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JR Salvacion

Ewa Beach, Hawaii

February 21, 2010

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
27 Army Pfc

1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division

Fort Carson, Colorado

 Killed at Senjaray, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

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From The Hawaii Reporter hawaiireporter.com 03/17/10:

Remembering Heroes of the Pacific Now Buried in Punchbowl

BY DUANE VACHON - Yesterday The National Memorial Cemetery received another hero. PFC JR Salvacion was laid to rest. A young man, a husband, a father, and a patriot in a country that he had adopted but was not yet a citizen of.
PFC Salvacion may not have the medals that we usually associate with heroes but he is a hero n the truest sense of the word. He died so that his son, who will never know his father, will grow up in a country free of terrorists. He died so that the many sons in Afghanistan will have the opportunity to grow up in a country that is free from tyranny and terrorists.
Few of us will do the spectacular deeds of heroism that spread themselves across the pages of our newspapers in big black headlines. But we can all be heroic in the
little things of everyday life. We can do the helpful things, say the kind words, meet our difficulties with courage and high hearts, we can stand up for the right when the cost is high, keep our word even though it means sacrifice, be a giver instead of a destroyer.
Often this quiet, humble heroism is the greatest heroism of all.
Salvacion entered the Army just over a year ago and deployed to Afghanistan as an infantryman in August. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, out of Fort Carson, Colorado.
He was killed on February 21st in Senjaray, Afghanistan, when his Army unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device. His awards include the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and NATO medal.
Some peoples' lives can truly make a difference however long or short their lives on earth. They give the gifts of kindness and of caring. They sow the seeds of friendship and self-worth. Some people's lives are beautiful examples of putting others first, and when they are gone, the lives of those they touched are so much richer, and the love they shared lives on and on.
Our country is grateful for PFC JR Salvacion's, service to our Great Nation and greatly appreciate him for our freedom. PFC JR Salvacion, you are a true American Hero and will not be forgotten.
Stand down Soldier, your mission is complete. Job Well Done. May our Heavenly Father welcome you home to rest.
'Duane A Vachon PhD works at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. He is the author of "Gems From The Antipodes: 12 Collections of Faith-Focusing Insights" now available from AuthorHouse.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble. 
From U.S. Department Defense

Dignified Transfer Pays Tribute to Fallen

By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del., March 12, 2010 – The 757 came to a halt on the runway here, a freezing rain bouncing off of its fuselage.

Army Staff Sgt. Michael David P. Cardenaz and Army Pfc. JR Salvacion, who had been killed in Afghanistan just a few days prior, had returned home.
Their return to U.S. soil would be marked, not with elaborate displays or fanfare, but with a quiet tribute to their service and sacrifice known as a dignified transfer.
The transfer is a solemn movement of the fallen servicemember from the aircraft to a vehicle to the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center here, explained Air Force Capt. Gordon Swain, officer-in-charge of inbound dignified transfers.
A transfer event is conducted for every servicemember who dies while supporting a combat operation, and also is enacted for civilians involved in a mass fatality or for those attached to other federal agencies supporting the war effort.
“It’s a mission bigger than any of us. I tell my airmen every day, ‘You are here to represent the families; you represent the fallen’” Swain said. “We treat everybody with dignity, honor and respect, from the fallen to the families.”
Preparations for a transfer begin shortly after the aircraft lands, with customs officials boarding to inspect and clear the aircraft. An advance team then arrives to inspect the cases containing the fallen and to preposition them onto the transfer device, known as a K-loader, that’s located next to the plane. Each case is draped with a U.S. flag, and it’s the advance team’s job to inspect those flags.
“We make sure the flags look good, that they’re clean, sharp and crisp in appearance,” Swain said. “We do the best we can for the families.”
Before an event begins, the flightline shuts down operations in a radius around the aircraft to avoid any distractions, and usually the only sounds to cut through the silent stretch of tarmac are a generator and distant landing aircraft.
The mortuary staff and the media, if approved by the family to attend, are the first to arrive, followed by family members and friends. A Defense Department policy change last year enabled media coverage with prior approval from the family and authorized the funding of up to three family members to attend. The policy change caused a dramatic increase in the number of families who attend transfer events, said Air Force Col. Robert H. Edmondson, the commander of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center.
So far, more than 1,700 family members have traveled here to attend a dignified transfer. “A tremendous amount of family members want to come,” Edmondson said.
Many find out about their loss just hours before their arrival here, the commander noted, and always are accompanied to the flightline by a family support team.
Once the families are in place, the carry team, clad in battle dress uniform and stark, white gloves, begins the march from the passenger terminal to the aircraft. Each service branch has its own carry team, Swain said. While the Air Force’s carry team is stationed here, the teams from other services fly or drive in when called for their respective dignified transfers.
The official party follows closely behind the carry team and includes a dignified transfer host officer, a senior officer representing the fallen member’s service, and a chaplain. For Cardenaz and Salvacion’s transfer, the senior officer was an Army brigadier general.
After they board the aircraft, the chaplain offers a quiet prayer, heard only by those gathered around him. The carry team steps forward to move each case to the edge of the K-loader. The cases are lowered, and the team carries each one to a waiting vehicle in slow and measured movements.
It’s a deceptively simple movement, but an extensive amount of training is involved. The Air Force carry team, for instance, spends four to eight hours each day training for every possible scenario, Swain said.
“We train on flag placement and also work on the configurations needed for different aircraft,” he said.
The team must be prepared to serve at any time of day and through any weather condition.
“It takes mental and physical discipline out there to withstand the different elements – the cold and the heat - it can get very uncomfortable,” said Air Force Senior Airman Joseph Hotton, a member of the Air Force carry team. “But you have to maintain your bearing and, no matter how many movements, remember you are there to honor a servicemember who has died, and also the families.”
After the fallen are loaded, an airman shuts the doors while the military members in attendance give a slow, respect-filled salute. The vehicle pulls away, en route to the mortuary, with the carry team and official party marching in step behind.
While some nights are quiet, at Cardenaz and Salvacion’s transfer, a family member cries out in anguish, overwhelmed by the loss. Some family members board the bus and others stay to watch the vehicle carrying their loved one until it disappears into the distance.
Swain has attended dozens of dignified transfers. The solemn dignity of the event, he said, never fails to impress him.
“I’m the first officer that gets to see these fallen servicemembers back on U.S. soil,” Swain said. “And this is the first time their families get to see them back home. To me, that’s very significant, and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Honolulu Advertiser honoluluadvertiser.com 03/14/10:

