Sutherland Springs victims, married Airmen, honored

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  • By Randy Martin
  • 12th Flying Training Wing

Civilian employees and military members from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland joined with Air Force colleagues and families of two of the Sutherland Springs shooting victims for a funeral Nov. 9, 2017 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.

Senior Master Sgt. Karen Marshall and her husband Scott Marshall were among the 26 people who were killed at the First Baptist Church on Nov. 5, 2017.

Marshall was an Air Force knowledge operation management specialist transitioning from an active guard and reserve assignment at JB Andrews.

“I came to appreciate her capability and expertise to manage reports and information vital to the health of the Air National Guard logistics portfolio,” said Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Burkett, director of logistics and installations, National Guard Bureau, during his remarks to more than 500 people in attendance. 

Marshall supported Burkett during her assignment at JB Andrews. She was promoted posthumously and her certificate was read aloud to the assembly.

Scott was a nine year active duty crew chief and employee with the 12th Maintenance Group at JBSA-Randolph, Texas. He met his wife after he enlisted in the Air Force and when they were serving together at Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.

They were married in 1984.

“A nation is only strong when she has citizens of character and resolve and I can stand here and tell you that America is stronger because of the lives and the service of great Americans like Scott and Karen, said Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander of Air Education and Training Command.

Photos from their lives were displayed and the couple’s favorite songs were played. The service also featured traditional military honors.

A U.S. flag was presented to Martina Pachal, Kara Boyd, and Brandon Marshall, their three children. Chaplain (Maj.) Samuel Bridges, JBSA-Randolph's senior chaplain read a joint statement on their behalf.

“Our mom and dad were more than just our parents. They were our friends, confidants, a shoulder to lean on, a shoulder to cry on, and a well of advice. They were loving grandparents. They would laugh with you, support you in times of need, and help you questions asked. Dad's sense of humor was contagious, his laughter would make you smile. He was a ham, always the first to crack a joke. Mom was very dedicated to her family as well as her career. She was hard working, spunky, and always there for you. After a long time apart, they were both extremely excited to get back to their life together in their new home. Mom and Dad loved, were loved, and we will miss them both very much.”

Outside of the auditorium, the JBSA Honor Guard fired three volleys and a musician from the Air Force Band of the West brought the program to a close with the playing of taps.