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Memorial to Air Advisers Under Construction at Joint Base

Air Force Memorial EP HenryFrom the top of the new World Trade Center, a group of Air Force men transported nine engraved bricks to the joint base last weekend. They will be placed in a new memorial being built here.

The memorial will honor nine NATO air advisers killed by a member of the Afghan military April 27, 2011, during a meeting in Kabul. The advisers had trained at the joint base in a new program the Air Force has incorporated into the Air Adviser Academy here.

Col. J. Olaf Holm, commandant of the academy, designed the monument when he was assigned to the joint base in August. Holm knew the people the memorial honors.

It is situated on a tract adjacent to the academy and will consist of two V-shaped stone walls - designed to look like A's for air advisers, with water flowing over a wall representing the crossbar of the second A. The walls of the larger A are 40 feet long and up to 7 feet high.

A website (www.airadvisormemorial.org) and the memorial are dedicated to the NATO personnel and "to all air advisers that have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country." This will be engraved on the crossbar of the smaller A.

When he approached the EP Henry Corp. in Wrightstown about buying the bricks, Holm said he was told not to worry, they would be donated. The Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades in Media, Pa., provided workers to build the walls.

Holm said he hopes to collect $50,000 to pay for the cost of installing the water system.

Work on the monument is progressing. Funds to help pay for it can be sent to the Air Advisor Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 16022, Trenton, N.J. 08641.

The memorial dedication is expected to take place July 27.

Source: Peg Quan, Burlington County Times