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Theodore B Rushing

Longwood, Florida

November 11, 2011

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
25 Army Pfc

3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment; 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light)

Fort Drum, New York

 Killed in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

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Pfc. Theodore B. Rushing, 25, of Longwood, Fla. died Nov. 11, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment; 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, N.Y. Teddy is survived by his loving parents, Rick and Ann Rushing of DeBary; sister, Stacy Rushing of DeBary; maternal grandmother, Marcheta Holloway of Fern Park; maternal grandfather, William Strohaker of Altamonte Springs; aunt, Kathy Coon and her husband Stewart of Winter Park; Uncle, Dan Rushing and his wife Mona of Ocoee; aunt, Ginger Cantanese and her husband Vince of Apopka; Uncle, David Rushing and his wife Jan of Winter Garden, and several beloved cousins, extended family, and friends. 
Honoring The Life And Service Of Pfc Theodore B. Rushing

By Rep. John L. Mica

Mr. Speaker, on Friday, November 11, 2011 a central Florida Soldier, PFC Theodore B. Rushing, lost his life in service to our nation from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an I.E.D. in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan while assigned to 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment; 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. PFC Rushing joined the U.S. Army in March of this year. Upon completion of his training at Ft. Benning, Georgia, PFC Rushing reported to Fort Drum, New York. In August he deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.PFC Rushing's impressive list of awards and decorations include the Purple Heart; Army Achievement Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; NATO Medal; National Defense Service Medal; the Combat Action Badge; and a Bronze Star awarded posthumously.PFC Rushing was a former student at Altamonte Christian School in Altamonte Springs where he had a reputation of being fearless, an attribute that he carried into battle. Upon completion of high school, PFC Rushing attended Seminole State College where he earned his associates degree. PFC Rushing had planned on following in his father's footsteps as a police officer once he had completed his military service.We shall never forget the ultimate sacrifice PFC Rushing has given for his country. His actions will serve as an everlasting reminder of the dedication and sacrifice the members of our nation's Armed Services make every day.To his family, we extend our very deepest sympathy and condolences. PFC Rushing is survived by his father George, mother Ann, sister Stacy and grandparents Marcheta and William.For his service and sacrifice, I ask all Members to join me in honoring his life and commitment to our nation.
From NBC WESH Orlando wesh.com 11/18/11:

Fallen Soldier's Remains Return To Fla.
Funeral Set For Next Wednesday


UPDATED 1:33 PM EST Nov 18, 2011

The Department of Defense said 25-year-old Army Pfc. Theodore B. Rushing died on Veterans Day in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

He suffered fatal wounds when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Rushing was going to follow his father's footsteps and become a police officer, but once he joined the army, he told his dad that he'd found a new career.

"He liked the fact that he was able to give back to his country that had given so much back to him. He liked the fact that he was a Calvary scout, out front paving the way for everybody else," said Rushing's father, Rick Rushing, on Friday.

Members of the Orlando Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff's Office escorted Rushing's remains to the funeral home.

"I'm so proud that I had a son as fine as him," Rushing said.

The funeral is scheduled for next Wednesday. A viewing is set for Saturday at the Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home on Lake Ivanhoe.

Rushing was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment; 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light), in Fort Drum, N.Y.
Fraternal Order of Police Orlando Lodge 25 and CNLBank
Establish Trust Fund Account for Pfc. Theodore B. Rushing 

The Fraternal Order of Police Orlando Lodge 25 (FOP), representing over 700 Orlando Police Officers, collectively
mourn the loss of fellow Orlando Police Officer George “Rick” Rushing’s son, Army Pfc. Theodore B. Rushing, who was 
killed in combat on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2011, while participating in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Pfc. Theodore B. Rushing was a cavalry scout, assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment; 3rd Brigade
Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, N.Y.

Those interested in making a donation towards the Rushing Family to offset the financial burden during this most
difficult time may do so at any CNL Bank location in Central Florida; account #3060332, or send a check or money order
payable to the Fraternal Order of Police Orlando Lodge 25 c/o The Rushing Family, PO BOX 2469, Orlando, FL 32801-2469.
From The U.S. Army

Fort Drum honors three fallen Soldiers of 3rd Brigade Combat Team
By Mr Paul Steven Ghiringhelli (Drum) - February 2, 2012

FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Families, friends and fellow comrades of three fallen Soldiers attended a Mountain Remembrance ceremony Thursday at the Main Post Chapel to honor the memories of their warriors recently killed in Afghanistan.

