Courtney Michelle Steffen

Courtney is a First Lieutenant in the USAF who served in Iraq


Army Sgt. 1st Class Justin S. Monschke
Army Sgt. 1st Class Justin S. Monschke, 28, of Krum, Texas; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Oct. 14 in Arab Jabour, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit while on patrol during combat operations
O, the sacrifice of a soldier
the masses ne’er shall know
‘cept those oppressed who saw him
draw his arrow taut to bow.
For only those who suffer grasp
the soldier’s will to fight
the fortitude, the courage keen
their victor who stalks the night.
Yea, the mighty fall from time to time
still, the oppressed will defend:
Ne’er a profession so noble
as to ensure the freedom of men.

Author’s Note: The above poem was written on 17 Oct 2007 following the memorial service of Justin Monschke, a Green Beret who died on a mission a few days earlier. This is dedicated to the men of the Special Forces.