Honor Mission

Bernard A. Provost

USAF - Active Duty

Multi-City, New York - 01-07/08/09-18



Region 4, Region 5
Mission Date  01/07/2019
About the Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to stand for Major Bernard Alexander Provost, 39, of Yorktown, Virginia. MAJ Provost died Tuesday, December 11, 2018 in Newport News, Virginia.

Born in Albany and educated in Binghamton, he entered the Air Force on active duty in 2004, graduating from Officer Training School in the top five percent of his class. Bernie served as a B-1 bomber weapon systems officer (WSO) and later piloted the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft. He served honorably in the Air Force for over 14 years and was selected for the acclaimed rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Bernie deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and provided reconnaissance and armed overwatch for American and coalition forces.

After returning home from Afghanistan in 2015, Bernie was most recently stationed at Langley Air Force Base, VA where Bernie worked as the Chief of Special Technical Operations at Headquarters, Air Combat Command. During his service, Bernie earned a remarkable 19 Aerial Achievement Medals, the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and was selected for the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Portions of the above narrative are contained in MAJ Provost's obituary, available for viewing online at the Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home website here:


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Primary Staging Time:  05:00
Staging Location Albany International Airport
Jetway Drive, near Fire Station
Colonie, NY 12211
Lead Ride Captain Bill Schaaf
Lead Ride Captain email: billschaaf@aol.com
Lead Ride Captain Phone #:
Special Information: PGR will assemble flag line for the arrival/dignified transfer of MAJ Provost - arriving by Delta airlines at approx. 5:30pm Please dress for the windy/cold weather.
Second Staging Date:  01/08/2019
Second Staging Time:  02:30
Second Stage - AM or PM PM
Second Location Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home
149 Old Loudon Road
Latham, NY 12110
Second Lead Ride Captain Ed Czuchrey
Second LRC Email and Phone #:  Ed Czuchrey
Second Stage - Special Information: Staging at the funeral home with flag line for the arrival of family and guests. Visitation is scheduled from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Third Staging Date:  01/09/2019
Third Staging Time:  09:30
Third Stage - AM or PM AM
Third Location St Ambrose Roman Catholic Church
347 Old Loudon Road
Latham, NY 12110
Third Lead Ride Captain Paul Orzolek
Third LRC Email and Phone #:  porzolek@yahoo.com
Third Stage - Special Information: Staging at the church with flag line for the arrival of the procession. Mass of Christian Burial scheduled for 10:00 a.m., followed by interment at St. Agnes Cemetery, 48 Cemetery Ave., Albany, NY.
Submitted by:  Ray Sestak
Submitted by Email: rayspgrny@gmail.com

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