David Wieger a fallen hero

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  • By Airman 1st Class Jonathon D. A. Carnell
  • 60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The Air Force Office of Special Investigations Detachment 303 held a building dedication ceremony November 1, in honor of fallen Special Agent David Wieger.


Wieger was a technical services agent at AFOSI Det. 303, Travis Air Force Base, California, from September 2004 until his death November 1, 2007. Wieger was killed in Baghdad when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. The dedication ceremony marks the 10th anniversary of Wieger’s death.


“Ten years ago today, David Wieger and his brother-in-arms, Thomas Crowell and Nathan Schudheiss made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Chief Master Sgt. Karen Beirne’Flint, U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Investigations, Collections and Operations NEXUS. “Their selflessness and dedication to our way of life assured a huge estimate of their integrity and their commitment.”


This building dedication will forever hold the meaning of which Wieger has presented and given to his nation.


“David had a passion for the Air Force, the AFOSI mission, people he worked with and his family, he is missed every single day,” said Beirne’Flint. “In naming this building after David, all who work and will work here and that enter through this door will know the highest standard he set and the sacrifices he has made.”


Family and service members gathered at Detachment 303 to reminisce and honor special agent David Wieger.


“Ten years ago today, we received the worst news our family could possibly receive,” said Michael Wieger Jr. brother of David Wieger. “Dave was killed in action, that night, we had a great number of family and friends visiting the house and calling us to show their support. When we received the news about the building being named in David’s honor, we could not believe it. I can see him now looking down and smiling with that great big smile of his.”


The Wieger family receives a call from Gen. Simmons every year on November 1. Not only has Simmons properly maintained the pledge, “Dave will never be forgotten,” but Simmons has also invited the Wieger family to attend different annual events to demonstrate how Dave will not be forgotten, said Michael.


“Every year we are invited to and proudly attend the annual memorial service for all the OSI fallen heroes at the headquarters,” said Michael.


A road at Travis AFB Wieger Way and a local soccer field have been named after him. Participants also are involved in runs and rucks in remembrance of Dave.


At 10:55 a.m., the banner was released to show the new building name.


“I thank all the people who are here today,” said Mrs. Wieger, David Wieger’s mother. “David was very humble and kind. If he knew who all was here today and why, he would want everyone to know how thankful he is.”