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114th Transportation Company honors Spc. Cauley with memorial run

FOB LEATHERNECK - Over 400 Service members, contractors and civilians participated in a 403 mile run at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Leatherneck May 1  They were running in memory of Spc George W Cauley, who died October 10, 2009 at Bagram, Afghanistan of injuries sustained from an Improvised Explosive Device attack

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"The run was organized with the intent to ensure Cauley's sacrifice is not forgotten," said Cpt Jeffrey Nilsen, the 114th Transportation Company Commander  

This event was coordinated by Staff Sgt Heidi Savre, Sgt Jeremiah Miller, and Spc Kara Behr, all Soldiers from 114th Transportation Company   "The entire company was involved in making the run happen, but the initial concept and plan came from Staff Sgt Savre, Sgt Miller and Spc Behr," Nilsen said  "To coordinate the run took a lot of work"

The distance of the run commemorated Cauley's truck, which was number W403

Staff Sgt Jason Attleson and Sgt Chad Emanuel of the 114th Transportation Company crossed the finish line in just under 30 minutes But the run wasn't a competition It was instead a time of reflection and remembrance for Cauley   

The day also marked the opening of the new USO on FOB Leatherneck, which was dedicated to Cauley and named "Cauley's Corner"  Nilsen said the long term goal is to make the run an annual event and potentially start a scholarship or something similar in Cauley's name 

By 1st Lt Charles Stephenson and Master Sgt Rich Kemp
1 May, 2010





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