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June 19, 2014
Joe,
It seems like yesterday you were mentoring me as a freshman at the academy. Thank you for you service and your sacrifice will not be forgotten
September 19, 2013
Lt. It's been 4 years and it's crazy to think how time has flown but I always keep you in my mind I can't thank you for all the words you spoke to me while we doing our change over at Det3 but I'll never forget you!

SSgt Yaronczyk
September 13, 2013
This is a 10 minute video, it was taken in Camp Victory in 2010. Posted with permission of the family which I was honored to meet at the Helton Haul today.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1314988999173&l=7493863269295811808
May 11, 2013
I didn't know Joe and I wasn't in his unit. However, I was an Army officer working with Iraqi Security Forces in Mahmudiyah, Iraq from 2009 until 2010. I was actually patrolling in the same area Joe was on that day, but I didn't hear of the incident until I got back to my base. And I have only recently learned that Joe departed that day. I'm not sure who will read this, but I just wanted to let his family know that they're in my thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,
Phil
“For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's” (KJV).
–Romans 14:8
September 16, 2012
I am trying to get a hold of the family of Lt. Helton. Please contact me if you receive this. 402-595-0056
September 09, 2011
for September 8, 2011

Remembering and honoring the life, service and courage of this fine young American. I hope that all who love and miss him have found better days in which to share their precious memories.
September 08, 2011
To the family and friends of 1st Lt. Joseph D. Helton:
Please accept my remembrance of Joseph on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
September 08, 2011
Thinking of you today.
June 17, 2011
May you rest in peace my old friend. I will always remember the good times we had togather in arms with security forces. I hope we never forget the ultimate sacrifice you gave to help save the Republic.
June 07, 2011
May 31, 2011
Miss you sir, and remembering you today. Thank you for watching over me and my crew. God bless you and your family, can't wait to see you again. This is your day.
May 22, 2011
Missed but not forgotten
May 21, 2011
he will live on and never be forgotton.
February 02, 2011
He will never be forgotten. God bless him and his family.
September 12, 2010
To the family of 1st LT. Joseph D. Helton, our family sends our deepest sympathy and respect. We thank you for the sacrifice you continue to live with and pray for your family as you try to live on through this loss. My brother is Sgt. Jonathan Adams and we are thankful for what Lt. Helton did to keep him and his platoon safe. thank you again and God Bless!
September 12, 2010
Remembering LT Helton today, and what respect I have for him. I wish I hadn’t had to go to that ceremony a year ago. He was a great man, and a great leader. I thank you for your guidance for my troops, and assistance keeping us safe. He kept more of us safe than just his buddies in the air force. His group helped my Army MP platoon learn, and be safe on the roads he traveled every day. We owe our lives to you LT. God bless you. SGT Adams
September 08, 2010
NEVER FORGOTTEN!
September 08, 2010
I remember the day after you were transfered over to the RoughRiders, I was sitting in the back room cleaning and fixing a malfunctioning M2, .50 caliber machine gun, and you asked me why it was broke. I told you that it was just a piece of junk that the army had giving us. You sat there the whole time asking me and another gunner what you could do to help and what you could bring up to the highers for us to get. That day I knew you were a great leader and you were going to do great things for the RoughRider family!! Never did I ever think that I would be one of the four carrying your body of the battlefield! Sep 08, 2009 we lost one of the greatest leaders the Air Force would ever have! It is my honor to have served with you and I will never forget the impact you have had on my career and my life, you are loved and missed, but will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN! R.I.P. Lt. Helton!
September 08, 2010
As the anniversary of his passing approaches, I sincerely hope that eveyone who loved this young man in his few short years on earth will have found some peace as they reflect on a life of promise, purpose, duty and honor. There's just something about Joe's face that tells me he had a great sense of humor and I'd like to think that he's somewhere looking down with that self same smile, wishing you well. The many comments left here by his men tell me a great deal about what kind of officer he was and while I'm sorry that we weren't privileged to know him in life, I'm so grateful to be able to learn a little about such a special person through this site.
God bless you Joseph, your family and those with whom you served. Kim Straker, Doha, Qatar
September 08, 2010
To the family and friends of 1st Lt. Joseph D. Helton:
Remembering Joseph on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
September 07, 2010
To all who served with Joseph and all serving without him, Godspeed.

To all who knew and loved him as family and dear friend, may God hold us firmly in his arms and remind us of how honored we are to have shared his life.

A year ago today I didn't know this empty place in my heart could be so big...but a year ago I didn't know Joseph would be coming home so soon. I love you all. God bless.
July 13, 2010
hey Lt. i was thinking about you today, i was telling my ALS class about you and about some of the things we accomplished in iraq. rest easy sir, your still in your hearts and minds.

SrA Jason Khan
Rough Rider 2-3 Det 2
April 09, 2010
Lt,
It has been several months since we bid you farewell, and I think of you often. I still remember you running the Air Force 1/2 Marathon just a few days before you left us. I laughed at you because you were sore the next day. Well it's your turn; I will be running the Air Force Marathon this Sept in honor of you. Thanks for the Inspiration!
1Sgt Det 2
SMSgt Stan Cadell
February 01, 2010
Nearly 6 months has gone by and there is not a day that goes by that I don't in some way shape or form think about one of the greastest men I have had the privilage to serve with. No words can describe the level of commitment LT had to his Airmen. You are missed sir. I will see you again someday.
November 20, 2009
My heartfelt sympathy to Helton the family and friends in the loss of Joseph. I did not know Joseph, but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine young person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. My heart was touched by the many wonderful/beautiful things written about you. Joseph you are my hero and you will NEVER be forgotten.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace
Tom

"TO LIVE IN THE HEARTS
OF THOSE YOU LEAVE BEHIND
IS NEVER TO DIE"
November 12, 2009
THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING... YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR PARAYERS AND NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!!!
November 12, 2009
Thank you for all you've done and may God bless you.
November 02, 2009
To the family of 1st Lt. Joseph D. Helton:

No words could possibly ease the loss of your honored son.

Joseph is truly a hero amongst men.

To give the ultimate sacrifice while fighting and defending our country can never be forgotten.

May God take Joseph into his arms, and hold on to your beloved son, easing his pain as well as helping him to ease your pain and suffering through his love.

God Bless Joseph and his family.
October 20, 2009
We care and share your sorrow.
October 19, 2009
To the family of 1st Lt. Joseph D. Helton:
Joseph gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
October 16, 2009
you wil be missed but never forgotten
October 15, 2009
I served with Lt Helton in Iraq and he was one of the best officers I have ever worked with. I would always tell him he will be a General some day and I really think we would have. He will be missed... RIP Lt.

MSgt David D. Anderson
732 ESFS Det 3 "Renegades"
Barnum, MN
October 08, 2009
joseph was a cute boy when i heard he died i cried. it was just to protect us we love you joseph.
October 02, 2009
To the Helton Family,

I want to express my deepest and sincerest gratitude for the sacrifice your son gave. I was assigned to the unit he belonged to for most of his Deployment to Baghdad. To say that he was a great officer, mentor, and leader doesn't seem to be enough. During his tour he led by example every time and was always willing to assist me with accomplishing tasks that needed an officer's approach. Unlike most of his peers and leaders, he was willing to take the time to help me work out what would seem like an almost impossible task. I have been in the Air Force for 12+ years and have never worked with an officer or individual for that matter that was so willing to do the little extra to help others out. It was for these reasons that when it came time for my re-enlistment, he was the ONLY officer I thought of. It was an honor and a priviledge to have shared that milestone with him and to have known and served with him. Please accept my condolences. The world has lost a great friend, brother, son, and soldier. Lt Helton...you will be missed.

