Air Force, Technical Sergeant
Based: Beale Air Force Base, Calif.
9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Supporting: Operation Enduring Freedom Died: September 12, 2009
Married, 1 child
High School: Elko High (Elko, Nev.)
Hornbarger joined the Air Force in 1996, a year after he graduated from Elko High. He was assigned to the 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Beale Air Force Base near Marysville, north of Sacramento.
Tech. Sgt. James R. Hornbarger, 33, of Marysville died Sept. 12 as the result of illness related to a heart attack while he was stationed on the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, where he was serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Shaun Dominguez remembered Hornbarger as a boy, pulling tricks on his skateboard in the concrete basins of an empty trailer park outside Dominguez's home.
"He wasn't scared of anything," Dominguez, 28, recalled of the few years when his father and Hornbarger's mother dated. "I always looked up to him.... Fearless would be a good word."
In the Air Force, Hornbarger was serving as an avionics technician both at home and abroad, from Britain to South Korea.
His stepmother, Helen Hornbarger of Elko, said J.R. was a good father and a good husband. He loved the outdoors, enjoying snowboarding, camping, hiking and fishing.
In addition to his wife and stepmother, Hornbarger's survivors include a daughter, Asia; his father, Jack Hornbarger; his mother, Linda Raab; his stepfather, Richard Raab; a brother, Tony Bleak; and two sisters, Julie Brown and Michelle Strozzi.
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