Deltona names street after Fallen OSI Hero

The memory of Master Sgt. Tara J. Brown, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, lives on in Deltona, Fla., following the naming of a street in her honor there April 18. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The memory of Master Sgt. Tara J. Brown, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, lives on in Deltona, Fla., following the naming of a street in her honor there April 18. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DELTONA, Fla. -- The City of Deltona has named a street in honor of an Air Force airman who was killed in a terrorist attack in Afghanistan in April 2011.

Master Sgt. Tara J. Brown of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and three computer-systems personnel were working on a project to build a national level communications network in the Air Command and Control Center at Kabul International Airport when a single gunman opened fire, killing Brown, seven active-duty Air Force officers and one Air Force civilian contract employee.

Brown, a 1995 Deltona High School graduate, was honored during a ceremony April 18.  Several hundred turned out for the event as the street sign baring Tara's name was unveiled by family and community leaders. 

Deltona Mayor John C. Masiarczyk spearheaded the local street naming to honor the fallen airman's memory.  Deltona High Chorus and ROTC units paid tribute to the late graduate and to her sacrifice to our Nation.

Brown, 33, was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Combat Action Medal and the NATO Article Five Medal.

Members of AFOSI headquarters will honor Brown's memory April 27 with their Third Annual Hero Remembrance Run on the grounds of the Russell-Knox Building, Quantico, Va.

(Editor's Note: AFOSI Public Affairs contributed to this story.)