Senior Airman Adam Servais, an Onalaska native and a member of Air Force Special Operations, was killed Saturday, August 19th, 2006 in Afghanistan, family members said.

Servais, 23, died along with two Afghan soldiers in the southern Uruzgan province during a fight with more than 100 insurgents, according to a NATO statement. He joined the Air Force in 2002 and was a combat controller in its elite special operations command.

Servais was assigned to the Air Force's 16th Operations Group located at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The group is the Air Force's largest special operations unit, "with 7,000 highly trained military professionals who stand ready to conduct special operations missions at a moment's notice," according to a Hurlburt Field fact sheet.

The group conducts unconventional warfare, counterinsurgency and psychological operations, the fact sheet states.

The troops in Uruzgan are part of a U.S. team training the fledgling Afghan National Army. About 22,000 U.S. troops are in Afghanistan, along with 20,000 NATO-led troops.

Servais' father, Peter Servais, said of his son in a written statement: "He was proud of what he accomplished in the Air Force and proud of what he was doing. He enjoyed the team that he trained with, and he didn't need recognition, he didn't want to be a big deal."

The airman's mother, Susan Servais, said her son was well aware of the risks of his job "and he was very solid about that. That's something we have to respect despite how sad we are for his loss. We loved our son more than life."

Servais' parents declined to be interviewed.

The 2001 graduate of Onalaska High School was remembered as a standout athlete who excelled at hockey and football, and also as a well-liked classmate.

Tim Franzini, who coached Servais in hockey, said Servais had a strong work ethic and was an exemplary defensive hockey player.

"He was solid and tough," Franzini said. "Not a big goal scorer, but someone you wish you had three or four of those kids every year." Franzini said he was surprised to hear of Servais' death in Afghanistan because the last time he saw him, which was more than a year ago, Servais had not yet been sent overseas.

"I didn't think he'd ever get to that situation," Franzini said.

"He's the type of kid you'd want in the service protecting us," Franzini said. "He cared, he was committed, he was dedicated."

Franzini's son Ryan, who played several years on the Onalaska hockey team with Servais, said Servais was "well-liked by everybody" and had a good sense of humor, "almost a class-clown type of guy" in the locker room.

Ryan Franzini also said Servais' death was a shock.

"He's the last person you'd expect this to happen to."

An aunt, Maggie Tracey of Genoa, Nev., told the Associated Press that Servais enjoyed seeing how much he could accomplish in the military and was always pushing himself to do more.

"He always achieved everything he wanted to achieve and put his heart into everything he did," she told the AP.

Mission; we try to drink as many Car Bombs as humanly possible.  Lots and lots of them.
  But we make it a point to get all the guys together when somebody passes away to do a toast.

Mission; we try to drink as many Car Bombs as humanly possible.  Lots and lots of them.  But we make it a point to get all the guys together when somebody passes away to do a toast.    And the ingredients are…

 ½ Pint of Guiness  (The pint glass will be half full, leaving room to drop the shot into it)

Shot glass with ½ Jameson and ½ Baileys.

Then you take the shot glass and drop it into the ½ pint of Guiness and down it really quick before it starts to curdle.  It tastes horrible when it curdles, but tastes really good when it’s drank in one shot.  

For our 1st try at Car Bombs, I hope we did Adam justice.  We tried them a few times, just to make sure we were doing it right.  Are you supposed to wear them down the front of your shirt, or store them in your mustache?   We had a good time Friday and dedicated the day to Adam.  Special thanks to Roger James for his thoughtfulness and "Special Brats."

I also want to thank Jeff Clemens, a teammate of Adam's for the poster above and the recipe for Irish Car Bombs.  Adam, we love you brother, R.I.P........................

The heavens were supposed to give us strong Thunderstorms and Large Hail, however, the sun was out throughout the Open House and the heavens were good to us.  I think the guys were smiling down on us............. There is a power above!

Special Thanks to The Friends of SgtMacsBar for making this and much more a reality, "Bringing Us All A Little Bit Closer!"

Who in the heck is Roger James?
He was one of the first to tell me about Adam Servais, CCTer KIA Afghanistan  Roger was in Montana, when this happened, but he lives only 20 miles from Adam's hometown and he opened up his house to all CCTers, even though he wasn't around.  That is what Camaraderie is all about and you'd think that was plenty, but NO.... I get the following from Roger;
I visited Mr. & Mrs. Servais today.  I stopped in to give them a CCT license plate.  I had ordered one some time back and it was on backorder and then came a short time before I left for Montana.  I hadn't even sent a thank you, but now I can do so this way.  Thank You, the license plate was given to Peter & Sue today and I explained that we all understood if they choose not to put it on a car.  They shared with me the stuff they got from the unit.  They are extremely appreciative of the calls from the Mothers, the teammates that attended the service and the outpouring of support from the CCT community and the American public in general.  I started to explain about the CCA reunion and the lunch, Sue showed me the letter from Larry Lower and the CCA inviting them to the reunion.  They said they do intend on being there.

I mentioned to them that from my perspective I can easily see where Adam got his values.  I've noticed the quiet dignity they have displayed during the turmoil and their grief.  During my visit Sue again displayed that dignity.  She was talking about the shock "of it all" and how they wish that it hadn't been Adam, and immediately she said that she wouldn't wish the grief on anyone else.  I took her to mean that as hard as the whole process is, she can't or couldn't wish that someone else had to feel the pain so they could escape it.  EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE!!!!!!

They gave me a program since I couldn't make it back from Montana.  I shared with them my own attempt at verbalizing the camaraderie of CCT.  I believe that the camaraderie is a flower that blooms from the promise we share.  I told them that while I have no "official" standing in the CCT community, they should feel free to enter our "family" and share what we have (they certainly understand the concept of family, the Servais name is well known in this area, and their support from their "real" family is enviable).

They are being well taken care of, and the USAF and the active
CCT has performed in an outstanding manner!!!!!   Roger