With Love and Respect,
Benjamin Dees
TSgt, USAF, Det 3
September 30, 2009
This fella was the absolute best brother a girl could ever dream of having. I've been proud of him since I could remember. He will always be my hero. We love you and we miss you terribly, broseph. Happy Birthday!
September 30, 2009
It was an honor to perform Lt. Helton's memorial service at MacDill AFB, he will never be forgotten. God Bless
September 30, 2009
Happy Birthday, sweet Joseph. I'll love you forever, and I'll miss you til we meet again.
September 30, 2009
Happy Birthday, sweet Joseph. I'll love you forever, and I'll miss you til we meet again.
September 28, 2009
There are no words to describe emotions of extreme gratitude and disbelief with regards to the loss of a Hero to his Friends, Family, Community and Nation.

There are those of us like myself that were lucky to have Joseph in our lives. I was fortunate to have had Joe as a classmate; in several history classes, in high school. As well as a Teammate on the Soccer Field. While these were only small interactions; Joseph made huge impacts on everyone just by his presence.

Joe was the epitome of the American dream. He grasped it, lived it, and he continuously fought to keep Our American Dreams alive.

Thank-you Joseph! May You Rest In Peace!!!

My Thought and Prayers are With The Helton Family!!!!
September 28, 2009
To the Helton Family,

Even after the weeks of mourning and remembering, the pain is not lifted. I remember him and your loss every day, because I was lucky enough to have known him and because my husband is a Security Forces Officer. I know that I can't offer you much during this tough time, but I want to tell you of my experience knowing Joe.

Lt Helton was my Squadron Commander at the Academy my first year in CS19. Entering the Wolverines after a tough freshman year, Joe made sure that I was taken care of. I can remember one night specifically when Joe came to check on me. I had been sick and Joe wanted to make sure that I was being taken care of. When he found me, he noticed that my arm was blue and that something was not right; he took me to the hospital to find that my arm was 13 degrees colder. As a responsible commander, he called my father and my AOC to keep them informed. From that moment on, I knew that Joe really cared about me and everyone in our squadron. I knew that he was the kind of leader that I wanted to learn from and be like.

From time to time throughout the rest of the year, Cadet Helton would find a moment to spare to offer encouraging words of wisdom. I am honored to have had the time to know Joe. He truly was the best leader and always led by example. I am an officer today, because Cadet Helton fought for me and made it possible for me to continue as a Cadet at the Air Force Academy. He told me to 'never give up and always remember that you have what it takes to be a great leader', 'you care about those under and around you and that is what will take you far in this career'. I owe so much to him.

I know that this story is only one small glimpse into the kind of leader Joe was, but hopefully it is one that can help others to know what kind of person Lt Helton was. I am blessed to have known him and I pray that his spirit lives on in all the lives he has touched. I will forever remember him...

Here's a toast...

Jess, USAFA '09
September 28, 2009

with deepest sorrow for the loss of your son. My daughter did graduate
with him form the academy in 2007. He was in a different squadron, but did
run into he at times there
michael kolcun houston,tx
September 24, 2009
It was an honor to have met you and an even bigger honor to have served under your direction. You are a great leader and a real hero, both of which i will always remember you.
September 23, 2009
I feel very fortunate to haveknown Joseph and his family. He was a model officer. It is with great pride that I remember Joseph and truly appreciate the sacrifice he and his family have made. My condolences to his mother, father and sisters.
September 23, 2009
I am so sorry for the loss of your son. I wish I could find words to ease your pain. I have much gratitude and appreciation for 1st LT. Joseph Helton’s bravery. Please know that I am thinking of you during this time of loss. You have my sincere condolences and sympathy.
September 23, 2009
May those who love this young man find comfort as they share their special memories of a short but well lived and fulfilled life, and may they be assured that many people around the world, who didn't have the privilege of knowing him, are sharing their sorrow.
Rest in peace 1st Lt Joseph D. Helton.
September 22, 2009
SO SORRY,ANGEL
September 21, 2009
My deepest condolences on your tremendous loss. Without brave and ulselfish men like 1st Lt Joseph Helton, I would not have the freedom I enjoy every day. It's my duty now to pay respect and thank him and his family for their ultimate sacrifice. Be proud of your Hero. God bless you in your time of need and bring you peace.
September 21, 2009
On behalf of myself, my husband and our four year old son- Our deepest of sympathies. He is a true hero and his sacrific was great. He has protected my own son by his great deeds and I am truely thankful!
September 21, 2009
Please accept our deepest sympathies. Joseph was a wonderful person. We all loved him dearly. We will miss him but never forget him.
September 20, 2009
To the family of Joseph Helton, no words can express the gratitude we have for the young men and women who protect us. We are sorry for your loss.
The Tevault Family, Poulsbo, Washington
September 20, 2009
I knew of Joseph through Jere, Janice, and Jordan. We go to church with them.
My grandson would be in Iraq now if he was not getting a medical discharge. I watched the procession go past our house and cried with you. May God give you comfort and peace in the coming days. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The Masters Family
September 20, 2009
My prayers go out to the family. I did not know your soldier but he was a hero to me. May GOD give you all strength at this time. I pray to meet him one day in Heaven.
September 19, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of grief. I had the privilege of serving under Lt. Helton during my deployment with Det.3 in Baghdad. Words can't express my sadness for his family and friends in this time of darkness. He was an outstanding leader and mentor and he will be greatly missed.
September 19, 2009
To the Helton Family,

I know there are no words to say at this time, except how sorry that I am. I truly feel your loss and pain. Joseph shall never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

For those missing in action;
for those who didn’t make it home.
I know you’re in God’s presence you are not alone.
For every neatly folded flag;
for every shattered family
I will do the only thing I know to dignify your memory.

I salute you, allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.

I salute you .

Every second you sacrificed
I hold you in my prayers.
So with one hand on my heart and the other in the air;

I salute you, allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.

I salute you.

A Proud Aunt
SGT.David M Fisher
KIA 12/1/04
September 18, 2009
Thank you Lt. Helton for being a great teacher and leader for all of us. You were an ambassador to the Iraqis of all that is good about our nation. I will always remember the example you set.
September 18, 2009
Thank You Joseph, you will never be forgotten.
September 18, 2009
My daughter graduated with Joseph from Monroe Area High School. He was a great leader, athlete and all around person. Thank you Joseph for your service to this country and all americans. You will never be forgotten. My condolences to Joseph's family. May God keep you in his wonderful arms and comfort you.
September 18, 2009
Joseph, you were a courageous and had such a great presence about you. You were you an inspiration and a wonderful friend. I will always look back and treasure our school years together. Thank you for your sacrifice and protection of me and our country. You will be greatly missed.
September 18, 2009
We send our sincere condolences to the family of 1st Lt. Joseph Helton. We hope that his living his life with purpose and direction will give you solace at this difficult time. Love from another military family whose son is deploying to Iraq soon.
September 18, 2009
Although my family did not know Lt. Helton personally, we need to acknowledge him publicly. With utmost respect we thank you for all that you sacrificed for us. Your honor and love for our country can and will never be taken for granted. As you now are experiencing your rest and peace in the Lord, I pray that God will cover your family with His protection and comfort them with His love.
September 18, 2009
Thank you 1st LT. Joseph D Helton... you are a true hero. We are free & safe because of men like you who give the ultimate sacrifice.
September 17, 2009
No words could ever express the appreciation I have, so I'll just say Thank you 1st LT. Joseph D. Helton. May we never forget you a true American Hero.

