Operation Vet NOW Honors Fallen Defenders in 2023-2024 Snocross Season

Operation Vet NOW (OVN) is an organization with a program that seeks out fallen veteran heroes to honor in a way similar to NASCAR. They partner with pro athletes and sports teams and series to honor service members killed in the line of duty. In past seasons they have honor EOD, PJ's, CCTs and more. They reach out to the representative associations and foundations of the career field groups.

Here are a couple links to highlight reels from previous seasons they shared:

Air Force Pararescue https://youtu.be/f4LunABWEE4?si=YGmLFGnAown1SYRq

Air Force EOD warriors. https://youtu.be/Tc-scQ-9dvM?si=LprZBU4wswKl-Sxz

OVN contacted AFSFA as the association for USAF Defenders and expressed an interest to honor eight Security Forces members KIA during the Scheuring Speed Sports Snocross Team season from Dec 2023 - Apr 2024. In the series Pro Racers will carry the name of a fallen SF member on their snowmobiles, and we share the names and stories with our community and race attendees.

The first event was in Ironwood Michigan 15-16 December. The team has names on snowmobiles of the heroes they honor. Here is the link to the initial page, https://opvetnow.org/af-security-forces  They honored A2C Roy Hursey this weekend in Michigan, basically the page content increases as the season goes on.

SSgt Terance Jensen was honored in Shakopee, MN 12-13 January 2024 and Sgt Ira Lord was honored 26-27 January 2024 in Deadwood, SD.

Graphics will be posted 5-days before each event on their social media page and website where they will have a web page dedicated to our heroes, with photos and stories.  The heroes' names and photos will also be shown on the jumbotron and televisions at the event, and on live streams of the races.

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/operationvetnow

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/operationvetnow

Tribute dates & locations:

15-16 Dec - Ironwood, MI

12-13 Jan - Minneapolis, MN

26-27 Jan - Deadwood, SD

16-17 Feb - Salamanca, NY

1-2 Mar - Sioux Falls, SD

15-16 Mar - Lake Geneva, WI

22-23 Mar - Elk River, MN

5-7 Apr - Duluth, MN

 

USAF Defenders to be honored at the following five events include:

TSgt Robert B. Butler

TSgt Thomas L. Campbell

Sgt Robert S. Gray

A1C Elizabeth N. Jacobson

Capt Reginald V. Maisey

 

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