CW5 Steven Skoda
US Army, US Army National Guard - GWoT Veteran
Multi-City, NY - 06/04/2021
|Mission applies to the following Region(s):||Region 4, Region 5|
|About the Mission:||The family of Chief Warrant Officer Steven Skoda has requested the participation of the Patriot Guard Riders in his military honors funeral.
CW5 Skoda joined and US Army in 1985. Served two years in Alaska when he discharged in 1987. Shortly thereafter he joined the NY National Guard when he found out they would train him to be a helicopter pilot. Skoda was a 35-year veteran of the U.S. Army and New York Army National Guard. He deployed to Afghanistan twice in the past decade and was an experienced helicopter pilot flying Med-Evac helicopters to and from the battlefield. He was also a very accomplished instructor, having started flying UH-1 helicopters from Rochester’s Army Aviation Support Facility in 1992.
On January 22nd of this year while on a training mission with two other Chief Warrant Officers, the New York Army National Guard UH-60 medical evacuation helicopter, based at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Rochester, crashed killing all three.
The Patriot Guard Riders will be privileged to be there to render Honor, Dignity and Respect for the life, service and sacrifice of this hero - Chief Warrant Officer 5 Steven Skoda.
|Primary Staging Date:||06/04/2021|
|Primary Staging Time:||10:15|
|AM or PM:||am|
Ehle and Barnett Funeral Home
|Lead Ride Captain:||Bill Schaaf|
|Lead Ride Captain Phone #:||518-542-0608|
|Special Covid-19 Mission Guidelines:||
Updated 25 May 2021
|Special Information:||PGR will form flag line for dignified transfer at funeral home then escort CW5 Skoda to Saratoga National Cemetery.
|Is there a Second Stage to this Mission?||yes|
|Second Staging Date:||06/04/2021|
|Second Staging Time:||12:15|
|Second Stage - AM or PM:||am|
|Second Location:||Saratoga National Cemetery
200 Duell Rd
Schuylerville, NY 12871
|Second Lead Ride Captain:||Bill Schaaf|
|Second Stage - Special Information:||
Please note that below are the special instructions, received by the Moderators, at the cemetery for any Friday services.
RIDERS: When arriving at the cemetery, riders will remain with the cortege and proceed with the procession to Shelter 1, parking fender-to-fender on the left hand side of the parking lot of the shelter parking lot only. You will be sharing the parking area with the family, so please park as tightly, but safely as possible.
|Submitted by:||Bill Schaaf|