My prayers are with the family. May God bless, and give you strength.
September 17, 2009
Thank you for keeping us free. I for one appreciate your sense of duty and the love of our country.
September 17, 2009
After suffering a serious illness this spring, our son returned to the Air Force Academy to graduate DG with his class of 2009. Please accept our most sincere condolences for the loss of your son. We pray each day you gain more strength and courage from his memory and sacrifice as we walk this journey with you. Please know that you are not alone.
September 17, 2009
1st LT. Joseph D. Helton is a HERO! He gave his life fighting for our freedom. May the Lord give your family comfort and strength during this time.
September 17, 2009
Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your son and overwhelming graditude for his very courageous service for our freedom, a true hero. As a military mom myself, I can feel your pride and will be praying for you and your family as your brave son, and hero joins our good Lord in heaven. God Bless.
September 17, 2009
My son and daughter both went to school with Joseph and were in AFJROTC with him. From the time they met Joseph, any time they talked about him, they always said somewhere in the conversation that he was a great person. They truly like, respected and admired him. During the tough teenage years, speaking so highly of a peer is a tremendous compliment, one that Duane and Emmy gave freely regarding Joseph.

I pray that you will find comfort. I cannot imagine your loss. My God wrap his loving arms around you and hold you close.

Paula Franklin
September 17, 2009
God bless your entire family. I did not know Lt. Helton personally, but deeply appreciate the sacrifice he made for me and my family. Our prayers are with you.
September 17, 2009
Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of your son. He will always be remembered for the way he lived, a true Patriot.

Sincerely,
CPT Eric Rahman and family
US Special Operations Command
September 16, 2009
My prayers go out to Joseph's mother and sisters and everyone that knew and loved him.....As a mother, I could never bear the thought of having to bury a child, as a sister, the thougth of losing a brother is unbearable..just know that God never gives you more than you can handle..

I knew Joseph from when he was in high school at MACHS... I was his bus driver, bus 99-60, Ms. Dana... Jordanne and Jessica, my heart goes out to you girls.. I know how very much you looked up to him and how extremely proud you were and are of him.. He turned out to be not only your hero, but everyone else's in this great Country... and for that, WE are all eternally greatful for his sacrifice to his Country...

May God bless you all..

MS. Dana (aka Ms. Dana bus 99-60)
phillips58322@bellsouth.net
September 16, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and all of Joseph's friends at this difficult time. As a parent of a fellow 2007 grad, we feel your loss. May God give you strength.
September 16, 2009
1ST LT. Joseph Helton... no matter what i say it won't be enough... not matter how much i thank you and your family it won't be enough... cuz we lost you... a great guy who fought for what he believed in... for a man who fought for Country... Honor... and helping others...My country "Iraq", my people and specialy me we're all greatful, and thankful for you... for helping this country and its people... May god give the strength to your family, and loved ones.

{LT. Helton you're a real hero. May you rest in peace}
September 16, 2009
My sympathy goes out to Joseph's family during their time of sorrow. My daughter went to elementary school with him and we both remember Joseph well. We are thankful for his service and sacrifice for our country and are deeply saddened at the news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
September 16, 2009
The words and seniments expressed on these pages may not ease the pain you are feeling now, however it is our sincere prayer that in time you will be comforted in knowing how much your son is loved and appreciated for the sacrifice he has laid on the alter of freedom. As parents who have never had to give the life of their child so that others might be saved, it is impossible for us to know what you are going through, but God knows. As we think of your son, this passage comes to mind..."Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."(John 15:13)
From what we witnessed yesterday as the crowds of people stood in the rain to honor your son, it was evident that when he "...lay down his life...", he made many friends.
September 16, 2009
Our most gracious gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice you, your son and family has paid for our freedom. As Firefighters we understand the magnitude to which your son has made the ultimate sacrifice and volunteered to return for another tour, in spite of the everyday dangers he faced. May god comfort you and hold you and your family in his arms, and let you know that he is a "TRUE AMERICAN HERO" and he is in our thoughts and prayers, along with his family. He is looking down on us from Heaven now and to him we lift up our hearts and our souls and truly say from the bottom of our hearts "THANK YOU" my brother and my friend, God Bless you my HERO.....
September 16, 2009
I can only imagine what your family is experiencing during this moment in time. I think a lot of your family and am praying that God brings you encouragment and the strength you will need to face these next days ahead. I graduated with Jeanne from MACHS and my husband and I marched in the band together with her. I played soccer with Jeanne and thought a lot of her then. I am so sorry for your loss!
As Jeremy Camp sings, "There will be a day with no more TEARS, no more pain, no more fears. There will be a day when the burdens of this place, will be NO MORE.....we'll see JESUS face to face!" Hold on to that hope that you'll see Joseph again one day. We are thankful for the sacrifice Joseph paid for our freedom.
May God bless you and bring you peace.
September 16, 2009
Words could never express our gratitude for the price your son paid for our freedom. At this time of hurt and loss may God wrap his arms of love around you, and comfort you. When you feel you can't go on may you find peace and encouragement in knowing that your loved one lives on in each of you.
You are on our harts and in our prayers
September 16, 2009
Thank you to a real hero, who with such courage and compassion, gave his life for our freedom. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. God opened his arms and welcomed another angel home. God Bless you all.
September 16, 2009
Thank you for your service and sacrifice for our freedoms. I know you will still stand watch over us, as you walk the streets of heaven. Never forgotten, always loved, A TRUE American HERO!
September 16, 2009
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to your son for the extreme sacrifice that he paid for the freedoms that we hold dear. As friends of Jere, Janice and Jordan we have known for a long time just how special of a young man he was and we can only say that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you comfort and strength as you face the days ahead.
September 16, 2009
Thank you to you and your family for sacrificing yourself for my children and me. You are a true American hero.
September 16, 2009
You are a true hero. God has a very special angel with him now. You fought for what you believed in and for our freedom. My prayers are with the family of such an amazing young man and hero.
September 16, 2009
Prayers for the repose of Joseph's soul.

Prayers for all who knew and loved him.

Thank you Joseph for protecting us and keeping us safe.
September 16, 2009
Joey,

Our hearts ache for you and your family. Joseph is a hero and will forever live in the hearts and minds of the many people he touched.

God bless 1ST LT Joseph Helton.

The Terry Family
September 16, 2009
I thank you for the great job you've done standing in the gap where others can not .For Believing in our country so much to stand up & fight for what our grandparents believed in & stood for ! You are a true hero . My thoughts & prayers to your loved ones .
September 16, 2009
Joseph certainly took service before self to heart and we thank him for every second he spent serving our country. Our thoughts and prayers are also with him and family.
September 16, 2009
You paid the ultimate sacrifice. My heart breaks for the price you've paid.
You are and forever will be an American Hero. May you rest in peace.
September 16, 2009
I am grateful to everyone that brought Joseph through Monroe yesterday. It was a privilege to be there for him, his family and all the brave men and women that protect us on a daily basis. It's a very sad reminder for all of us. My condolences to the Helton family.
September 16, 2009
I cannot say it any better than The Robert's Family. Joseph did so much and touched so many in his short life. We will forever be indebted to his service to our country, his love of his family and all that he stood for. Thank you Joseph. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
September 16, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Everything Lt. Helton has done is very much appreciated!
September 16, 2009
Lt Helton and Family,
Thank you does not begin to express how I feel right now. May God comfort your family now and always.
Looking forward to meeting you in Heaven!
September 16, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of this young American hero. I stood in awe yesterday as the motorcade passed through Lawrenceville. All I could do was to salute this young man as the motorcade passed by. I know this is inadequate for such bravery. My heart goes out to you.
September 16, 2009
Thank you for everything you have meant to those of us who knew you and even the ones who didn't...the memories shared will last a lifetime. You are an American Hero and will be missed always. May God bless your family! They will all be in our thoughts & prayers.
September 16, 2009
Lt Helton may you rest in peace and may GOD bless your family as they go through this trying time.You are a True American Hero.
September 16, 2009
You have touched my heart forever. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the bravery and sacrifice you have made. Thank you for reminding me to be thankful for every moment of everyday..for it is because of you and those like you, that I can live in such a great country. God Bless America, and may you rest in eternal peace.
September 16, 2009
To the Family of 1LT. Joseph D. Helton, My prayers go out to your family. I didn't know your son, but he was a very brave young man and we thank him very much of fighting for our freedom.
September 16, 2009
I've met Joseph a few times . I wish it could of been more, but those few times left a lasting impression on my heart. I am sure that anyone who knew of even spoke to Joseph could see and feel what a wonderful person he was. Joseph gave his life so we can be free and enjoyed what he did. I have so much respect for him and all service men and women. As yesterday showed when Joseph was brought home, He is Loved and appreciated by so many. Even us who did not know him as well feel his loss! He is a True HERO! my thoughts and prayers remain with the whole Helton family as well with our town. Thank you Joseph may God Bless
September 16, 2009
Thank you for your service. It is such a selfless act to put yourself in harms way during a war for your countries freedom. I am deeply sory for the loss. I had the opportunity to be there during his transport to the cemetary.It was nice to see all of the support. I know he will be missed and God bless you all.
September 16, 2009
Thank you 1st Lt Joseph Helton for your bravery. You are a true American Hero. May you rest in peace and may God bless you family .
September 16, 2009
Thank you for all you have done. May you rest in peace. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God watch over this family in their time of saddness and sorrow.
September 16, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you peace.
September 16, 2009
To the Family of 1LT Joseph D. Helton,
I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't
know Joseph personally, but I do know
that he was a very brave young man.
Thank you Joseph.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of
the family.
September 15, 2009
Our family stood on the lawn of our church Tuesday on Hwy. 78 and watched the motorcade processional pass by. Our youngest son (just 8) waved his little flag and watched in quiet honor of this fallen hero we will never know, and he was deeply saddened by this loss, as we all are. One so young cannot understand such things. Then again, who can? What we do understand is that this young man answered a call, did his duty well, and has finished his course while paying the highest price for the freedoms that we too often take for granted. We are all most grateful for this ultimate sacrifice, and we pray that God will bless the Helton family with His peace in the days, weeks, months, and years to come. Please know that your loved one's sacrifice is appreciated and his loss is felt, even by strangers. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you be comforted by precious memories and by the knowledge that we all honor your son/brother. He is a hero!
September 15, 2009
Joey, Jiffy, and girls-- I know we can't say anything that will relieve the pain of your loss. Joseph was such a special young man. Our tears, prayers, and thoughts are with you. Please let us know if we can do anything. May you find growth with healing. Love, Mark, Patty, Grant, Alex, and Becca
September 15, 2009
I only met Joseph a handful of times, and can't remember two words I said to him, but he certainly was someone who left a lasting impression. He was my predecessor as commander of the Vanguard Knights later known as the Keith Grimes Corps of the ROTC at Monroe Area High School. I won't pretend to know him, but I do know that I have never heard anyone speak ill of him. He was driven, hard-working, modest, and just plain likable. He was intimidating, but kind. I remember looking up to him, even though I did not know him, and that is something to be said of a person. I cannot think of a better man than Joseph Helton. Many may be equals, but few greater. No person is better in my book than someone willing to give their life for people they don't even know. Joseph was one of those people. He gave his life so that we can be free and enjoy all that comes with freedom. I have never had such great respect for one individual than I do for 1LT Joseph D. Helton. May he rest in peace, and forever be remembered as the hero he was and is.
September 15, 2009
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
September 15, 2009
Thank you for the sacrifice you made for our freedom. May God bless the family and be with you all in this sad time. Our prayers are with you!
September 15, 2009
1ST LT. JOSEPH D. HELTON-True hometown
American Hero. May your eternal sacrifice never be forgotten! God bless you for your service, God bless your family and now more than ever, God bless America!
September 15, 2009
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I had the pleasure of working with his Grandfather for many years. I know he will be greatly missed by all. Please Lord help this family through this difficult time!
September 15, 2009
September 15, 2009

Thanking God for you and your service to Him and your country. Praying for the Helton family and asking God to surround them with the peace and comfort that only he can give!!
September 15, 2009
God Bless you 1st Lt Helton and your family you are a true hero to me and my family, your family is my prayers. I took my 9yr old to your procession through Monroe and she was truly touch as much as I was and came home and made a poster in your memory to hang in her room. You have touch many many lives in your bravery to serve our country! Thank you so much for your sacrifice. Even thoush many of us didn't know you personally you have truly impacted our lives. Rest in Peace, you are a true HERO!
September 15, 2009
I did not know Joseph Helton but I am ever in his debt for his service to our Nation. God bless Him and his family.
September 15, 2009
God bless you and your entire family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days, weeks, and months to come. Your son will always be a HERO in our eyes...
September 15, 2009
I never had the pleasure of knowing your son, I do know Jordanne. My heart ached for you today as I stood among the many to honor the sacrifice your son made for all of us. Today was the one year anniversary of the death of my son, from melanoma cancer. The death of a child is by far the greatest hurt that I believe you can have. A parent should never have to bury their child. But in Isaiah God clearly tells us that His ways are not our ways. I offer you my prayers for healing, for a life that you can eventually find peace again. I offer my sympathy from one mother to another mother. I know that our sons, are alive and well in their heavenly home, awaiting us there. May you find comfort in the scriptures, and peace and happiness in you memories of such a wonderful,brave, and loving young man. With all my heart I wish you peace. With sincere respect and great gratitude...Helen James
September 15, 2009
I know it's not much, but I just want to say thank you for the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. God bless you and comfort you in your time of grief.
September 15, 2009
There are no words to even begin to express our grief at the loss of Joe. From the moment we first met him as the roommate of our son, Adam, at USAFA, Joe was one of our family.

Without doubt he was among the most talented men we've known; an officer of great distinction, a man of deep character, a friend to everyone he met. We have all been positively influenced by our time with Joe, however long or short it may have been.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of despair, but someday perhaps you can take solace in that Joe is safely resting in the arms of his Creator, welcomed by his fellow HEROS, and will never, ever be forgotten for his sacrifice to keep our freedoms intact.

Well done, good and faithful servant! Resquiat in pacem.
September 15, 2009
I am so sorry for the loss of your dear son. May you be comforted by good memories, friends, family and Gods' promise that we will see our dead loved ones again. (John 5:28,29; Psalms 37:10,11,29)
September 15, 2009
I wish the very best for this young man's family. Joseph was a very respectful man and his presence will be missed.
September 15, 2009
God bless you Lt. Helton. Thank you for defending our freedom. I pray that the Lord will give your family and friends strength during this very difficult time.

Edmunds Family
September 15, 2009
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Helton family. My son, S.Sgt Jedediah Hudgins was friends with Joseph at McDill. When he called and told me about Lt. Helton he cried. I can not imagine getting that kind of news. May the Lord be with you both, to keep you strong and comfort your hearts.
September 15, 2009
Thank you for the sacrifice you so bravely made for the rest of us! Our condolences go out to the Helton's. Your son has made us proud.
September 15, 2009
Thank you and God Bless you and your family.
September 15, 2009
RIP LT. Helton.... You will be missed!

