End of Watch: TSgt Joseph Lemm and SSgt Louis Bonacasa

fallen security forces badge

TSgt Joseph Lemm and SSgt Louis Bonacasa were killed in action by a Taliban suicide bomber in Afghanistan on 21 December 2015. They were members of the 105th Security Forces Squadron at Steward Air National Guard base, Newburgh, NY. Two other SF Defenders were seriously injured in the attack.

I didn’t know TSgt Lemm or SSgt Bonacasa, but they wore the same badge and beret that I do, and that’s all that matters. My thoughts and prayers are with their families during this time.


  1. Security Members don’t die the just report to Guardmount in Valhalla. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again Caleb I’m glad to have you among us.

    – SSgt Edmond TN Air Guard.

  2. Does that mean one of them have to conduct guard mount training for eternity? Because that kind of sounds like the other place.

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