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Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”
In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.
Another great Airman and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on December 29, 2022, and has moved on to his heavenly home. Brig. Gen.(Ret) Sam Forbert, age 99, a retired member of the MS Air National Guard, who served with the 186th Refueling Wing at Key Field Air National Guard Base, Meridian as a pilot and served as commander of the wing from 1970 to 1978. Brig. Gen. Forbert is a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, U.S. Air Force and Mississippi Air National Guard. He began his military flying career during World War II, flew in the Korean War and continued his service with the Mississippi Air National Guard in Meridian, eventually becoming the commander of the 186th Tactical Reconnaissance Group – the precursor of the 186th Air Refueling Wing.
It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country. A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.
Rest in Peace Airman. We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.
You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.
“Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten””