ONALASKA, WI, US
U.S. Air Force
SRA, 23D SPECIAL TACTICS SQD, HURLBURT FIELD, FL
08/19/2006, TARIN KOWT, AFGHANISTAN
Air Force Senior Airman Adam P. Servais died August 19, 2006 when his vehicle came under hostile fire in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan. The twenty-three year old Airman and his unit were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned to 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida.
SRA Servais was from Onalaska, Wisconsin. He was a 2001 graduate of Onalaska High School where he was an outstanding athlete who excelled at hockey and football. He was recognized as a skilled and exemplary defensive hockey player. He was very well liked and was respected for his strong work ethic.
He joined the Air Force in 2002 and was a combat controller in its elite special operations command. Adam was proud of what he accomplished in the Air Force and proud of what he was doing. He enjoyed the team that he trained with.
He was an airman who did not need recognition nor did he want his accomplishments and activity to be a big deal. He was well liked by everyone and was appreciated for his good sense of humor. He was a high achiever and approached everything with determination and confidence putting his heart into all that he did. As a result, he accomplished what he set out to achieve.
Senior Airman Servais was the kind of recruit the Air Force Special Operations Command prizes for its combat controllers. He continually provided unparalleled support to Special Forces teams and he shared responsibility for the tactical success of many operations that he was involved in from planning to execution. His rough-and-tumble sports background prepared him well for the nearly two years of training before he could deploy as a Combat Controller. He was on his second overseas deployment when he died in Afghanistan during a battle with insurgents. His first deployment overseas was to Iraq. Early in 2006, he deployed a second time, to Afghanistan.
He is survived by his parents and sister. His hard charging, highly spirited drive and dedication will forever mark this accomplished Airman. He was truly a Special Operation “De Oppresso Liber” Warrior.