Andy Harvell, 24th STS,
The Hill, NC.
Special Tactics Combat Controller, Husband, & Father
was a loving husband to
his wife Krista, a caring father to his two children Hunter and Ethan
and a proud United States Air Force Combat Controller.
was also a bad ass warrior who
struck fear in the hearts of terrorists.
We will miss him forever but we take
solace knowing he gave his life serving his country and fighting for
what he believed was right.".................. Mrs. Harvell.
OF A LION
Home" held their grand reveal
tonight to identify the family that will receive a mortgage free
home built here in Aberdeen. The event tonight included an opening
performance by the
Chorus from Southern Middle School and the Pinecrest High
School Marching Band. The US
Army Golden Knights parachute team completed a performance jump
to help get things
started during the evening.
The Harvell's Receive a NEW HOME
PINES, N.C. - Oct 4th, 2013 A military widow received the
surprise of a lifetime Friday when she learned a charity would be
building her a new home.
called a military appreciation event was really just a front for the
surprise for Krista Harvell, who heard the news during a presentation
at Pinecrest High School.
of onlookers in the stands, Golden Knights veterans parachuted onto the
field and delivered the floor plans for her new house to Harvell, who
was in the crowd with no idea she was about to become the guest of
"I was like -- I thought I might faint," Harvell laughed.
Operation Finally Home is building a house for Harvell and her two young sons on a lot in Aberdeen.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Harvell, was killed in Afghanistan in 2011.
Since then, she moved to California to be closer to his family, but
eventually decided she needed to come back to the Sandhills where she
has family and where they lived when Andrew served at Fort Bragg.
your highs and your lows and you can't sit there and say, 'I'm OK,'
because you're not. You're not going to be OK," Krista said. "There's
not a day that goes by that I don't wish I had my husband there."
County Home Builders Association and the Pinehurst-Southern Pines
Realtors Association worked together to make the surprise a reality. "Her brother lives
here, her grandparents are in Sanford -- she has family here," said
Paula Nash, with the Realtors Association. "So this feels like home to
her, and she would like to move here and we want to welcome her here."
Sledz, with the Home Builders Association, said seven builders have
come together to work on the house. Even more donors have stepped
forward to furnish the home and provide other assistance.
"A lot of
military personnel have discovered what a gem Moore County is," Sledz
said. "So coming over here and welcoming this family is just natural
for all of us."
said she was totally shocked by the surprised, but she was excited to
take a closer look at the blueprints of the home. She said she is
looking forward to returning to an area she loves.
"I really enjoyed California, and it's great, but it's nothing like being here," she said. "And I'm so happy to be coming home."
a jump by four members of the Golden Knights, who landed at midfield
and delivered the blueprints for Harvell's new home, Kirgan, who had
given a speech on how his organization came to be, called the three
"contestants" forward. Sledz and Nash are also married to servicemen,
and he praised military wives for their courage.
the backbone of families," he said. "While they are supporting their
men in battle, they are at home raising the children and building a
strong family unit."
a few words about Krista Harvell's circumstances, Kirgan said he was
"too overcome" and could not continue to tell the other womens' stories.
He then quickly turned to Harvell.
"Here, Krista, are the blueprints for your new home," he said, handing the plans to her.
A tearful Harvell then realized that she had been "set up."
"It has been
difficult since my husband's death, and I couldn't have made it without
my babies and without my friends," she said, her two sons Hunter, 5,
and Ethan, 2, at her side. "I see that a lot of my friends are here in
the audience, and I appreciate you being here.
"This is a new beginning for us, and I thank you all so much."
has family in the area. Her brother, grandparents, and an uncle live in
Moore County, and a sister plans to relocate here.
new home, at 2,500 square feet and valued at about $350,000, will be
built in the Bethesda Farm subdivision. A special ground breaking will
be held Saturday morning.
is completing a master's degree in business administration, said she
had "no idea" that she would be the recipient of a new home. "I thought I was here for an interview to be held Saturday," she said. "This is unbelievable."
High School Marching Band provided musical entertainment for the
evening, and students from Aberdeen PrimarY School recited the pledge
of allegiance. The Pinecrest cheerleaders also performed.
The master of
ceremonies was Lt. Col. Ted Mataxis of Carthage. Sgt. 1st Class Angela
Frost sang the national anthem, and army chaplain Capt. Rudy Stevens
gave the invocation.
Lord, to remember the families of those who serve," he said. Their days
are often fraught with concern for their fighter, and their days are
often long and not much better than their soldier's, their sailor's,
their Marine's, or their airmen's days.
"May they know that this community cares, and that they are finally home."
all volunteer effort to build the home is being spearheaded by the
Moore County Home Builders association and the Pinehurst-Southern Pines
Area Association of Realtors. Donations are still being accepted and
you may contact the Home Builders Association by telephone at
910-944-2992 or visit their office on NC 211 in Aberdeen.
A ground breaking
ceremony is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 918 Devonshire Trail in
Aberdeen at 10:00 AM. The event is open to the public.