Sra Garrett
Det2 732 ESFS
September 15, 2009
I did not know Lt. Joe Helton but my brother Capt. Rick Martin was serving with him in Iraq. I know that this loss has greatly saddened him, for he thought of Joe as brother and a great friend. I am very sorry for your family's loss and will keep you all in my prayers. Joe was a true Hero for our country. I am grateful to Joe for his sacrifice, may God bless you all and comfort you during this difficult time.
September 15, 2009
When we met , you calmly and proudly (with that smile of yours) explained to me that your time deployed was a " Right of Passage". A time that was earned. A privilege. You were so passionate and could not wait to serve your country. We are forever in your debt Joe. To the Helton's, my heart hurts for you. I am certain that right now Joe is watching over Kirsten and all of his friends overseas and keeping them safe...that's what Joe would do. Forever our Hero. Forever Missed. Maureen
September 15, 2009
I had the luxury of meeting Lt Helton at Camp McGregor during training. I only had a few priviledged chances to speak with him between then and now, but when I did he always came off the same way: Positive.

The LT is a brave hero who is always remembered among those of us still here as a part of Det. 2.

"He which hath no stomach to this fight let him depart. But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother”.

May you Rest In Peace Lt Helton, my Brother
September 14, 2009
Jiffy, I am absolutely heartbroken to hear the news of your son's death. My prayers are with you, your daughters, and the rest of the family.

And to your son: "You have done your duty. Stand down and rest. The watch is ours!"
September 14, 2009
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
September 14, 2009
Our prayers and thoughts are with you!
Mt.Carmel Baptist Church
September 14, 2009
Hey LT I didn't know you but you are a fellow brother and it's always hard seeing another family member pass.

SrA Douglas McPhail
Det 3 732 ESFS
Oct 07-Oct08
September 14, 2009
I am sorry that you had to die for our freedoms that but so thankful! God bless and thank you for your sacrifice!
September 14, 2009
1ST LT. JOSEPH HELTON
you are my Hero may God keep you in his arms forever.
September 14, 2009
God bless you
September 14, 2009
We did not know Lt. Helton or his family, but we are both from military families and we want to tell you how much we appreciate Lt. Helton's service to his country and our hearts are broken for his ultimate sacrifice. Your family is in our prayers. Some gave all -- Jim and Donna Maines
September 14, 2009
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
September 14, 2009
Lt Helton was one of the finest Officers I have ever worked with. He was my Flight Commander during our tour in Baghdad and always lead form the front. There were several occasions when he would tell me he would go out on patrol so one of our Airmen could have the day off. He was always there for us no matter the time or issue. He set the example for everyone and inspired all Airmen with his honor, courage, proffesionalism, and kindness. He was truely one of a kind. To LTs family; I am so sorry for your loss. It was evident that he came from a wonderfull family and had a great upbringing. We may have lost a son, brother, friend, and great leader; but God has gained one in heaven. Rest in Peace LT you have earned it. I will always remember you and I hope I can live up to your example. You will be missed more than words can say.

TSgt Kristopher Green
Squad Leader, Bravo Flt
Det-3
September 14, 2009
My wife and I had the honor to meet Joe shortly before he began his USAF career. It was evident he was a fine human being and a young man with great promise.We were heartbroken to hear of his death and would like his family to know what a positive impression he made on us. Merrill & Susan Osterhout Hernando , FL
September 14, 2009
Rest in Peace Lt. Helton. Bravo Flight Commander of Det 3 732 ESFS, Baghdad Iraq. You sacrifice is one that won't be forgotten by the "RENEGADES". God Bless the fallen heroes family and his loved one.
September 13, 2009
Sorry for your loss.
September 13, 2009
Thank you 1st LT. Helton and family for representing our Country with Honor and Pride. We are grieved by the lose of Joseph, knowing his Spirit will continue through his family and friends we pray, will bring you peace and courage to face the days ahead.

From the family of SGT. Jonathan Adams
September 13, 2009
To the Helton family,
Our family and friends have been keeping your family in our prayers since our son called with the news of what happened. Our son is also Det 2; same squad that was attacked. It is quite evident from those who served with him that your son was quite a man. A leader among men. You were truly blessed to have been given such an outstanding son. We are so very sorry for the immeasureable loss you have suffered.
September 13, 2009
To the Helton family....We are heart-broken over the loss of Lt. Helton. Our son, Senior Airman Mark Pierce attended the memorial service yesterday for him. He is also Security Forces stationed at F.O.B. Falcon, doing the same job as Lt Helton. We know there are no words to ease your pain at this time. But take solace in knowing that your son is an American hero and he will always be in our prayers along with the rest of your family. God bless you and may Lt. Helton rest in peace. The Pierce Family, Gloucester, MA
September 13, 2009
To the family of Lt Helton, my hear breaks for you and I send my heartfelt condolences to you. I did not know your wonderful son, but I have been where you are. My son was also a SF member and we lost him in Iraq. If you would like to talk I will listen. God Bless your son and your family our prayers are with you.
Christine Herwick
Gold Star Mom of SSgt Travis L Griffin
732 ESFS Det 3 C Flight
322 SFS Kirtland AFB, NM
September 13, 2009
REST IN PEACE 1ST LT. HELTON, TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS MAY THE MEMORIES OF THIS WONDERFUL SOLDIERS LIFE FILL YOUR HEARTS WITH BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES
GOD BLESS YOU JOE
September 13, 2009
NO words I can say at this time will take the pain and hurt away of loosing your loved one. I want to thank him for paying the price he paid so we can still be free. My prayers are with you all. May the LORD give you peace. Myra
September 13, 2009
Lord, you have called us to be guardians of a nation founded on your principles. Whatever our tasks as Security Force men and women, we do them to serve you and Our nation.

We are proud to accept the responsibility of this high calling.

We dedicated ourselves to our vocation, and ask for guidance and courage in aiding our people to live with dignity, in safety and peace. We know that true security comes from your presence, so we pray with the psalmist:

You bless those who obey you, Lord; Your love protects them like a shield.

Use us, O Lord, as shields for your people, reflecting your security and peace.

AMEN
September 13, 2009
I DON'T KNOW THE HELTON FAMILY, I AM RETIRED FROM THE MILITARY AND JUST WANTED TO PRAY THAT THE FAMILY RECEIVES COMFORT THAT YOUR BRAVE SON DIED DOING WHAT HE BELIEVED IN. AND BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE HIM, WE AS AMERICANS STILL HAVE OUR FREEDOM. GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND MAY GOD GIVE YOU COMFORT AND PEACE IN YOUR HEARTS..
September 13, 2009
Final Roll Call

Did you hear the sad news today?
1Lt Joseph D. Helton, a brave USAF warrior has passed away.
Called by the Supreme Commander over all.
Today he has made his final roll call.

Come Brothers-In-Arms; let us reverently bow and pray
For our valiant comrade, who has fallen this day.
We’ll drape his casket with a banner of beautiful hues,
Those glorious American colors: red, white and blue.

That star spangled banner he gallantly fought to defend,
Unyielding and undaunted, he fought to win.
He fought bravely and he fought his very best.
Now the Supreme Commander grants him, “eternal rest.

