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Moody holds memorial service for 23 SFS Defender

Photo of battlefield cross and picture of Airman on a display

A battlefield cross and picture of late Master Sgt. Monica Gonzales, 23d Security Forces Squadron, on display for a memorial at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, July 16, 2021. A battlefield cross is formed using dog tags hung from the neck of a rifle, which is then based in military boots and topped with a hard-shelled helmet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

Photo of Airman speaking at podium

U.S. Air Force Chaplain (Capt.) Matthew Thompson, 23d Wing chaplain, gives remarks during a memorial service for Master Sgt. Monica Gonzales, 23d Security Forces Squadron, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, July 16, 2021. Gonzales was on her sixth assignment in the Air Force before she passed away. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

Photo of Airmen and family members

U.S. Air Force Airmen and family members attend a memorial service for Master Sgt. Monica Gonzales, 23d Security Forces Squadron, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, July 16, 2021. Gonzales was known for her passion for teaching and training others to be better every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

Photo of honor guard with flags

U.S. Air Force Airmen with the Moody Air Force Base Honor Guard, present the colors during a memorial service for Master Sgt. Monica Gonzales, 23d Security Forces Squadron, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, July 16, 2021. Before relocating to Moody AFB, Gonzales served as a military training instructor at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

Photo of Airman talking at podium

U.S. Air Force Maj. Thomas Matechik, 23d Security Forces Squadron commander, gives remarks during a memorial service for Master Sgt. Monica Gonzales, 23d SFS, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, July 16, 2021. Matechik shared a story about the first time he had met Gonzales and the positive impact she had on him. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

Photo of people in a chapel

Michelle Callaway, Randi Riojas, and Roger Riojas; sister, wife and father-in-law of late Master Sgt. Monica Gonzales, 23d Security Forces Squadron, reminisce about Gonzales during a memorial service for her at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, July 16, 2021. During the memorial service, Gonzales’ leadership spoke about her passion for the Air Force and the LGBTQ community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

Photo of Airmen praying in a chapel

U.S. Air Force Chaplain (Capt.) Matthew Thompson, 23d Wing chaplain, gives remarks during a memorial service for Master Sgt. Monica Gonzales, 23d Security Forces Squadron, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, July 16, 2021. Thompson provided words of comfort and shared a few passages of scripture. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Boyer)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

Photo story of a memorial service for Master Sgt. Monica Gonzales, 23d Security Forces Squadron.