Master Sgt. William Posch, 36, stationed at Patrick Air Force Base
BREVARD COUNTY • PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, FLORIDA – The Patrick Air Force Base community came out in full force to honor Master Sgt. William Posch upon his arrival home to Patrick Air Force Base Tuesday afternoon after he was killed in action last month in Iraq.
The entire base lined the streets of Patrick Air Force Base to pay respect to him and his family for their ultimate sacrifice during the fallen hero’s dignified transfer.
Posch, 36, an Indialantic, Florida, resident, was one of two Pararscuemen the wing lost March 15, 2018. Staff Sgt. Carl Enis, 31, of Tallahassee, was the other.
Both men were assigned to the 308th Rescue Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.
The squadron of elite Guardian Angel Airmen serve as highly trained rescue specialists, on and off the battlefield, providing life-saving trauma care and search and rescue as part of the 920th Rescue Wing – one of the most deployed units in the Air Force Reserve.
Both civilians and military personnel, and those with base access, stood shoulder-to-shoulder to show their respect as the motorcade escorting MSgt. Posch and his loved ones passed by them.
Those in uniform rendered a salute while the civilians placed their hand over their heart. Among the motorcade escorts were: Brevard County Sherriff deputies, Patriot Guard Riders and Jacksonville Ocean Rescue life guards. Posch served as a lifeguard after graduating high school.
Posch had 18 years of service, the last ten of which were with the 920th Rescue Wing. Among his decorations were the Air Medal with silver oak leaf cluster; an Aerial Achievement Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal with Valor. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal with Combat Device posthumously.
MSgt. Posch and SSgt. Enis gave their last full measure performing their mission and serving our most noble Pararescue creed: ‘These things we do, that others may live’. In the face of this tragedy, we will honor their service and sacrifice and join their loved ones in mourning the immense void left behind by the loss of these great men – our rescue brothers,” said Col. Kurt Matthews, the 920th Rescue Wing commander.