Honor Mission
Christopher P. Blakowski
USAF, ANG - GWoT
Multi-City, NY - 06/08/2021
 
 
Mission applies to the following Region(s): Region 1, Region 2
About the Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been requested to participate in escorting US Air Force/Air National Guard Master Sergeant Christopher P. Blakowski to his final resting place at the WNY National Cemetery. MSgt. Blakoski - serving on active duty with the 107th Air National Guard - passed away on 3 February 2019 at the age of 35 following a battle with an unexpected illness.

MSgt. Blakoski was a 2001 Graduate of Iroquois High School in Elma, NY. He served from 2001-2007 on active duty in the US Air Force at Shaw AFB as an F-16 Crew Chief, Call Sign “SKI”, assigned to the elite Viper Demonstration Team. During that time he deployed to Prince Sultan AFB, Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and to Tallil AFB, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

From 2007-2019 Christopher served with the NY Air National Guard, Niagara Falls AFB, NY. He was a C-130 Crew Chief from 2007-2014, and a Pavement and Construction Equipment Supervisor from 2014-2019. He deployed to Kuwait in 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, to Albania in 2016 providing Civil Engineering Support to the local community, and to New London, NC in 2015, Los Alamitos, CA in 2017, and Romney WV in 2018 providing Civil Engineering Support to local communities.

MSgt. Blakoski earned numerous awards, including: AF Commendation Medal, AF Achievement Medal, AF Outstanding Unit Award (2), AF Organizational Excellence Award, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal (4 devices), National Defense Service Medal (1 device), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, AF Expeditionary Service Ribbon (Gold Border, 2 devices), AF Longevity Service Award Ribbon (2 devices), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (M device), Florida Governor's Meritorious Unit Citation, and other awards.

Obituary: https://www.howefuneralhome.com/obituary/christopher-blakowski
Primary Staging Date: 06/08/2021
Primary Staging Time: 11:45
AM or PM: am
Staging Location: Kenneth Howe Funeral Home
64 Maple Road
East Aurora, NY 14052
https://goo.gl/maps/4pji7ccjW9s57mqFA
Lead Ride Captain: Don Higgins
Lead Ride Captain email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Special Covid-19 Mission Guidelines:
Updated 25 May 2021
  • While in any outdoor setting, fully vaccinated PGR members will no longer be required to wear masks but are asked to act responsibly and respect your fellow members decision on this issue. For the protection of others, non-vaccinated members are asked to please wear a mask.
  • For the immediate future, all PGR members will continue to wear masks and social distance while indoors during a mission.
  • Masks will be worn at any other location where organizers, requestors or the Lead Ride Captain has determined that this be done.
  • Going forward, the Lead Ride Captain for any mission will be responsible for determining whether PGR members will have to mask up or not. Please respect the LRC’s decision on these matters.
  • Here is the link for the Current NYS rules: Current NYS Guidelines
  • Click this url to review: CDC - Current Guidelines
Special Information: Staging in preparation for escort to WNY National Cemetery.
PGR will present a flag line for arrival of family, expected at 12:30 PM.
KSU at approximately 12:45 PM for the 30-mile escort.
Please arrive with a clean 3x5 American or USAF flag, dress for the weather, and ensure your large flags are securely attached.
NOTE: A large presence of USAF personnel and Fire Department personnel/equipment is expected.
NOTE: Sincere thanks to PGR member and Air National Guard Chief Master Sergeant Donald Trzepacz, Jr. for his invaluable assistance for this Mission.
Thank you for devoting your time to help honor the extraordinary USAF and ANG service of Christopher P. Blakoski, and to support his loving family and his fellow Airmen.
Is there a Second Stage to this Mission? yes
Second Staging Date: 06/08/2021
Second Staging Time: 12:45
Second Stage - AM or PM: pm
Second Location:

Town of Darien Highway Department
10569 Alleghany Road (Rt. 77)
Darien Center, NY 14040
(Just north of intersection of Rt. 20)
Map

Second Lead Ride Captain: Don Higgins
Second LRC Email and Phone #: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Second Stage - Special Information: Stage in preparation for receipt of the escort from East Aurora.
Please be prepared with a clean 3x5 American or USAF flag to render present arms when the escort arrives.
KSU at approx. 1:20 PM to proceed to the WNY National Cemetery, 1254 Indian Falls Rd, Corfu, NY 14036
(Map to Cemetery: https://goo.gl/maps/CMbuZUPp1bbMt7GeA)
Please ensure your large flags are securely attached.
Thank you for devoting your time to help honor the extradinary USAF and ANG service of Christopher P. Blakoski, and to support his loving family and his fellow Airmen.

Submitted by: Don Higgins, SRC, Region-1
Email of Submitter: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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