Remembering every fallen Air Advisor and ensuring their Families are not forgotten.
The Air Advisor Memorial Foundation leads the efforts to build the Air Force’s Memorial near our Air Advisor Academy to commemorate and honor the members who served in support of our nation’s diplomatic mission, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Consistent with its mission, the Foundation will recognize and salute the service and sacrifices of all who served in defense of the nation as an Air Advisor, as well as their families and friends.
Air Advisor Memorial
The Air Advisor Memorial Wall at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey honors Air Advisors across all Air Force Specialty Codes who gave their lives in the performance of their duties. The names on the wall date back to the formation of the Air Advisor mission. The wall serves as a memorial to those who have given their lives for the mission, and as a reminder to all those who follow in their footsteps, to always remain vigilant.
The basic structure consists of two A-framed structures; each to represent the initials “Air Advisor.” A silent fountain flows in between the structures to make the memory of those who have passed on remain alive. The sound of the flowing water helps calm trouble hearts and bring peace in times of difficulty. A marble tablet with the names of fallen Air Advisors is inscribed and attached to the largest wall.
Every year, on the fourth Friday in April, the Air Advisor Memorial Ceremony is held to commemorate fallen Air Advisors to recognize and preserve the legacy of the service and sacrifices of our fallen advisors and their families.
The ongoing care and maintenance of the Air Advisor Memorial Wall is funded by donations.
Memorial Visiting Hours
The Memorial is located on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey which is secured and staffed like other military bases around the world. The Gate 1 opening hours are 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed on weekends and holidays. Gate 2’s visitor facility is open 24 hours. If you are planning a trip to the area and would like to visit outside of normal hours, please e-mail us here and we will do everything we can to accommodate a visit to the Air Advisor Memorial Wall.
Air Advisor Memorial History
On April 17, 2011, an Afghan Air Force officer walked into an office at the Kabul Int’l Airport and opened fire with his 9-MM pistol, killing eight USAF Air Advisors and one Air Advisor contractor. The tragedy ended with the gunman killed. That event inspired Col. John “Oly” Holm to work with the local community and build the Air Advisor Memorial as a tribute to his friends, the Advisors killed that day, and to any other fallen Air Advisors.
At the time, Col. Holm was the first Commandant of the newly established Air Advisor Academy. The Air Advisor training mission is under the USAF Expeditionary Center’s Expeditionary Operations School.
Drawings of the proposed memorial were made, and a construction estimate was obtained. Land behind the Air Advisor Academy on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey was donated. We extend a huge thank you to our contributors for all the help and support they provided for the design and construction of this memorial. Additionally, the wall was constructed by dedicated and determined community volunteers as envisioned by Col. Holms. The generosity of your donations has made this memorial a reality.
Air Advisors whose names are placed on the memorial are graduates of the United States Air Advisor Academy and died on active duty as a result of an Air Advisor mission.
Please visit our virtual wall for the names, bios, and photos of the fallen Air Advisors. We are actively working to gather photo and bio information for all Fallen Air Advisor Heroes. If you are a family member of a fallen warrior and can provide a military photo and bio for an advisor who was killed serving the advising mission, we invite you to fill out and submit your request to our email box.
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The Air Advisor Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that honors fallen Air Advisors and their families.