Friday, November 17, 2006

Loss at Fort Leavenworth

Flags on Fort Leavenworth will be flown at half-staff on Friday, 17 November in honor of Colonel Thomas H. Felts, who was killed in Iraq on 14 November. COL Felts was assigned to Fort Leavenworth in the School of Advanced Military Studies. He had been in Iraq since January 2006 and was attached to 1-6 MITT, 2nd BCT, 1st Infantry Division. There will be a Memorial Service Friday, 17 November from 1100 to 1200 hours in the Main Post Chapel. COL Felts' family welcomes the Fort Leavenworth community, a reception will follow.

The family of Thomas H. Felts, Colonel, United States Army, would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to the many friends and loved ones who have shown so much support to them in their time of loss.

Colonel Felts dedicated his life to the service of God, family and country. He made a huge difference in the lives of all those he touched. He demonstrated that conviction by volunteering for the post in Iraq. He knew the dangers of being in harm's way. Yet, he remained committed to securing the future of our own children by defeating forces of hatred and violence and showing people what is possible if they embrace tolerance and peace. He laid down his life as he lived it, in the name of Love.

Colonel Felts' funeral and burial will be in Virginia. Please refrain from contacting the Fort Leavenworth residence and in lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Army Emergency Relief in order to help Soldiers and their family members.

I am part of the spouse assocation here and Col Felts wife was actively involved in the FLSC. I am saddend by her loss and my prayers go out to her and her family.

Godspeed Col Felts.


MQ said...

That is so sad. Each death is just as shocking and terrible. Thanks for letting us know, so we never forget these soldiers.

MajorDad said...

Tom was a friend of mine years ago at Fort Huachuca in Arizona...and it's with great sadness I read this story.

May Tom's family find comfort in the days to come knowing that he died doing what he knew was right. You could always count on him to do just that!

Be thou at peace my friend!