MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --
The event room in Building 400, here, was dedicated to and renamed in honor of Capt. Mark Weber, 38th Rescue Squadron (RQS) combat rescue officer, Aug. 16, 2019.
The dedication ceremony, held by the 38th RQS, honored Weber, who was killed March 15, 2018, when the HH-60G Pave Hawk he was aboard crashed in western Iraq while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
“I think the important part of the dedication is that his memory and his legacy remains cemented into this base,” said Lt. Col. Jason Egger, 38th RQS commander. “He was an impressive young man and he's somebody we need to remember. I would really want people to emulate him and his leadership style. If dedicating that [room] brings that opportunity for people to remember him and to emulate him, then I think the Air Force will be better off.”
Weber was born to Ron and Marge Weber on July 31, 1988, and is the only brother to Kathryn, Leah, Lori and Kristin.
“I would best describe him as a selfless leader,” Egger said. “He was definitely someone who looked out and served those under him. He spent his time trying to take care of them. He was also very dedicated to his faith and to his family.”
Weber left Bartonville, Texas, to attend the United States Air Force Academy from June 28, 2007, to May 24, 2011. He completed the Pararescue Indoctrination course on Dec. 18, 2014, and received his maroon beret in July 2016.
“He had been in the Air Force for about eight years and had been an academy grad so that in itself is a pretty impressive achievement: to graduate from the Air Force Academy,” Egger said. “He was a contracting officer for several years and then made the decision to cross train to become a combat rescue officer. He had to go through about two years of training to do that and the training is pretty intense. It has around an 80 percent attrition rate, so he's one of the select-few that was able to make it through the entire training.”
Through 2017, Weber worked closely with the 308th Rescue Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., achieving his Team Commander upgrade while continually readying his Airmen for the upcoming deployment.
“He was dedicated to the mission here and to the [Airmen who] served under him,” Egger said. “He had achieved what he believed was a lifelong dream, which was to become a combat rescue officer. He felt like he was exactly where he was supposed to be, doing exactly what he was called to do. What I've learned from him is that you don't often know the impacts you're having as you go through your life and your career. [You have to continue to] be the person you need to be and to live the life you need to live in order to have those positive impacts throughout your career.”
While stationed at Moody, Weber was known to many as a levelheaded friend, who could be relied on for sound advice. The dedication event honored Weber’s legacy and the event center in building 400, here, will serve as a reminder of his impact on Moody.
“It was truly an honor to be his commander here at the 38th,” Eggers said. “I'm truly sorry we lost him but I think he is somebody we should all look to as a model of leadership and dedication.”