Honor Mission
CW4 Christian J. Koch
US Army National Guard
Multi-City - 01/29/2021
*** Updated 28 January 2021 - 14:00 Hrs. ***
Primary staging location and time changed, as below,
along with many mission details.  Please read entire
modified mission posting carefully.
Mission applies to the following Region(s): Region 1, Region 2
About the Mission:


Important Note: Throughout the many organizational meetings involved in this mission, it is clear that the PGR and the service we provide is very much respected and appreciated by officials of the US Army, Army National Guard, NYS Police, Funeral Director, National Warplane Museum...and most importantly, the family of CW4 Christian Koch.

PGR will be involved in the escort procession from the funeral home in Mt. Morris, HOWEVER, for logistical purposes, there will be a limit of ten(10) PGR vehicles with large flags (5 in front, 5 at the rear of the hearse.)  SRC Don Higgins will make arrangements for those 10 vehicles by phone Thursday afternoon and will coordinate PGR activity there... please do not stage at the funeral home unless you are contacted.

The family of Chief Warrant Officer 4 Christian J. Koch has invited the Patriot Guard Riders to stand in silent honor of his life and service.  CW4 Koch, of Honeoye Falls, was one of three servicemen who died tragically during a training mission on 20 January 2021 in the Town of Mendon near Rochester, NY.

You are encouraged to read the full John W. Martin Funeral Home obituary to learn about this true American and Community Hero:

Primary Staging Date: 01/29/2021
Primary Staging Time: 09:30 - 10:00
AM or PM: am
Staging Location: UPDATED
National Warplane Museum
3489 Big Tree Lane
Geneseo, NY  14454
Lead Ride Captain: Skip Merrick
Lead Ride Captain email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lead Ride Captain Phone #:  
Special Covid-19 Mission Guidelines:

The Mandatory Rules for Covid-19 protection practices...these WILL be strictly enforced.

  • Stay a minimum of 6 feet apart from each other at all times.
  • No handshaking, fist-bumping, hugs, cheek kissing, or any other physical contact.
  • Follow all Covid-19 protection practices as described on the CDC website.
  • Click this URL to review: CDC - Prevent Getting Sick
  • If you are not feeling well in any way, please do not attend this Mission.
  • * ADDITIONAL MANDATORY REQUIREMENT: Wearing a protective face covering of some kind is required...homemade facemask, bandanna, etc. (Patriotic face coverings would be particularly appropriate) This will not only provide an extra layer of protection to ourselves and others but will send the message that the PGR takes this crisis seriously and is performing this Mission responsibly.
  • Please consult the R.C. for additional COVID precautions and rules.
Special Information:


VERY IMPORTANT: Please do not arrive before 9:30 AM in order to ensure orderly parking.
Region 1 Ride Captain Skip Merrick will be responsible for proper parking, and the preparation for a flag line. Please cooperate with Skip's instructions.

The NWM Visitor's Center will be open for members to stay warm and utilize the rest rooms until formation of the flag line at approx. 10:30 AM.

The Memorial Service and military honors is scheduled to commence at 11:00 AM, and last for approx. 45 minutes.  This service will take place OUTSIDE the NWM hanger. The potential wind chill factor will be -15 degrees...please dress accordingly.

Following completion of the Memorial Service, the same 10 PGR vehicles with large flags will participate in escorting CW4 Koch to the crematorium in Livonia (Dougherty Funeral Home.)

Please do your best to ensure good representation of the PGRNY in honor of the extraordinary service of CW4 Christian Koch, and in support of his loving and grieving family.

Is there a Second Stage to this Mission? no
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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