With dignity and honor, we’ll commit his body to the ground,
The bugler will sound “Taps” and we’ll fire the volley rounds.
The final military honors we’ll render somberly and ever so sadly;
“Old Glory” we’ll solemnly precisely fold and reverently give to his family.

Each Memorial Day we will recall Joseph’s name,
And attest that his supreme sacrifice was not in vain;
For this lasting legacy he gave to all generations;
“It’s honorable to respect our flag and to defend our great nation.”

So close ranks fellow warriors, for our ranks are thinning.
We must keep on fighting and keep on winning.
With pride and honor we’ll march and stand tall,
And we’ll proudly - proudly - salute “Old Glory”
‘til we join Joseph at our final roll call.

Farewell 1Lt Joseph Helton - Be At Ease; Rest In Peace

In honor of our Fallen Heroes and their families. Copyrighted by Carroll R. Michaud
September 13, 2009
Our condolences goes out to 1ST LT. JOSEPH HELTON'S family.My son is a part of his team in Iraq.His passing is felt by his teammates.
If anyone can pass on my email to his family I would like to send a card to them . eastindian@hotmail.com
Hooah.
September 13, 2009
I was never fortunate enough to meet joeseph. I was roomates with one of his very close friends. I heard many many good things about him. Never once a bad thing was said.

Thank you LT. for what you gave to protect me and my family. Thank you to his family as well. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
September 13, 2009
My sympathies to Lt Helton's family and his unit. I'm deeply saddened by the loss of one of my SF brothers.
September 13, 2009
To the family and friends of Lt. Helton. There are no words to lessen the pain that you are going through. It will never go away, but maybe knowing that Joseph's sacrifice shall never be forgotten or less appreciated because without his efforts and those that have gone before him, this Country would not be the Great Country that it is today. Unfortunately, Freedom isn't Free and only those who have suffered the ultimate sacrifice of our loved one feels it the greatest.

Again, my deepest sympathy and if you would care to write, please feel free to do so. I feel and know your pain. Grandmother of A1C Elizabeth N. Jacobson,KIA Safwan, Iraq 28/09/2005 Sondra
September 13, 2009
Jennifer,
My prayers are with you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.
Janna Boone & family
September 13, 2009
Lt Helton and loved one's, Scott AFB Illinois saluted you this evening and forever. Rest your soul my friend.

Lt Schulz
USAFA 2006
September 12, 2009
My deepest sympathies go out to the family of Lt Helton. He paid the ultimate sacrifice for America and we are forever grateful. You will be missed! RIP.
September 12, 2009
Nothing I can say about Lt can even express what a loss this is for everyone who knew him. To the Helton Family, I know nothing can replace your loss, but please know as special as he was to you, he was to us. I've served for 15 yrs in Security Forces and he was by far the best Lt i've have the honor of knowing and serving with. He is greatly respected in the 6th SFS and will be sorely missed.

From one SF Defender to another, it is with great honor and respect that I render my last salute to you Lt. RIP, you will never be forgotten...
September 12, 2009
Helton Family,

My condolences for your loss. I was at Air and Space Basic Course with Joe in January 2008. He was an amazing person and he will never be forgotten. My prayers are with you.

RIP Joe.
September 12, 2009
My thoughts and pe with you family. I am also a military mom.What a brave young msn. I thank him for making a life saver. God Bless
September 12, 2009
May God be with you in your time of need. Lt Helton is a hero, he rests in everlasting peace.
September 12, 2009
1st Lt. JOSEPH D. HELTON
You are my Hero, may God keep you in his arms forever.
September 12, 2009
Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. He will truly be missed.
September 12, 2009
To the Helton family. GOD will find the time to heal the sorrow you feel at this moment for the loss of your son. Just know how man lives he touched and the friends and family you now have. GOD bless you for your sacrafice.
September 12, 2009
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

God Bless you Joseph, and your family.

135th MP Company, ARNG, Camp Striker, Iraq
September 12, 2009
The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to 1Lt Joseph D. Helton our Brother in Arms. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Joe. And to Joe it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the ultimate sacrifice he made while operating against enemy forces in Iraq. No greater love is shown than a man lay down his life for another. Joe, you are a brave Air Force Warrior, a true Patriot and a national Hero. With your passing, our Country has lost a National Treasure. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,341 members of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion in Shreveport, Louisiana, I extend our sympathies and our condolences to Joe’s family and loved ones.

Dennis N. Engdahl, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 S. Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109
September 12, 2009
I did not know Joseph, his family nor do I actually serve the US Military, I work for USAA and there is where we service the military.
Im my career we talk to, care for and listen to what our HERO's do daily for our country. We truely know what it means to serve and this young man did it well.
This young man paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country and our freedom!!!
We deal with this each day and it never gets any easier. We cry everytime just as we did for the last one and we pray that we do not have to shed anymore tears.. But we realize until our last soldier is home we will continue to cry and pray.

I am honered to know that 1Lt Joseph D. Helton served our country and did such a great job doing it.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and collegues he left behind. Know he is in a better place and his passing is not in vain.

We will pray for your healing and know there are people available to you in that darkest hour.

My family, friends and coworkers send 1 last salute to you 1Lt. Helton.

Good Bless and RIP our HERO
September 12, 2009
Your sorrow is our sorrow. Your loss is our loss. We are so grateful for your son's service to his Country, his family and God. I pray that God will help you find peace. You will be in our prayers. Our son Cpl. Joshua Reeves was also killed by and IED explosion. We live in Watkinsville & would like to help in any way that is needed. God bless you all.
Jean Reeves
September 12, 2009
I am also deployed with 1st Lt Helton's unit as many who have posted are. The Lt was a great inspiration, motivator and Hero who will never be forgotten. I am sorry for your loss.

SSgt James Hicks
September 12, 2009
Helton family - So very sorry for your loss. And also so very thankful for Joe's service. My heart just breaks for y'all right now. I hope soon you will be able to find peace.

Lamentations 3:31-33
For men are not cast off by the Lord forever.Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.

