Ramp Ceremony Honors NYANG Staff Sgt. Todd "TJ" Lobraico
STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, NEWBURGH. NY (09/10/2013)(readMedia)-- The New York Air National Guard's 105th Airlift Wing will conduct a ceremony honoring Staff Sgt. Todd J. "TJ" Lobraico Jr., who died of wounds in Afghanistan on Thursday, Sept. 5, on Wednesday afternoon.

WHO: Members and retired members of the 105th Airlift Wing, 213th Engineer Installation Squadron, and United States Marine Corps Reserve and guests.

WHAT: A Fallen Comrade Ceremony during which the 105th Airlift Wing Commander, Col. Timothy Labarge and 105th Airlift Wing Chaplain Lt Col Robert "Bob" Tilli will speak.

WHEN: Members of the press must be at the base No Later than 1:30 p.m. and in place no later than 2:15 p.m. Ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Main Hanger, Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh, N.Y.

Coverage Opportunities:

Video of the ceremony and the dignified transfer of remains. There will be opportunities to interview base representatives.

Media Ground Rules:

Reporters wishing to attend the event MUST send an e-mail to :105aw.publicaffairs@ang.af.mil

The e-mail must include the name and organization of individuals attending. The 105th Airlift Wing PAO will send a confirmation e-mail with updated time and place information. Members of the press MUST sign the Department of Defense dignified transfer ground rules which will be provided by email before being authorized access.

The family WILL NOT speak with the media.

For more information contact the 105th Public Affairs office at 845-563-2076 or e-mail:105aw.publicaffairs@ang.af.mil

BACKGROUND

Staff Sgt. Todd J. Lobraico Jr., known to his family and friends as "TJ" died in Afghanistan on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Lobraico Jr. died of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. He was deployed to Afghanistan with a team of 105th Security Forces Squadron Airmen who deployed to Afghanistan at the end of June.

The unit is trained to secure air bases and trains and fights much like Army infantry.

Lobraico, age 22, was on his second deployment since enlisting in the 105th Airlift Wing as a security forces apprentice in June 2008. He deployed to Balad Air Base, Iraq from December 2010 to June 2011.

Lobraico joined the 105th Airlift Wing in 2008 after graduating from New Fairfield High School in Fairfield, Connecticut. He attended the Air Force's Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, graduating in November 2008 and then entered Security Forces Apprentice School which he finished in February 2009.

Lobraico was a resident of Sherman, Connecticut.

Lobraico's father Master Sgt. Todd Lobriaco, is a member of the 105th Security Forces Squadron of the 105th Airlift Wing and his mother, Major Linda Rohatsch, commands the 105th Medical Group of the 105th Airlift Wing.

Lobraico's awards include the Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Air Force Overseas Short Tour Ribbon, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Air Force Training Ribbon, and the New York State Humane Service Medal.

Lobraico is the first member of the New York Air National Guard to die in a combat zone since Sept. 11, 2001.

Thirty-two members of the New York Army National Guard have been killed in action or died in a combat zone since Sept. 11, 2001. Nine of those deaths were in Afghanistan and 23 were in Iraq.

This brings to 33 the total number of New York National Guard combat deaths since 2001: with 10 New York National Guard members dying in Afghanistan and 23 in Iraq.
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