With his family at his bedside, Captain Joseph L. Cullinan, 32, West Virginia Army National Guard, passed away on 4 May after a valiant battle with cancer. Joe served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006-07, where he was pilot-in-command of a UH 60 Blackhawk helicopter, accumulating 540 hours of combat flight time. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal of Valor for participating in the rescue of five U.S. soldiers. As per a conversation with the CAO this morning, the family is requesting the Patriot Guard Riders presence at CPT Cullinan’s Celebration Of Life this Saturday; Joe was also a Harley enthuiast, and the family would love to have as many motorcycles there, as possible. His wife truly appreciates our support…they had only been married for two weeks prior to his passing.
Staging date/time: 14 May 2011 / between 1215-1230.
Location: WV Army National Guard Armory, Wheeling-Ohio County Airport, 538 Girtys Point Rd, Wheeling, WV, https://tinyurl.com/5wdhdhp
Mission brief: 1235-1240, with the flagline in place at 1245.
Service info: Friends and family will begin arriving at 1300, and the actual service will begin at 1400.
WVPGR ASC-North, Ron Jones, will be the RCIC for this mission. He can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Use your own discrection regarding how you arrive at this mission. There will not be an escort after the service, but the family is requesting some “loud pipe noise” during the balloon release at the end of the service.