God's blessings on you.
~lisa, tim, abby, cooper & parker
September 12, 2009
I know that words cannot take away your grief, but I wanted and needed to offer your family my deepest condolences and prayers.
Maj. Sean B Baker D.O.
Fob Falcon
Batallion Surgeon
September 11, 2009
As a former Air Force SF I would like to offer my condolences to the family, friends, and everyone who served with Lt Helton. I only know what I've heard and seen from those who have served with him. Lt's are a dime a dozen, but Hero's like Lt Helton will live in the hearts of the men and women he served forever.
September 11, 2009
God be with your family. Your community will lift you up in prayers and we thank you for the man your son had become; clearly he is the definition of an American hero.
The Huenes, Monroe, GA
September 11, 2009
Thank you so much for allowing your son to make the sacrifices and eventually the ultimate sacrifice!!! He has helped us feel safe and protected. You should also be recognized for your unselfish support of this brave man. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you say good bye..Thank you,
Lynn Smith Long
Lawrenceville, GA.
September 11, 2009
I served with 1lt Helton in baghdad during the first six months of my deployment and during that time he made a great impression upon me as a leader and someone who is just there when someone needs to talk and for that i will always be thankful to him, RIP Lt you will always be in my heart!!
September 11, 2009
Friend of the Joseph's. Thanks for serving you wont be forgotten.
September 11, 2009
I am so sorry for you loss. Words can not express how much my heart hurts for you. I learned of your loss from my son. My son Robert and Joseph have been serving together in Iraq for the past few months. I have search the internet to find you to talk but haven't been able to locate you. When your ready I would like to talk to you and share stories of our beloved men (boys). Your son is a hero and even though I have never met him I love him and thank him for the ultimate sacrafise he paid to our country. I am praying for you and your entire family. Love in Christ, Jackie
September 11, 2009
From my family to yours 1st Lt. Joseph Helton. God Bless You for everything you did for our Freedom. It is because of people like you that we hold our heads high and say we are PROUD TO BE AMERICANS. You WILL be missed. Our prays are with your family. He was a great man.
September 11, 2009
Thank you for everything you've done for your country. It's been a long time since I've seen you, but you will never be forgotten. My prayers go out to your family. RIP Joseph
September 11, 2009
My brother served with 1LT Helton and was suppose to be in the vehicle that day. I do not know 1LT Helton but I am reluctantly confident that my brother is worse off without Joe. I hope Joe's sacrifice is not forgotten as I know my brother will never forget him. I wish his family the best during this time of great tragedy.
September 11, 2009
God bless and look after you. Rest now brother.
September 11, 2009
Lt helton was hands down the finest officer I've worked for, he placed the troops' welfare above his own, and was dedicated to the airmen. He was a great guy, and the U.S. military lost one its finest. Det 3 misses you sir.
September 11, 2009
Little Joey in first grade played with our little Ashley. They were always together. Both very smart kids and bound to do great things in their futures. We lost touch when they moved from Florida.
We are so proud of what Joey accomplished and happy he was doing what he wanted to be doing.
No words can express our sadness.
We know you will be greatly missed.
God Bless you and your family.
Brian & Kathy Bossenberger
September 11, 2009
I have been in the Air Force for nearly 8 years, been to Iraq 6 times. I've met and served under many officers, of all ranks, young, not so young, experienced, not so experienced. From my own personnal opinion, there are two types of young Officers, those who come in "knowing everything" and who let evereryone know they do and then make blatant mistakes and make excuses for them. Then there are the Officers who come in, sit back, watch, take in, learn and aren't afraid to ask questions. That is the kind of Officer, leader Lt Helton was, he would eat the chicken and spit out the bones, take the best of everything and somehow find a way to bring it all into one piece with little or no effort at all. He was truely the best Officer I've served under in my 8 years in. Saying "it's always the best who go first" couldn't be more fitting. Our career field lost an "asset" in you Lt. Officers like you don't come around much. You will be missed by many for at least as many different reasons.

SSgt Peter Casola.
September 11, 2009
I served with the Lt in iraq, great man and great officer. He was always there for the troops, the military lost a great officer. We all miss you sir.
September 11, 2009
From what I can gather , my son SSG Daniel Raschke, USAF, Security Forces served with 1st Lt. Joseph Helton in Iraq. However, I am not sure of their professional relationship.

My son being a man of few words says it all with these:

"RIP 1LT Joseph Helton. Friend, leader, warrior. You will be missed. 8 Sept 09"

Unkown to my son I post this and I salute Lt Helton and will hold him in the highest regard the rest of my life and offer my condolences to the family - God Bless you

John Raschke
Redford, MI
September 11, 2009
May you rest in peace LT. You are greatly missed and it's been a pleasure serving with you. You were truely a great leader and hero to us all. We will finish this mission in your honor and we know you'll be that angel watching over us.
September 11, 2009
The world lost a great leader and friend. He will certainly be missed.
September 11, 2009
My family and I would like to offer our deepest heart felt condolences to the family and friends of Lt. Helton. It was an Honor and privilege to have served with him. Lt Helton is a true HERO.
September 11, 2009
I met Lt. Helton while stationed at MacDill. From the first salute and handshake I knew he was a special person and officer. We lost a great Wingman, Leader, Warrior!
My deepest condolences to the Helton family and all who had the opportunity to know him.

SMSgt B
September 11, 2009
To the Helton family:

We are so grateful that there are men and women who are willing to voluntarily put themselves in harms way when country calls. Lt Helton's death is yet another reminder that freedom isn't free, and you are the ones on whom the burden falls most heavily at this time. Your son/brother will never be forgotten. As the father of another fallen hero, my heart breaks for all of you. My family is here for you if we can do anything for you.
September 11, 2009
My heart is absolutely broken for the Helton family and friends. I am a former USAF Academy Assistant Professor. Four months after your son graduated from USAFA, my son was also killed in Iraq.

If ever you want to talk, please contact me 24/7...I truly understand your pain and grief.

PROUD Mother of
SPC Dane R. Balcon
KIA, Balad, Iraq
5 September 2007
September 11, 2009
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
September 11, 2009
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Follow The Rainbow To Heaven.
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A Soldier had die out on the
battlefield;

Broken hearts are weeping For
Them,

But take comfort of knowing
that God had sent Them a
rainbow from heaven;

The Souls of the Soldiers
have gone to there home
in heaven,

Our Loved One's has follow
God's lovely rainbow in the
sky;

All the way to the end of the
sky.

That leads all the way to the
other end of the Lord's
house in heaven,

So just keep on praying and
trust that God will send us
that same rainbow in the sky;

Where Our Loved One's are
waiting For You and For Me at
the end of the rainbow in
heaven.

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September 11, 2009
I knew Joe when we were in the same ASBC flight. I only knew him for a short time but he made a big impression. He was a great person and a great officer who I as a fellow officer at the same stage in my career looked up to. He was a great leader and it showed. The US and the Air Force lost a bright part of its future that day. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family, you will all be in my prayers.

RIP "Fuzz"

-1Lt Andrew Radloff, USAF
September 11, 2009
To the Helton family, Joe was a great guy, a great classmate, and a great friend to us all at the Academy. Words cannot describe how great of a person Joe was, and will remain in our hearts forever as a friend and as a hero for our country. Joe, you will be sincerely missed by many, and may you rest in peace my brother.
September 11, 2009
What a powerfully sharp mind the Lt had, he was a gentle giant and could run like the wind with no noticeable effort. He knew followership as well as he knew leadership, the Air Force has lost some future light.

My most sincere respect to you Joe.

We offer our deepest sympathy to 1Lt Helton's familiy - all of 732 ESFS DET 2 is grieving with you, respectfully

CMS Dave Holman
September 11, 2009
Lt. Helton was a great leader that I greatly respected. We all here at Det 2 will never forget Him. My condolences to his family and friends.
September 11, 2009
September 11, 2009
Lt. Helton will be missed by everyone. He was a great leader and also had a positive outlook on life. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, and I have deeply sorry for your loss. RIP Lt. Helton
September 11, 2009
i served with Lt.Helton here at Det 2 and he was such a great leader and person. i had few conversations with him and he was a very smart man with a great personality. Lt. Helton will always be greatly missed and a man i look up to. I am sorry for the loss. you will always be remembered!
September 11, 2009
Lt. Helton; You are always in my thoughts and we will never forget you Sir. I hope you rest easy knowing we will finish this deployment to the best of our ability, for you Sir.
SrA. Andrew Nash USAF DET 2
September 11, 2009
I had the pleasure of knowing the Lt. when he was a senior at USAFA. He would spend his off time riding along with us (SF) on shift. He had dedication and motivation. A true leader and hero. LT you will be missed. RIP Fellow Defender
September 11, 2009
I am sorry for the loss of Lt Helton. I am very proud to be from the same hometown. He is a true HERO and his sacrifice will never be forgotten. Your family is in my prayers.
Captain Craig League, Walton County Fire Rescue, Monroe, Georgia
September 11, 2009
I’m extremely sorry for your loss. He was a patriot who took up a noble cause where most would turn the other way. Here’s a toast….

