Saturday, April 9, 2011

Anthony L. Capra, Air Force, Tech Sergeant -- Rest In Peace

Anthony L. Capra , 31

Air Force, Tech Sergeant
Based: Indian Head City, Md.
Detachment 63, 688 Armament Systems Squadron
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Died: April 9, 2008
Golden Hills, Iraq
Married, 5 children
Gender: Male
Hometown: Hanford
Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

From Military Times:
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Anthony L. Capra remembered
The Associated Press

Anthony L. Capra’s commander saw a link between Capra’s Air Force role and his being a father and the eldest of 12 children.

“As the oldest, the personal skills he cultivated by acting as mediator, guardian, counselor and friend no doubt contributed to his prowess as a leader and mentor,” said Capt. Robert Scott.

Capra, 31, of Hanford, Calif., was killed April 9 while dismantling a roadside bomb near Balad Air Base. He was assigned to Indian Head City, Md.

“He thought quickly and clearly under pressure, he took charge of any situation, he had a keen eye for details, an astounding memory and courage without measure,” Scott said.

Serving in the Air Force is a tradition for the Capra family.

Capra’s father, Tony, was an airman, and three of Capra’s siblings followed their brother into the Air Force.

“He was a character,” said Capra’s former boss, Capt. Shane Frith. “You couldn’t be around this guy without laughing. He was a great guy. He would light up a room.”

Survivors also include his wife, Angie, and children, Mark, Victoria, Jared, Shawn and Adrianna.
Read more about Air Force Tech Sergeant Anthony L. Capra at Military Times and at Arlington Cemetery. Visit Sergeant Capra's Guest Book.

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