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Dignified Transfer scheduled for Spc. Mark J. Downer
by DREW BOLLEA Staff Writer
Aug 11, 2011 | 2503 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Dignified Transfer will be conducted at Robins Air Force Base on Friday for Spc. Mark J. Downer, 23, of Warner Robins, Ga. Downer was killed on Aug. 5, in Afghanistan after his unit was attacked by rocket propelled grenades.

The Robins Honor Guard will meet the arriving aircraft and transfer Downer to a waiting hearse. The hearse will be escorted off base by members of local law enforcement and The Patriot Guard motorcycle organization. The hearse will travel off-base around 9:45 a.m., down highway 247 to Watson Blvd., to North Davis Dr., to Green St., to North Houston Rd., to Watson Blvd., to Houston Lake Rd to McCullough Funeral Home in Warner Robins. Downer will be laid to rest Saturday.

Downer was a combat medic stationed at Ft. Drum, N.Y. He was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. His unit deployed to Afghanistan in March.

Prior to joining the U.S. Army in 2009, Downer served in the GA Air National Guard as a weather apprentice. He was assigned to the 116th Air Control Wing here.

The Patriot will have complete coverage of the event on tomorrow's NEWSNIGHT

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