moody from Kirtland, there was no where else I would want to go. This is where we belong! Two's in, light's out"
Mario (El Guapo) of Kirtland AFB

"To the Hicks Family,
I was stationed with him while he was deployed during OEF. Being medical personel it was hard for me to know that I could not help him or the others onboard that day. The memory of knowing that they were never coming back haunts me to this day. You were all brave and to Jason... I know you will always be looking down all of the other PJ's after you. God Bless the Hicks family."
"Princess" of Texas

"Hi my love, I miss you so much. I love you with all my heart. I wish I had you here!

Love always, me"
Cristy Hicks of Valdosta, ga

"May 28, 2007
Dear Jason, I was honored with being the speaker for the Chesterfield County Memorial Day Service today. When I was asked to speak, I was asked to speak about you. That was so easy and yet so hard. I spoke about your pre-military life and your military life. Curt, Janet, Landon & Lance were there to honor you. Scott had to work. Last week-end Curt & I attended a service for our Fallen Heroes in Washington, DC. Love and miss you, Mom"
Theresa S. Hicks of Jefferson, SC

"May 28, 2007 (Memorial Day)
To the family of Jason Hicks. Jason gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"My most special hero, I miss you so much! Theres not a day that doesn't go bye that I don't think of you! I know you are hear with me always and you watchout over me. I love you so much I always will. I can't wait till the day that we meet again! I am so proud of you. I love you.
Love, me"
Cristy Hicks of Valdosta, Ga

"Jason,
Monday, May 28, our nation, your nation, will honor our fallen hero’s. You are one of them and I will honor you. Thank you for your service. We have the watch now. God bless you.
Matt Holloway
“That others may live”"
matt holloway of albuquerque, nm

"Today is Your birthday and I know your having a party in heaven. You had my back when we use to fight fires and run ambulance calls in high school. You are still my best friend even though you are gone. May you rest in peace. My HERO who gave all. HAPPY BIRTHDAY"
JASON HAIGLER of PAGELAND S.C.

"Jason, I never met you but I did serve with your Uncle Mendel Sullivan in Vietnam.I travel to Washington D.C. every Veterans Day and have visited your gravesite since 2003 at Arlington National Cemetery. Some years I seem to be one step behind your brother!! I just want to thank you from this great nation of ours for your sacrifice. Jason you will never be forgotten, Peace and God Bless"
Paul Raymond of Waltham, MA, USA

"Jason,
I have thought about you alot lately, and Yvonne told me about this site. You were such a wonderful man and always made me laugh! I am so grateful that I was fortunate enough to have know you, and we all truely miss you! God bless you and your family! Love Michelle"
Michelle of Pensacola, Fl

"Dear Hicks family,
My son serves with the 41st Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base. I feel deeply your loss but am so very grateful for your son's service and sacrifice.

God bless you in 2007 with peace and comfort"
Rev. Douglas K. Batchelder of Phillipsburg, NJ, USA

"Merry X-mas my darling! I miss you so much. I know you are with all my other angels taking care of me. I love you. You are always in my mind and my heart everywhere I go. This is not good bye, cause I will see you later! I love you. Love Cristy"
Cristy Hicks of Valdosta, Ga

"MERRY CHRISTMAS, SON.
LOVE YOU,
MOM"
Theresa HIcks of Jefferson, SC

"To the family of:Jason Hicks I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"To the Hicks Family,

In November of this year I will be speaking at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV; as a living historian of Theodore Roosevelt. There will be time to visit at Arlington and pay my respects to Jason, as well as to the several members of the 1st U.S. Volunteer Regiment ("Rough Rider" Captains O'Neill & Capron among others) who are buried there. Surely no man so fortunate as I to spend a few moments in such company as these many heroes. It will be an remarkable honor & privilege for me to visit these hallowed grounds."
C.N. 'Case' Hicks of Lakewood, CO

"Hello darling,
I miss you so much. I can't believe how long its been. I saved all your e-mails, I read them from time to time. I just got done reading them now, I've had a bad couple days. They make me smile, they make me happy. They make me miss you even more than I already do. I will always love you, I know you will forever be with me. Love me"
Cristy Hicks

