Kevin Gardner, 61, USAF veteran, Leander, TX, 02 Apr 2023

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    Short Notice Confirmed Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral service for Mr. Kevin Gardner.  Mr. Gardner entered the USAF after graduating from high school.  Throughout his service as an Information Systems Control Technician, he was stationed in several places, including Rhein-Main Air Force Base in Frankfurt, Germany.  After eight years of service, Kevin separated from the United States Air Force in April of 1988 as a Staff Sergeant decorated with eight medals for his achievements with an Honorable Discharge.

    More about his life can be read here:

    Date/Time: Sunday, 02 April 2023. Funeral service begins at 2 pm.

    Location: Upwards Church, 8754 Ranch to Market Rd 2243, Leander, TX 78641

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    1:00 – 1:20 pm – Staging
    1:20 pm – Briefing
    1:30 pm – Flag line

    Wx: Cloudy, 84 deg

    Notes: This mission is a flag line only prior to the funeral service.  After the start of the service we will strike the flag line and depart quietly.

    Ride Captain: Mark Wells,, 512-470-0380
    Flag Wranglers: Don Ferguson

    Please attend this short notice mission to honor the service of this airman to our country.


    Thank you to the eight riders who stood the flag line today in honor of Mr. Kevin Gardner’s service to our country. Before we began our briefing we were visited by two of his daughters and a son-in-law who told us some stories of their dad. He would refer to his service in top secret USAF programs as working in the “Twilight Zone”. Speaking with them and others it was clear our presence made a difference today.

    Don did his usual great job of staking flags in advance. With the addition of our flag line it was a patriotic scene as the many mourners arrived.

    RIP SSgt Kevin D. Gardner. Thank you for your service.

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