by Rachel Arroyo
Operations Command Public Affairs
- HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Susan Servais gently
pressed her forehead against the portrait of her son. His green eyes
at her and the audience of about 200 that gathered to pay respects to a
and see his portrait unveiled Oct. 19.
man with the
green eyes and kind smile is Senior Airman Adam Servais, an Air Force
Operations Command Combat Controller who was killed in action in
Aug. 19, 2006.
Servais, 23, was
working as a joint terminal attack controller on a special forces team
fell while returning fire against the enemy during an ambush on his
the Uruzgan province. It was his second deployment.
honored his sacrifice by presenting his
mother and father,
Peter and Susan Servais, and his sister, Laura, with a portrait of
Adam, as he has done with numerous families.
Above, Mike Flatten;
Heads in front row; Pete,
Laura, and Sue Servais. Heads in 2nd row; Sally Sheldon and Noel
Davis-Carroll. 3rd row, David and
Doris Maitland. 4th row, Yvette Duchene, Reagan Yellock and her son
JOYII. 5th row, Tom Watson and Dee
Brawley. and Mike
The goal of the
American Fallen Soldiers Project, a nonprofit organization run by
Taylor and his wife Lisa, is to bring comfort and healing
to the families of
fallen warriors by presenting them with a custom painting of their
Taylor paints and presents about 35 portraits a year to families of
"I hope those beautiful green
eyes stare back at you
for many years to come," Taylor told the family as he unveiled the
painting and 'Amazing Grace' sounded on the bagpipes.
Servais, of Onalaska, Wis., was presented during the 2013 Combat
Association Reunion which marked the 60th year of Combat Control as an
Force career field.
Lt. Col. Michael Flatten (pictured left), the
event's guest speaker, was the
director of operations at the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt
Fla., when Servais was assigned there.
He spoke to Servais' spirit and
exemplary work as a Combat Controller.
was the perfect
balance of good-natured, fun and borderline getting in trouble,"
said. "The other side of him was the serious operator - the guy who
how to turn it on when the mission is deadly serious. Where we sent
his deployment is historically one of the most intense locations for
have ever seen. For his first JTAC deployment, we handpicked Adam for
location because he was just that good."
said even as a boy his son loved being in the action,
whether it was camping with his family, playing football, baseball or,
favorite sport, hockey.
"He had this Big Wheel that he
would ride up and down
the driveway," he said. "The faster he'd go, the more he loved
calling after he enlisted in the Air Force in 2002 at 19 and became a
Combat Controller on completion of Advanced
Skills Training in
said she thinks her son would have made a career of Combat Control were
he still alive because he enjoyed his work and being a part
of the special tactics brotherhood so much.
"Many people work their whole
lives and hate their
jobs, but Adam loved what he did," she said. "He loved it to the
limit. He pushed as far as he could go."
his death seven years
ago, the Servais family has
remained in close contact with the community their son loved.
shit, they picked up their belongings in Wisconsin and moved to
Hurlburt Field, Florida to be with Adam's
Peter thanked the American
Fallen Soldiers Project and all
those attendees for honoring the life of his son, adding the AFSOC
stood by them.
"This is a very special day for
Susan, myself and
Laura," he said. "We are so lucky because the military never forgets
us. It helps us through all the difficulties and keeps in touch. This
special and dear to us and will be for the rest of our lives."
Among the crowd honoring
Servais and his family were 15
other family members of fallen special operations forces members and
wounded warriors to include Jack
Fanning and Johnnie
O. Yellock II.
|The Fallen American Soldiers
isn't Phil and Lisa's 1st
Yes, it's Mark
Forester's Portrait Too
KIA September 29, 2010; Operation Enduring
Assigned to the 21st Special
Tactics Squadron, Pope AFB
Died Sept. 29 in Jangalak
Village, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations in Uruzgan
portrait presented to his family at a special event at the University
of Alabama during the grand opening ceremony of the Office of Veteran
and Military Affairs November 16, 2012
American Fallen Soldiers Project was formed to help provide comfort
and healing to the grieving families of our fallen military. Our 501c3
non-profit organization makes available at no cost to the family an
original portrait of their fallen loved one that fully captures their
appearance and personality.
desire to make a
profound and lasting impact through our service to the families, we
work diligently to restore a sense of life and presence of their fallen
hero on canvas in hopes to provide a place where they can spend time
with their loved one when they need them most. Our goal and the heart
of The American Fallen Soldiers Project is to serve, comfort and
encourage the Gold Star families unconditionally and impartially to the
best of our ability. It is this commitment to excellence that defines
our portraits, our staff and our organization.
provide a hand painted
original portrait by artist Phil Taylor of America’s fallen
military to their families. Upon completion, each portrait is
personally presented to the family by the artist during a special
event. Additionally, for other family members who did not receive the
original painting, we can provide canvas reproductions in various
sizes. All original paintings and canvas reproductions are delivered
framed and ready for display. Photo prints are automatically provided
to the family at the portrait presentation and can be reordered at any
time free of charge.
|Note; From Jim Donaldson, That
was Bagpiper Joe Ashcraft,
playing 'Amazing Grace', one of the pipe
tunes usually played at
memorials and funerals. I had a good chat with him after the
presentation ceremony. Joe was dressed to the hilt and walked
and down the asile, bringing tears to all. The portrait
presentation certainly was moving..................... Picture by Hal Dufilho.
|Artist Michael Reagan honors
fallen soldiers by giving portraits to their families. "Our
mission is to honor the American Fallen Heroes for their ultimate
sacrifice during the war against terrorism. The foundation will provide
the resources to produce and distribute to each family a hand-drawn
portrait of their Fallen Hero, created by artist Michael G. Reagan,
free of charge. Each portrait is intended to show our Love and Respect
for these Heroes and their families.” Michael has
Combat Controllers; Adam Servais,
Davis, and Derek
combat veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and a
portrait artist for more than 30 years, Reagan began drawing portraits
of fallen servicemembers a few years ago after receiving a request for
a custom commission from the wife of a Soldier killed in Iraq. Since
that time, he's drawn more than 2,000 portraits free-of-charge for
families who have lost a loved one in either Iraq or Afghanistan.
portraits serve as a lasting memory of the soldiers and their
sacrifice, and as a source of comfort to the many families who have
received Reagan’s work, as evidenced by the many heartfelt
letters on display at www.fallenheroesproject.org.
|McReynolds Crown of Thorns
Scheme, What Jesus Wore.
"And when they had platted a
crown of thorns, they put it upon His head and a reed in His right
they bowed the knee before Him, and mocked Him, saying, Hail, King of
|Crown of Thorns, Mac's
Macimus Poison Beauty.
The thorns on this varity are numerous, sturdy, and sharp.
The flowers on this plant, which signifys the blood of Jesus,
multiple and huge as the wounds left from the thorns. There
numerous varieties of this plant, but only Mac's Macimus Poison Beauty
is truly the most ostentatious diadem and only available from me, free
of charge; email me , click here.
In this instance, I took a cutting from the plant on the
and gave it to Pete and Sue 6 months ago. It has rooted and
flowered and just recently has profusely flowered bringing a bright
spot to their yard. It might not be much, but every time they
those bright red flowers, they smile at the beauty and think of Adam.
Anyway, that's how I see it and this plant will grow huge
the years and supply plenty of cuttings for their family and friends in
memory of Adam.
Whatever I can do, send stories
and pictures of Adam.