Welcome to the iHonor American Flag at Coach Tucker's OP (Observation Post;) remembering CU-AFROTC '08 alum USAF Capt 'Pyro' DuBois
************* GWOT (Global War on Terror) Fallen: CU ROTC Alumni to Honor This iHonor American Flag remembers these inspirational, patriotic Golden Buffaloes:
[ Russell Rippetoe, John Maloney, James Cathey, William DuBois Jr. (from left to right) ]
U.S. Army Captain Russell Rippetoe (1999 alum) KIA April 3, 2003
U.S. Marine Corps Captain John Maloney (1996 alum) KIA June 16, 2005 U.S. Marine Corps Second Lieutenant James Cathey (2004 alum) KIA August 21, 2005
U.S. Air Force Captain William DuBois Jr. (2008 alum) KIA December 1, 2014
Shoulder to shoulder We will fight, fight Fight, fight, fight!
************** 2019 Featured Commemoration of GWOT Fallen CU ROTC Alum U.S. Air Force Captain William H. 'Pyro' DuBois Jr. of New Castle, CO [ Commissioned as Air Force Officer at CU AFROTC Detachment 105 in 2008 ]
Capt DuBois, 30, served as part of Operation Inherent Resolve with the 77th Fighter Squadron from Shaw Air Force Base, SC Killed in action, on December 1, 2014, when his F-16 crashed while guiding his wingman back to an air base in the Middle East during a combat mission We honor and thank Air Force Captain DuBois for defending our freedoms and fighting to liberate the lives of others.
William H. DuBois Jr. Born August 14, 1984 in Rifle, CO As a youth, well-rounded athlete and performer who did everything 'all out' Played basketball, baseball, soccer, and rode horses competitively At Rifle HS, participated in soccer, choir, theatre, track, and National Honor Society Elected Senior Class President 2004 Graduate of Rifle HS Earned full-ride, 4-year Air Force ROTC scholarship at CU-Boulder 'Worked Hard, Played Hard' as member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and Aerospace Engineering Major
2008 Distinguished Graduate of CU-AFROTC and honors graduate from CU School of Engineering Selected for US Air Force jet training to become a F-16 fighter pilot - where earned 2 Top Gun (top graduate) awards Served as flight lead, instructor pilot, and combat commander while flying with F-16 squadrons from air bases in Korea and South Carolina Earned pilot call sign 'Pyro' while flying the Pantons Squadron in Korea Married to Ashley a few days before deploying, in October 2014, to Middle East to be part of Operation Inherent Resolve Sneaky prankster; yet, loyal F-16 Viper wingman who took care of his teammates Flew 17 combat missions against Islamic State in Syria / Iraq Died in combat mission crash while taking care of his wingman
Survived by wife, mom, dad, and sister
Inspirational Quotes from and about 'Pyro' “Anything in life worth doing, is worth over-doing. Moderation is for cowards." - Capt William 'Pyro' DuBois Jr.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Capt. William DuBois. He represented our nation, the state of Colorado and this university with honor and distinction. His sacrifice, and the sacrifices of the other CU men and women in uniform, are honored by our entire campus community.” - CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano
“Push it up and double down, my love." - Ashley DuBois (wife)
[ Artifacts inside Capt DuBois memorial display at CU-AFROTC unit (Folsom Stadium Gate 5) ]
CLICK HERE to review his tribute at the Military Time's Honor the Fallen site
GO HERE to read insightful article about Pyro's deeds
GO HERE to read his obituary and messages of condolence
Pyro's Wings Foundation
The Capt. William H. 'Pyro' DuBois Memorial Scholarship was established by Pyro's family, via the Pyro's Wings Foundation. This scholarship provides an opportunity for one of the best Cadets, from the CU-AFROTC Det 105, to better position him/herself to become a USAF jet fighter jockey - by earning one's 'private pilot's license.'
GO HERE to learn more about this scholarship and its 'push it up' fundraising events
[ Pyro with dad, "Ham", and mom, Donna ]
iHonor American Flag : Visitor Comments for Capt DuBois Jr. ... posted here from newest to oldest ...
Pyro, reading about how you lived your life to the limit, has given me more motivation to push myself and this Flag Steward nonprofit project to its fullest - particularly, by unlocking incredible stories, like yours, woven in to Our Flag for students & citizens to be informed & inspired by. And, I'm looking forward to learning how to 'Push It Up' this summer when I visit your mountaintop lookout in New Castle ;) - from Sean on 4/24/19 [ photo of Pyro's iHonor American Flag flown with an Air Force flag on my dad's (Army) memorial flagpole by me ( a Marine - who loves Zoomies ;) ]
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iHonor American Flag dedicated to (4th of 4) CU ROTC units' GWOT Fallen ... US Air Force Captain (Capt) William H. 'Pyro' Dubois Jr. posted and flying at Flag Steward HQ before shipment [zoom-in on pics]
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