In an average year, our Region will process to closure approximately 700 Emergency Communications Messages (ECMs). Once in a while, we will receive some feedback from the service member or their family about how that case truly affected their lives. The following information came to us about one such case. It came via an email to Patti Wilson, SAF & International Services Coordinator for our Region. It is feedback like this that provides us with some sense of reward for doing what we do every day.
Again, I want to thank you for all your help when my father, Kenneth H. Clingaman, passed away on Jan 9, 2013.
You helped in getting my Grandson, SPC Steven W. Holmes, notified at Fort Campbell, KY. He was allowed to go on leave as he was a pallbearer for his Great Grandfather. My father was a veteran and was authorized military honors which included a flag draped coffin. The funeral director arranged for the Department of Naval Personnel to be at the internment where a flag was presented. The funeral director, Steve Cooper, Broussard's Mortuary, Silsbee, TX, arranged with the Department of Navy Personnel to present the flag to my Grandson, who in turn, presented the flag to me. This had great meaning to both of us. Also, my father was very proud of Steven for serving his country. Mr. Clingaman was a very patriotic individual.
Have a wonderful day,