By: Jesse Roberts
Special to Horizons
Air Force ROTC Detachment 028 added another plaque to the Fallen Eagles statue last month, commemorating the sacrifice of Captain Paul Barbour, an Air Force pilot and Detachment 028 alumnus who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Captain Paul Barbour overcame many difficulties and graduated from Detachment 028 in 2009, serving as a pilot in the Air Force.
He was killed on Nov. 20, 2017 while piloting a T-38 Talon training aircraft in Del Rio, Texas.
He was serving as an instructor pilot with the 8th Training Squadron from Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, at the time.
The crash is still under investigation, but preliminary data suggests that Captain Barbour stayed with his crippled aircraft to keep it away from a residential area.
Detachment 028 honored Captain Barbour’s legacy with a ceremony unveiling the Fallen Eagles plaque. This ceremony was attended by the entire detachment.
Several of Captain Barbour’s colleagues also attended the ceremony, including USAF retired Colonel Fairchild, who shared her memories of Captain Barbour with the gathered guests.
After the ceremony, the cadets participated in the “memorial pushups” ritual honoring their fallen comrade.
In addition to the plaque and ceremony, Captain Barbour was memorialized through a 5k run on the Embry-Riddle campus.
Spearheaded by cadets Embro, Harnisch, Sandoval, and Seeley, this event raised nearly $1,000 for the Air Force Aid Society in honor of Captain Barbour.
The friends and family of Captain Barbour were touched by the support from the Embry-Riddle AFROTC detachment.
His name will remain a part of the Fallen Eagles statue, permanently reminding us of his sacrifice for our nation’s cause.