The three 3rd Brigade Combat Team Soldiers killed were Staff Sgt. Ari R. Cullers, a mechanic with 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion; and Pfc. Theodore B. Rushing and Pfc. Jackie L. Diener II, both scouts with 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment.

"We come together as a military community, as an organization, and as a large Family to remember Ari, Theodore and Jackie," said Col. Dennis Sullivan, 2nd Brigade Combat Team commander. "They paid the ultimate sacrifice in giving their lives in the service to our nation.

"It takes a courageous and patriotic individual to volunteer to serve our nation in our armed forces -- particularly in a time of war," he added. "These young men were clearly both courageous and patriotic."

After the invocation, three Soldiers took turns paying tribute to each of their comrades.

"Staff Sgt. Cullers was the kind of person … if you put your life in his hands, he would take care of you," said Sgt. Shammel Williams, 3rd BSTB. "(He) was very passionate about the Army and the lives entrusted to him.

"I can honestly say that I've never met anyone like Staff Sgt. Cullers," Williams said.

Spc. Sean Niemi, 3-71 Cavalry, called Rushing a dedicated and motivated young Soldier who, from the moment he was assigned to the unit last year, was eager to put his training to use.

"In his short time with 3-71 Cavalry (Regiment), Pfc. Rushing left an indelible impression on all of us who had the privilege of getting to know him," Niemi recalled. "His sense of duty was rock solid. His pride and determination were second to none."

Staff Sgt. Douglas Graham, 3-71 Cavalry, paid the last tribute in honor of Diener.

Graham said the young private arrived in July and grew excited when he was told he would deploy to Afghanistan in September.

"My time spent with Pfc. Diener was brief," Graham said. "I had the privilege of serving with him and getting to know him for only two short months.

"I'd like to express my deepest sympathy and gratitude to the Diener Family," he said. "Thank you for sharing him with us and know that Pfc. Jackie Diener will be missed dearly."

After recognizing Gold Star Families in attendance, some of whom had traveled long distances to honor and remember their fallen warrior, the ceremony's keynote speaker praised the noble service of the three Soldiers.

"Some can only serve themselves," Sullivan said. "Some serve their family. And others -- men and women like Staff Sgt. Cullers, Pfc. Rushing and Pfc. Diener -- serve the nation selflessly."

Sullivan pointed out that Soldiers who decide to serve don't get to choose where, when or why they go.

He said wearing the "U.S. Army" tape over their hearts means they are actively willing to pay any price for the country they love.

"Our Army is built to fight and win our nation's wars," he said. "We go where we are told, for we have chosen to serve. Our fallen brothers chose to serve and they paid the ultimate sacrifice -- a sacrifice that all who serve must be prepared to pay."

The colonel noted that while Cullers had been in the Army for seven years and was on his second deployment to Afghanistan with the Spartans, Rushing and Diener were fresh out of training. He said they joined the Army last March, arrived at Fort Drum in July, and deployed by September.

In the end, the Spartan Brigade was extremely fortunate to have had the three men in their ranks, Sullivan said.

"I can guarantee you that their units in Afghanistan have mourned their loss and are using their service as an inspiration," he said. "Their units are stronger today, and their fallen brothers have inspired them to fight all the harder, be all the sharper, and all the more committed to their cause.

"For these professional warriors overseas, they now have three more personal reasons to ensure they succeed."

Sullivan concluded his remarks by telling audience members that the Army community both mourns and celebrates the lives of Cullers, Rushing and Diener.

"We will not forget them," he said. "They have now taken their place joining those ranks, taking their posts, guarding our gates, inspiring future generations, and reminding us what we all know, but perhaps do not think often enough about, that freedom is not free, and its fee is paid in blood and tears and with scars that may not be seen, but run deep and do not fade with time."

The ceremony ended with the playing of taps, a moment of silence and the benediction.

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