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Port Dawgs honor fallen comrades through memorial run

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  • By Senior Airman Destinee Sweeney
  • 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Air transportation specialists, also known as Port Dawgs, from the 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron participated in a memorial run at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, to honor the lives of Air Force air transportation specialists, May 14.

Port Dawgs are responsible for safely and quickly managing cargo to allow units to move around as the mission requires.

“Unfortunately, working around heavy equipment can be hazardous and lead to people getting injured or killed,” said Senior Airman Calvin Lourens, 20th LRS air transportation specialist.

The run specifically honored seven specialists who have passed in the previous year from various causes.

“We’re a tight-knit community and our job is very much about connections,” said Lourens, who previously worked with one of the individuals being remembered. “We hate to see anybody lost.”

“There’s a certain week timeframe we do it in, it’s essentially a Port Dawg appreciation time,” said Tech. Sgt. Stephen Lacey, 20th LRS air transportation specialist. “We try to do this run annually to honor the ones who are still here and the ones who have fallen.”

The memorial run is traditionally held around National Transportation Week, May 13-19, and National Defense Transportation Day, the third Friday in May, which honor the contributions of individuals working in the transportation industry.