By Staff Sgt. J. Aaron Breeden
21st Space Wing Public Affairs
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Capt. David Lyon, 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron director of operations, who was killed in action while deployed to Afghanistan, was laid to rest at the U.S. Air Force Academy cemetery Jan 8, surrounded by his family and friends.
The Air Force Academy graduate was killed two days after Christmas while conducting a mission outside of his encampment, when his convoy was struck by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. For his service, Lyon was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal and Air Force Combat Action Medal.
During the funeral service, Scott Irving, Lyon’s former Academy throwing coach and friend, spoke at length of Lyon’s indomitable spirit, which was admired by all who new him.
“David was and always will be one in a million,” said Irving. “He so believed in the cause. He was resolved about the mission and knew that they were making a difference in Afghanistan.”
“(David) was not, however, naïve,” Irving added. “He knew they were small steps, but they were for the most part positive — in the right direction for the Afghan people. David knew exactly why he was there and accepted the risk without hesitation or fear.”
Crowded with more than 700 of Lyon’s family, friends and loved ones, the room was filled with the sound of bag pipes playing “Amazing Grace” as Lyon was escorted into the sanctuary by the High Frontier Honor Guard through a sword cordon of Airmen and cadets.
Lt. Col. Jim Lovewell, Lyon’s former squadron commander, also spoke of the lasting impression the young officer had left on him.
“(David) was a consistent man of character,” said Lovewell. “His life reflected his priorities in faith, family and friends.”
“He was a humble servant leader who put others first,” said Lovewell “He sacrificed for others and respected those who sacrificed.”
The service that day concluded with roll call, seeking accountability for Capt. David I. Lyon. Although mournful, the congregation found solace in knowing that Lyon was finally home.
“David, you finished the race God placed before you. And you did it with such magnificence and grace throughout your entire life,” said Irving. “You are my friend. You are my hero. You will never be forgotten.”