SMSgt Jennifer Villela, 43, USAF (Ret), Cedar Park, TX, 28 Sep 2022

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    Confirmed mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral service for SMSgt Jennifer Christeen Villela.  SMSgt Villela served in the USAF for over 20 years.  Her duty assignments included Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma; Miramar Marine Corps Air Station, California; Francis E. Warren Air Force Base. Wyoming; and MacDill Air Force Base, Florida; and one combat deployment to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    More about her life can be read here:

    Date/Time: Wednesday, 28 September 2022.  Funeral service begins at 11 am.

    Location: Beck Funeral Home, 1700 E. Whitestone Blvd. Cedar Park, TX 78613. We will stage at the funeral home.
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    10:00 – 10:20 am – Staging
    10:20 am – Briefing
    10:30 am – Flag Line

    Wx: Hi 88 deg, sunny and pleasant

    Notes: After the start of the service we will strike the flag line and stand by to join the LEO escorted procession up to CTSVC in Killeen for the 1 pm interment service.  Upon arrival at the cemetery we will fall under the direction of the Centex PGR ride captain.

    Ride Captain: Jim Callison,, (907) 321-3854
    Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson

    Please attend to honor the long service of this USAF veteran to our country. 


    We had a really great turnout of 16 PGR members standing tall today to honor USAF (Ret.) Senior Master Sergeant Jennifer Villela on a perfect fall day in Cedar Park. Even though the temp outside was only a few degrees less today, the “cooler” fall temp was noticeable by all and a nice respite from the triple-digit days we experienced just a short time ago.

    Today’s mission was a two-parter for us, the first part was standing a flag-line before the memorial service started in Cedar Park and then the second part was 11 of us escorting the hearse and all the family & friend’s vehicles to CTSVC in Killeen where we stood a second flag-line for the interment service along with an equal contingent of Centex PGR members.

    On a special note, our strong presence today brought Jennifer’s husband Edwin and a little later, her father Joseph, to tears when they individually came over to where we were gathered before the service to talk with us about Jennifer’s life and to genuinely thank us all for being there for her. It was moments like this today that hit you in the feels and make what we do so important, to show respect and support to a family where a loved-one has passed…and in this case, one that was way too soon. I thank you all who took time out of your day to stand tall to honor the memory of Jennifer Villela. Godspeed and RIP good lady and thank you for your years of dedicated service to our country!

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