"Hicks Family,
I knew Jason back in 2001 when we were all going through flight enginner training for months. Your husband, son and father helped some of us guys out to make sure we made it through. With out his help and friendship we couldn't have done it. He was a great guy and always seemed to have a smile. Just know he will never be forgotten...you can count on that.
SSgt Bruce Kamer"
SSgt Bruce Kamer of Denver, CO

"Jay,

Well Bro, it’s been over three years now. Sometimes it seems like last week, others it seems like another lifetime. I think of you every day, and talk to you most. You could sometimes do a better job of answering back! I miss so many things we used to do, and so many things about you. Most of all though I think I miss being able to pick up the phone and call you. I miss your voice and our conversations often, but especially on those crappy days like today, when nothing goes right and I just really need to talk to someone that will help me think things through, and someone who’s always in my corner, I miss you most. You were that person for me. You are my “little” brother, but I depended on you so much, and miss you so much. You remain my best friend. You make me a stronger person. I’m so proud of you buddy!

Love,
Curt"
Curt of Charlotte, NC

"The love that surrounded Jason was always obvious as was his passion for life. May God bless those who loved him with happy memories this Memorial Day and the strength to carry on. I'm sure he's watching over you."
Maj Cheryl Schramm of St Petersburg, FL

"I was on my second tour in Afghanistan when this incident happened.I had just gotten back from an outpost.I knew something was going and that something serious happened.When it was announced that the aircraft had gone down and that all passengers aboard were killed. Just shook the whole base(bagram). It didnt matter what you're rank was or what branch of service you served it was a tragedy to everyone.The day of the memorial I will never forget.When they carried the caskets down the middle of the flightline and we saluted them prior to be loaded onto the aircraft I remember hearing so many people crying especially when the reveille was played.I didn't know Jason or the others at all, but it was very disturbing and affective.That whole day was dreary and lifeless.To all the family members of these soldiers my heart goes out to you and they will not be forgotten.Stay strong and always remember that though they maybe gone their spirit exists.
82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION
82ND AVIATION BDE
FORT BRAGG NC "AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY"!"
ANONYMOUS of MINNEAPOLIS MN

"Jay,
There are not many days I don't think of you. You remain in my heart always. I am happy that our paths crossed and I am grateful for the time we spent together. Still today, I can't believe you are gone. I wish I could see your sweet smile again. I miss you so much."
Mel of Memphis

"To the Family of Jason,
I knew Jason for most of our teenage years. He and I were always the best of friends. For some reason I catch myself thinking of our conversations about the futures we thought we had planned. The day I heard he was gone was on my birthday and it took a little piece of my heart. I could not even put myself in your shoes Chrisy.
To everyone just keep God in your heart and life and I know Jason will be welcoming us through the Gates of Heaven one day. With all my sympathy"
Brandy Murphy-Catoe of Lnacaster S.C.

"To the Hicks Family,
You don't know me, but I was stationed with Jason at the 41st RQS as a Crew Chief. He was one of the first people I met when I got there. He was a great man, and friend. He will be forever missed. Godspeed Jason, til we meet again......."
Billy Cope, SSgt, of Nellis AFB, Nevada

"Jason, what a wonderful son-in-law. A day does not go by that you are not in our thoughts and prayers. Cristy had a case made this Xmas, for the flag and certificate that you sent Dad, for his birthday from Afghanistan, he will cherish it forever. It hangs on our wall with your picture. Alot of your friends are now stationed in good ol Albuquerque. They come over with Cristy when she is in town and tell the best stories about you. There are tears mixed with laughter, as everyone sits around reminiscing. We love you always as does Cristy, and will forever be proud of you. Remember, when you would fly over the Horse Farm and you would tell me to wave...well I still do, as the Pavehawks fly overhead I wave, just for you. I treasure all of the emails you sent us, and still enjoy reading them. You are a true hero in every sence of the word. Thankyou for being a part of our life."
Love Linda Nollen (mother-in-law) of Rio Rancho, NM 87124

"Jason,
I would like to say thank you to you and your fellow crewmembers for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"Jason,

All of us, as a nation, are indebted to your gallantry, for your courage, for your noble sacrifice. Your memory will be held in reverence. As family by last name in Colorado, we are honored even if only related distantly. To your family, may the peace of Providence be every with all of you."
Case Hicks of Lakewood, CO

"Jay Bird, you and your family are always in our hearts and prayers! We had alot of good times together. You are still a Crew Dawg in my book!

