Honor Mission – Budrejko, March 17

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*** Honor Mission***

LT. Col Thomas Budrejko

US Marine Corps

Newington, CT.

SAT MAR 17th 1000hrs


Patriot Guard and associates,

Sadly we are called to stand for LT. Col Thomas Budrejko, who served our country honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps, may he rest in peace.

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Budrejko, was one of seven Marines killed when two Marine Corps helicopters collided in a training accident on February 22, 2012, near Yuma, Arizona.  He served as the Executive Officer of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton CA.

He graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. In February 1999 he completed his flight training, designated a Naval Aviator, and was selected as an AH-1W Cobra pilot. When “pinned” by his father, Budrejko became the third generation of Naval Aviators to wear the same “Wings of Gold” worn by his father, and his great uncle, LCDR Casey Suchcicki, all three raised in Connecticut.

His combat tours included Kosovo, three deployments to Iraq, and one to Afghanistan. Lt. Col Budrejko’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Individual Action Air Medal w/ Combat “V” (gold numeral 2) & Air Medal Strike/Flight (numeral 19), and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/ Combat “V” (fourth award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

We will stand a flag line at the church and the cemetery.

State Captain Gregg Barratt will be RCIC and ASC Jeff Hartke will lead part of the mission segments . Flags will be on site courtesy of: Dimples, Michelle Newth, and Kaitlin Cardello.

0900hrs (staging)
Saturday March 17th
St Mary’s Church
626 Willard Avenue
Newington, CT

Sacred Heart Cemetery
158 Broad Street
New Britain, CT

God Bless America, Our Troops and First Responders!

Gregg “Flag 7” Barratt
Patriot Guard Riders
Connecticut State Captain

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