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MSG runs in remembrance of Commander Wolfe

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Family, friends and members from the 30th Mission Support Group here ran in honor of Navy Cmdr. Duane G. Wolfe at the base track Nov. 9. The 30th MSG held a memorial ceremony as a tribute to Commander Wolfe. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Family, friends and members from the 30th Mission Support Group here ran in honor of Navy Cmdr. Duane G. Wolfe at the base track Nov. 9. The 30th MSG held a memorial ceremony as a tribute to Commander Wolfe. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Approximately 40 members from the 30th Mission Support Group here gathered at the base track for a memorial event in remembrance of Navy Cmdr. Duane G. Wolfe Nov. 9.

In conjunction with Vandenberg's A Run to Remember, an event dedicated to fallen servicemembers, the 30th MSG ran a mile as a group in tribute to Commander Wolfe. After the one-mile run, members from the 30th MSG would periodically continue to run throughout the day for Commander Wolfe.

"I think A Run to Remember is a great event," said 1st Lt. Ashley Phelps, the 30th Force Support Squadron chief of military personnel. "It really makes you step back and think about what is important and the sacrifices that so many have made. The impact was very close to home; and even though I didn't know Commander Wolfe well, I wanted to support my colleagues that did and show my respect for the sacrifice that he made."

Before the one-mile run began, Col. Richard Wright, the 30th MSG commander, spoke to a large gathering of Commander Wolfe's family, friends and coworkers about the impact Commander Wolfe had on Vandenberg during a memorial ceremony in his honor.

Commander Wolfe, a husband and father of three, was killed by a roadside bomb outside of Fallujah, Iraq, May 25. Commander Wolfe, a Naval Reservist, worked at Vandenberg as the civilian deputy commander for the 30th MSG.

The Navy commander was held in high regards among the servicemembers he had served with in Iraq.

"Commander Wolfe represented the very best of our American military forces," said Maj. Gen. Michael R. Eyre, the Gulf Region Division's commanding general. "He was a Navy Reserve officer who loved his country, and he knew that the work he and his team at the Al-Anbar area office were accomplishing was making a difference for the citizens of Iraq. His death is a tremendous loss not only for us, but also for the people he was so determined to assist."

Even the members of the 30th MSG who knew little of Commander Wolfe felt his presence during the memorial run.

"I only met Commander Wolfe on a couple of occasions," Lieutenant Phelps said. "I don't really know him, but from that impact he left on the group, I can tell that he must have been a great man!"