Miss Hicks, I don't know if you remember me, but I came up with Jason one time right before he went to Iceland. He then went with me down to Sumter to visit my brother. Anyways, your son was a great man and friend to alot of people. I miss him alot, and he will always be with me forever!"
Kevin Pizzino of Valdosta, Ga

"Jason, I'm so sorry that chris and i couldn't make it to your funneral. I still remember you yelling at me and nycole across the dorms back in 1997. We will always remember they way you just made everybody around you smile. If it wasn't for you chris and I would probably not be together. We love and miss you greatly."
yvonne of valdosta, ga

"Cristy:
I just wanted to leave a quick note to you and hopefully some words of encouragement. I check back to this site frequently to remember Jason and everything he sacrificed. Keep in mind daily that Jason is with the Lord as he is with you every day of your life. Jason had a most unique and caring spirit that will never die. Take comfort in the fact that he is your guardian angel:) I pray the sadness you feel will someday ease. If you should need a friend or someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to contact me at dancetime28@aol.com :)"
Kristin of Charlotte, NC

"Jason, I have just returned from Arlington National Cemetery on this the second anniversary of that fatal crash that changed our lives forever. I am trying to focus on the positive things in life and live life to its fullest, as you would have us to do. Some days are harder than others, but I keep thinking of your smile, twinkling blue eyes and your LOVE OF LIFE! You loved each day and lived each day to the fullest, and for that I am so thankful. You lived a life time in your short live of almost 26 years. I will always love and miss you."
Love, Mom of Jefferson, S. C.

"Jason, today is hard. I wish you were here to hold me, I need you! Its so hard to find a happy place. I miss you please help me. All my love, Cristy"
Cristy Hicks of Valdosta, Ga

"My sweet husband, Gee it would have been 2 years married this last week. Time sure does go by in some ways and then so slow other ways. Crazy.... I only can dream of how happy we would be right now. I know you are my special angel. Thank you for keeping me safe, and giving me strength. I love you always and forever. love your chicken"
cristy of valdosta, ga

"Son, your second nephew was born this morning at 4:18 a.m (1-6-05). His name is Lance Carlyle. I know you are looking down on him. Please be his Guardian Angel also. Love Mom"
Theresa Hicks of Jefferson, S. C.

"Jason,
You are truly missed. To your family and wife, you are in my thoughts and prayers."
Jeffrey Morris of "So that others may live"

"MERRY CHRISTMAS, SON. OH, HOW I LOVE AND MISS YOU, ESPECIALLY THIS TIME OF YEAR. WITH LOVE FOR ALL YOU DID. LOVE MOM"
Theresa S Hicks of Jefferson, S. C.

"To the family of Jason Hicks,
I am an eight grade student in Madison Tenn and I am sorry for your loss and I hope that you are doing well now. Jason Hicks was a very brave man to do the type of job he did. I want you to know that I appreciate everything he's done to keep me safe. I would like to know more about him, his likes and dislikes. I would also like to know what made him join the service. I feel there is no greater gift then when one man lays down his life for another."
Samantha F. of william.gant@mnps.org

"To the family and friends,

Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your loved ones bravery and sacrifice. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. Your loved one is a hero. Greater love have no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13.

God bless you.