Flags to lower for Salvacion

Advertiser Staff

Gov. Linda Lingle has ordered all flags at state and county buildings to fly at half-staff on Tuesday to honor an 'Aiea soldier who was killed in Afghanistan Feb. 21.

Pfc. JR Salvacion, 27, was killed in Senjaray, Afghanistan, when his Army unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device. Salvacion was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, out of Fort Carson, Colo.

He was born in the Philippines and joined the Army just over a year ago. He was deployed to Afghanistan as an infantryman in August.

Lingle said in a proclamation that Salvacion "leaves a legacy of great honor and will be fondly remembered by those whose lives he touched."

Salvacion is survived by his wife, Joy; son, Zildjian Jade; father, Angelito; mother, Milagros Robiniol; brother, Sammy; and sister, Richelle Ann Robiniol.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Nu'uanu Memorial Park & Mortuary; prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will be held again from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony Church in Kalihi; Mass at 10 a.m.; burial to follow at 1 p.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
Ewa Beach soldier killed by explosive

By William Cole
Honolulu Advertiser

An Ewa Beach man and father of a young child was killed in Senjaray, Afghanistan, on Sunday when his Army unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device.

Pfc. JR Salvacion, 27, was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, out of Fort Carson, Colo., the Pentagon said yesterday.

Salvacion entered the Army just over a year ago and deployed to Afghanistan as an infantryman in August, according to Fort Carson.

“R.I.P. Salvacion, J.R., I miss you brother, and I hope you are doing good in heaven,” said a fellow soldier in a Web site memorial. “Send your angels to your 9-month baby and take care of your wife while in heaven.”

Salvacion’s American flag-draped casket arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Monday for return to his family.

His awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and NATO medal.

Senjaray, where Salvacion was killed, is a Taliban stronghold west of Kandahar.

Three other soldiers from Salvacion’s battalion were killed on Feb. 13 in Zhari province when a motorcyclist detonated a bomb when the soldiers were on a foot patrol. Several others were injured.

As of yesterday, the Pentagon said 713 U.S. service members have been killed in action in and around Afghanistan, 203 have died from non-hostile causes, and 5,063 have been wounded in action.
Army PFC Salvacion was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado as an infantryman. He was on foot patrol when his unit was attacked by insurgents with an improvised explosive device. When JR was born, he was given the initials of the Philippines national hero, Jose Rizal. He later moved to Hawaii and decided to join the Army on February 4, 2009. After enlisting, JR would call his friends to tell them what he had done – he was proud to be a member of the U.S. Army. He was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and NATO Medal. JR was a gifted guitar player, loved to go to the beach and just have a good time. During his memorial service at Nu'uanu Memorial Park and Mortuary, more than 400 people showed up to pay their respects. During the memorial, JR's wife Joy, while holding their young son, was presented with a certificate of citizenship – JR had become an American citizen. 
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
HI – Pfc. JR Salvacion

GOVERNOR LINGLE ORDERS U.S. AND STATE FLAGS TO FLY AT HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF PFC JR SALVACION 

For Immediate Release: March 12, 2010 

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle has ordered the United States and Hawai‘i State flags to fly at half-staff at state, county and federal buildings throughout Hawai‘i on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, from sunrise to sunset, in honor of Pfc. JR Salvacion who died while serving our nation. 

A mass followed by burial at the National Cemetery of the Pacific will be held on Tuesday. The Governor’s proclamation encourages residents to display the U.S. and Hawai‘i state flags at half-staff at their homes and businesses on Tuesday in honor of Pfc. Salvacion. 

Pfc. Salvacion of ‘Ewa Beach was killed in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan on Feb. 21. He was assigned to the 1 st Battalion 12 th Infantry Regiment, 4 th Brigade Combat Team, 4 th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colorado. 

The Army Specialist Joseph P. Micks Federal Flag Code Amendment Act of 2007 ( H.R. 692) authorizes the governor of a state to order the U.S. flag to be flown at half staff following the death of a member of the Armed Forces who dies while serving on active duty. Based on this law, which was approved by the U.S. Congress and the President in June 2007, Governor Lingle, in consultation with State Adjutant General Major General Robert Lee, established a state policy of lowering the national flag to honor an Armed Forces service member killed in action whose “home of record” is Hawai‘i. 

Read the Governor’s proclamation to lower the U.S. and Hawai‘i flags. 

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