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Members of the Hoosier Wing line the road and render a salute as the procession transporting the remains of U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez of Logansport, Indiana, passes by Sept. 12, 2021 at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana. Sanchez was one of 13 U.S. service members killed Aug. 26, 2021, as the result of an enemy attack while supporting evacuation efforts for Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Kabul, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Massey)

Members of the Hoosier Wing line the road and render a salute as the procession transporting the remains of U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez of Logansport, Indiana, passes by Sept. 12, 2021 at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana. Sanchez was one of 13 U.S. service members killed Aug. 26, 2021, as the result of an enemy attack while supporting evacuation efforts for Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Kabul, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Massey)

The family of Cpl. Humberto Sanchez makes the difficult walk to the aircraft containing his body after it landed at Grissom Sept. 12, 2021.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Benjamin Mota)

The family of Cpl. Humberto Sanchez makes the difficult walk to the aircraft containing his body after it landed at Grissom Sept. 12, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Benjamin Mota)

Marines from Detachment 1, Communications Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 45, 4th Marine Logistics Group, carry the casket of U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez of Logansport, Indiana, Sept. 12, 2021 at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana. Sanchez was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Benjamin Mota)

Marines from Detachment 1, Communications Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 45, 4th Marine Logistics Group, carry the casket of U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez of Logansport, Indiana, Sept. 12, 2021 at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana. Sanchez was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Benjamin Mota)

Marines from Detachment 1, Communications Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 45, 4th Marine Logistics Group, carry the casket of U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez of Logansport, Indiana, Sept. 12, 2021 at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana. Sanchez was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Benjamin Mota)

Marines from Detachment 1, Communications Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 45, 4th Marine Logistics Group, transfer the remains of U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez of Logansport, Indiana, Sept. 12, 2021 at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana. Sanchez was one of 13 U.S. service members killed Aug. 26, 2021, as the result of an enemy attack while supporting evacuation efforts for Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Kabul, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Benjamin Mota)

Members of the Hoosier Wing line the road and render a salute as the hearse transporting the remains of U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez of Logansport, Indiana, passes by Sept. 12, 2021 at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana. Sanchez was one of 13 U.S. service members killed Aug. 26, 2021, as the result of an enemy attack while supporting evacuation efforts for Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Kabul, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Blocker)

Members of the Hoosier Wing line the road and render a salute as the hearse transporting the remains of U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez of Logansport, Indiana, passes by Sept. 12, 2021 at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana. Sanchez was one of 13 U.S. service members killed Aug. 26, 2021, as the result of an enemy attack while supporting evacuation efforts for Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Kabul, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Blocker)

Members of the Hoosier Wing line the road and render a salute as the hearse transporting the remains of U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez of Logansport, Indiana, passes by Sept. 12, 2021 at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana. Sanchez was one of 13 U.S. service members killed Aug. 26, 2021, as the result of an enemy attack while supporting evacuation efforts for Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Kabul, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Blocker)

Members of the Hoosier Wing line the road and render a salute as the procession transporting the remains of U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez of Logansport, Indiana, passes by Sept. 12, 2021 at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana. Sanchez was one of 13 U.S. service members killed Aug. 26, 2021, as the result of an enemy attack while supporting evacuation efforts for Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Kabul, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Massey)

GRISSOM AIR RESEVE BASE, Ind. -- The sound of freedom may be jet noise, but the cost of freedom rings silent.

Silence blanketed Grissom today as the body of Marine Cpl. Humberto Sanchez was flown into Grissom for a dignified transfer to an awaiting hearse to carry him home to Logansport, Indiana.

“It’s a somber experience,” Tech. Sgt. Josh Weaver, NCOIC of public affairs. “We wanted to put the family first, and pay our respects to the sacrifice that Corporal Sanchez made.”

Airmen, Soldiers, and Marines lined the procession route inside the base, saluting and paying their respect as Sanchez, his family and escorts departed.

“This reminds me of the sacrifice any of us could be called upon to make,” said Senior Master Sgt. Zach Chapin, 434th Air Refueling Wing superintendent of inspections.

Hours before he arrived at the base, citizens from around the state lined the roadways, waving flags, saluting, and weeping.

A public memorial is planned from 1-7 p.m. Sept. 13 at LifeGate Church, 831 Burlington Ave., in Logansport.

Public Affairs Staff

Material contained on the Official Grissom Air Reserve Base Internet Web Site is written and produced by members of the 434th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs Office. The award-winning staff includes:



Douglas Hays
Chief, public affairs

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Public affairs officer

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Public affairs operations chief

Tech. Sgt. Josh Weaver
NCOIC of public affairs

Master Sgt. Rachel Barton
Staff writer

Tech. Sgt. Jami Lancette
Staff writer

Tech. Sgt. Courtney Dotson-Essett
Staff writer

Staff Sgt. Chris Massey
Staff writer

Staff Sgt. Michael Hunsaker
Staff writer

Staff Sgt. Alexa Culbert
Staff writer

Staff Sgt. Jeremy Blocker
Staff writer

Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko

Staff writer