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Air Force Tech. Sgt. Anthony C. Campbell Jr.
Died December 15, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
35, of Florence, Ky.; assigned to the 932nd Civil Engineer Squadron, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; died Dec. 15 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from the detonation of an improvised explosive device.
Flags to be lowered for Campbell
The Associated Press
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff Dec. 22 in honor of an airman who died in Afghanistan.
The Pentagon says 35-year-old Tech Sgt. Anthony Campbell Jr. of Florence died Dec. 15 of wounds suffered when a bomb exploded in Helmand province. Campbell was assigned to the 932nd Civil Engineer Squadron based at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
Services for Campbell were to be held in Williamstown on Dec. 22.
Campbell transferred to the Air Force Reserve in early 2008 after serving with the Kentucky Air National Guard.
Reservist served on Cincinnati police force
The Associated Press
Anthony “Tony” Campbell loved life, his wife and his children, friends and family said — and even got to hear his 2-year-old son, Ryker, count to 10 during their last conversation.
Campbell was an Air Force reservist serving in Afghanistan, but he fulfilled a dream by becoming a police officer back home in Cincinnati in 2008.
“He just always had in his mind that he wanted to be a police officer,” said longtime friend Chris Webster.
Campbell, 35, of Florence, Ky., was killed by a roadside bomb Dec. 15 in Helmand province. He was assigned to Scott Air Force Base, Ill. He went into active duty in the Air Force immediately after graduating from Boone County High School in 1992 and later became a reservist.
Webster told the crowd at Campbell’s funeral that the technical sergeant loved his wife, Emily, and was always telling his friends how proud he was of his children — Ryker, 7-year-old Jordan and his stepson, 11-year-old Devin Ruberg.
“I hadn’t seen him for a long time, but you could tell from his Facebook postings how he loved life and loved serving his country,” said Tracy Adkins, a former schoolmate who had recently reconnected with Campbell through the social networking Web site.