Capt Mark Sanchez USAFA Class of 2004
September 11, 2009
I served with Lt. Helton here at det 2. Lt Helton was a great leader who always had time to listen. He will be greatly missed. To the Helton family, I am sorry for your loss, always remember your son will always be a HERO.
September 11, 2009
My heart goes out to you and your girls and Mr. Holden too. Jiffy, I am so very sorry for your devastating loss. You all now have a very special angel to watch over you.
September 11, 2009
Rest in peace covered in a blanket of honor and the love of your nation.
September 11, 2009
Lt. Helton was a great leader and was someone who I greatly respected. Im very sorry for your loss.

SrA Thomsen
September 11, 2009
1st Lt. Joseph D. Helton was a great guy. I went to Hight school with Joseph and was also in JROTC with him. He was a great leader. You are miss my friend. My condolences to his family! RIP

SPC Del Buck
US ARMY
September 11, 2009
Joseph and I graduated high school together, went to Boy's State together, and was in ROTC together. We also were part State Championship Team for ROTC our freshman year. He was a great friend and an awesome person. He will be greatly missed by all. RIP Joseph, I know you died doing what you wanted to do, serving out county. Thank you so much!!!!
September 11, 2009
Im currently deployed with 1Lt Joseph Helton's unit in Baghdad and was about to go on patrol when we heard what had happened and learned that we had lost a great leader and a great man and also a great friend to many of us! We were priveledged and honored to have worked with him by our side! He will not be forgotten! My Condolences go to his family and friends!
September 11, 2009
First i am so very sorry for your loss!
I met the Lt. while at Ft. Bliss for our spin up training to go on this Deployment.

When i got pulled off of my mission in another sector we couldn't figure out why. Once we got back to the base we had heard rumor one of our squads had got hit with and IED, and there was only talk of casualties. Once we got the brief on what had happen and that we suffered a KIA it was crazy. Our Commander said that it was the Lt. i immediately started to cry.

All i could think about is how well he did his job and about how much influence he had on all of us that worked with him out here. Lt. is one of the Finest Officers i have ever met in my AF career and he will be missed by all. I cant help but think that the Lt. was more than happy to be in that seat that day instead of someone else. he wouldn't have rather had it any other way if that meant he was keeping someone else from losing their life. Absolutely a Hero.

Heavenly Father we do not question your divine plan for us, but in these times when our spirit lies in the shadow, when we are lost, we ask for your strength, we ask for strength to surpass all understanding. In your name we pray Amen.

Rest In Peace Lt.
September 11, 2009
Lt Helton was a great leader and Hero for the 732 ESFS DET 2. He will be greatly miss, his never give up attitude and other many skills marks those of a great leader, let it be known that hes in a better place now a place with no worries and no pain "A True Hero and new Angel who made the Ultimate Sacrifice for Iraq and all of us"

Cesar
September 11, 2009
I love you pal. Rest In Peace. Sully
September 11, 2009
Lt Helton will be dearly missed by all of us at Detachment 2. We grieve with his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them every moment. Lt Helton, God speed and God bless.
September 10, 2009
Lt. Helton, was a great leader for Cobra Flight as the Flight Commander, He will be missed. He always had a positive outlook on day to day operations, he will be missed by the whole 6SFS, Defensor Fortis. In his honor I render one final salute. RIP Lt.
September 10, 2009
I am Chris Henry I knew Joseph when he was in high school JROTC. He had a great positive vibe and was a great leader. My condolences to his family.

Sgt. Chris Henry
USMC
September 10, 2009
On behalf of the members of the Oklahoma Heartland Chapter of the Air Force Security Forces Association (AFSFA), our deepest condolences go out to the Helton family on the passing away of Joseph. We know that he is now in Heaven standing guardmount with all the other Sky Cops that have proceeded him there.
September 10, 2009
Lt Helton was a member of Flight G807, the Gryphons while at ASBC. I was his flight commander, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family. He was a great officer..may you rest in peace my friend....
September 10, 2009
To the family and friends of Lieutenant Joseph Helton,

My name is Jenna Grassbaugh and I am an Army Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps at Ft. Bragg, NC. Joseph's unit replaced my Company in Iraq in March of this year when we returned home to the United States after a 15-month deployment.

I am truly so very sorry for your loss. Words cannot even begin to describe the extent of my sympathy - I lost my husband, CPT Jonathan D. Grassbaugh on 7 April 2007 in northern Iraq and I understand better than most how deeply this kind of loss affects your entire life and future forever. I know all too well from experience that there are no words that can ease your pain - please just know that we are all thinking about you here at Ft. Bragg and send our prayers and most sincere condolences. I hope the knowledge that he is now in a better place with my husband Jon helps a little in the days ahead.

-Jenna
September 10, 2009
Im currently deployed with 1Lt Joseph Helton's unit in Baghdad and was on patrol when he was hit. He was a great leader and a great man. He is greatly missed. We all were priveledged and honored to have served with him by our side. We continue our mission now in his honor. Thank you to all who have offered their condolences.
September 10, 2009
We offer our heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of 1st. Lt. Helton, and we honor his distinguished service to the cause of freedom and liberty. Sadly, America has lost one of its finest heroes, the U.S. has lost a friend and protector, and a family has lost an example of character and courage, which they will love and respect forever. Today, because of the sacrifice 1st. Lt. Helton has made, the house of freedom is stronger, sturdier, and more secure.

To the family and friends, of 1st. Lt. Helton, I would like you to know that a lot of people pray for you, and my hope is that their prayers will give you the strength necessary to carry on. Just as you were always with him when he was deployed overseas, know that he will always be with you wherever you may be. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that 1st. Lt.Helton is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

1st. Lt. Helton the flag of the United States of America has your blood sewn into the fabric; it shall wave forever in your honor.

Freedom requires sacrifice the protected will never know.

Patriot Guard Riders of South Texas
September 10, 2009
September 10, 2009
Joseph was a wonderful young man. Joseph was loved by all that knew him. He was always one of those guys that if you had a daughter you would want your daughter to marry him. He was a good friend to my son, Eli. They graduated together. They played soccer together and Joseph was a big part of their soccer team. We loved to watch him throw the ball in from the sideline into the goal or very near the goal. It was unbelievable. That boy could throw a soccer ball. We always knew Joseph would be SOMEBODY. He is somebody. He is a hero and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
September 10, 2009
You will be our thoughts and prayers. The good die much too young!! He is a hero for defending our country.
September 10, 2009
I did not know Joseph, but I am honored that he fought for our country. My husband is in the Army and I am always worried. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during their time of need. Phil. 4:13
September 10, 2009
My Deepest and Most Heartfelt Sympathy goes out to the family of 1LT. Joseph D. Helton, with Profound Gratitude for this Brave Young Airman's Courage, Dedication and Service to our Country and for Freedom.

The price, Joseph and his family have paid, Will Never Be Forgotten. May he Rest Safely, in God's Care and may the Peace of God be with the Helton family.
I am the Sister of such a young hero, who made the Ultimate Sacrifice in Vietnam, many years ago

"Surely He hath borne our grief,
and carried our sorrows."
~ Isaiah 53:4 ~

May you find comfort and strength, in the beautiful memories of times spent with Joseph, and quietly and gently, may healing come, with each new day.
You are in my thoughts and my prayers.
September 10, 2009
Since meeting Joe in training, he was always one to listen and give good sound advice. His time was too short and he will be missed by all. I will hold a special place in my heart for Joe.
September 10, 2009
To the Helton family, I am so sorry for your loss and I hope you find peace. To Joseph, Thank you so much for what you did for us, I and my daughters are so thankful.
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