Home Front Ministries
Shepherd of the Hills Church
Porter Ranch, CA"

"Jason you gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom that I and my fellow Americans share and enjoy each day. I did not know you but I did know your mon and dad. For you and others like you I would like to say Thank You for what you did for me. Some day I'll look you up and thank you face to face. May you rest in peace with the Heavenly Father."
Harvey Byrd of Marion, NC USA

"Thanks for stepping forward when America needed you. To the family - Thank you for your contribution to our liberty and freedom. I'm sorry for your tremendous loss."
Ronald Carlson of Montrose, MN

"Thanks for your freedomfigt. I remember you."
Werner Sumser of Augsburg/Germany

"Sergeant Hicks, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"I met Jason when he was 16 years old and I was 19. He lied and told me he was 18 because he didn't think I would go out with a 16 year old. I still remember him as one of the sweetest guys I have ever met to this day. Hearing of his passing broke my heart. The last time I saw him was at a gas station the day before he left for duty. I told him to be carful- but he told me he wasn't worried. I still remember seeing that cute, tan 16 year old boy asking me for his first kiss (which im sure wasn't really :) I will never, ever forget him as long as I live, He always made me laugh. God bless his wife Christy. I feel lucky for knowing him."
Kristin of Charlotte,NC

"Christy,
I'm thinking about you today, as I often do. Our Jason's are together, both at Arlington and in Heaven. I know that today would have been your "big" wedding. You are in my prayers, today and always."
Deb Meyer of South Bend, IN

"Dear Hicks Family:I am so very sorry for the loss of your loved one. I will NEVER FORGET Jason and what he did so that we could all live in freedom. He is a TRUE AMERICAN HERO now and always. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless. Jason: THANK YOU. May you rest in peace."
Jessica of Rio Vista,CA

"I met Jason in January 1999 when he was TDY in Las Vegas. It was Jason who made me first realize that someone is out there fighting for my freedom and comfort and that I should not take my countries luxuries for granted. Jason invited me to my first venture onto an Air Force Base and an up close look at his helicopter (that he was very proud of). And it was Jason who introduced me to the man I love. I feel that he watches over us now as he did in life. And I am forever grateful for knowing him.

For over a year now I have searched for the words to express to you my sadness. There are no perfect words. But please know that every time I think of him my thoughts go to you and I send you a hug and love."
Christine Nino of Las Vegas, NV

"To Jason's family: My heart goes out to you, as I know the pain and suffering you're experiencing. My Kimberly probably was in Afghanistan at the same time as Jason. She was then deployed to Iraq and died when her helicopter was shot down Jan. 2, 2004. There is no way to describe the loss of a child...there are no words to adequately comfort a parent. But please know that others care, and are praying for our healing."
Ann Hampton of Easley, SC

"God Bless Jason Hicks and the 41st. My boyfriend was in Afghanistan with Jason and I have heard the struggles they endured to keep us safe and to save others. He along with the other soldiers of the 41st are truly special to us all as are all of those serving our country. May God comfort the family and give you the knowledge that Jason was doing something he loved for those he loved."
Anne of Pennsylvania

"Staff Sgt Hicks' family I pray will know and understand that there are so many citizens that can not begin to express how grateful they are for men like him.

He died protecting our families. He held up his hand years ago and swore an oath to defend this nation. He gave it all so as to honor that oath.

It's that sort of hero that I want my kids to know as a role model. God bless this brave soldier and the wonderful family that raised him."
The Estes Family of Phoenix, AZ

"As Jason's supervisor, co-worker and friend, he will always be remembered as someone who could be counted on to do his very best. He touched a lot of peoples lives and made a difference to the 41st RQS and the whole Rescue community. He once told me "I can't believe they (the USAF) pay us to fly, I'd do it for free". A testiment to how much he loved his job as a Combat Search and Rescue Flight Engineer.
God bless his family. Thank you for letting us down here in Valdosta be part of yours.
THESE THINGS WE DO, THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE!"
Matt Holloway MSgt (ret.) of Valdosta, GA

"There are no words to express how much Jason meant to my family. He brought so much laughter and life to us. I always thought of him as my brother and I will forever. Although he is physically gone from us he will always and forever live in our hearts. Thank you Jason for your sacrifice, thank you for reminding me what true friendship is. Your family is always in our thoughts. You may be missed greatly but will NEVER be forgotten. I love you Jay Jay always."
Penny Wilkerson of Chesterfield, SC

"Thank you Jason Hicks, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"The memory of your twinkling blue eyes and your smile with the pretty white teeth are what keeps me going. You hold my heart. Love you still, Mom"
Theresa S Hicks of Jefferson, SC

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Jason Hicks:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Jason for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Jason Hicks:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Jason, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on