Written by Maj. Allen Hill
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) Public Affairs Officer
Fort Campbell, KY – A formation of Blackhawk helicopters and a memorial ceremony to the fallen were some of the highlights of the 2014 Week of Night Stalker Activities (WONSA).
WONSA is a unique opportunity for Soldier, families, civilians and friends of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) to reunite and enjoy fellowship with those who share a common bond.Hundreds of Soldiers, distinguished guest, civilians, and Families of the fallen gathered for a memorial service dedicated to the Night Stalkers who have died during training or combat, most during the last decade in support of sustained combat operations around the world.
“We gather here each year to honor sacrifice,” said Col. John Evans, Jr., commander, 160th SOAR (A). “Today we reflect on the 124 names of our Fallen, let us acknowledge the legacy of their supreme professionalism and let us embrace their incredible Families.”
The annual week-long celebration officially kicked off May 17th with a Memorial Ride by former and current members of the Regiment and their Families to Veterans Memorial Park in Hopkinsville, KY. The ride was followed by a concert and picnic sponsored by the Night Stalker Association (NSA).
This year’s WONSA included the memorial, Families of Fallen Night Stalkers roundtable discussion and social, softball and combatives tournaments, the grand opening of the Night Stalker Remembrance Trail and an awards ceremony and luncheon hosted by the NSA.
WONSA is a reunion and a time to welcome those Families of fallen Night Stalkers and share the memory of their sacrifice. It is an opportunity, for some, to take a short break from the high operational tempo of the unit and participate in activities alongside their Night Stalker brothers and sisters.
“WONSA is a time to bridge the past with the present,” said Sgt. Maj. Mark Brock, regiment operations sergeant major. “It is a time to reconnect with those you don’t get to see that often, to share memories with the Families, and remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice.”