In Remembrance of Sergeant Dwight W. Burn 9 April 1987-3 May 2014 SGT Dwight William Burn was born in Belize, Central America on April 9, 1987. He immigrated to Hinkley, California in 1991, graduated from Barstow High School in June of 2005 and attended Barstow Community College for three semesters. SGT Burn joined the United States Army on May 11, 2010 at the age of 23. After graduating Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, in July of 2010, he attended Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Eustis, Virginia. He graduated AIT in December 2010 as a CH-47 Repairer and Maintainer, and received the coveted Aviator Basic Crewman Badge. SGT Burn reported to Fort Bragg, NC, and was assigned to Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade. He quickly progressed to a fully qualified crew chief and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from September 2011 to September 2012. During that time, he served at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Sharana and FOB Shank, accumulating over 600 combat flight hours in the RC East region of Afghanistan. After redeployment, SGT Burn rapidly achieved his goal of becoming a CH-47 Flight Engineer and was promoted to Sergeant on November 1, 2013. SGT Burn's awards and decorations include the Meritorious Unit Citation, Air Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and the Certificate of Achievement. SGT Burn gave the ultimate sacrifice on May 3, 2014 serving as the Flight Engineer for his CH-47F helicopter while conducting high-altitude training at McGregor Range Complex, New Mexico. SGT Burn is survived by his two daughters Violeta and Vivian; his brothers Sean and Gregory Burn; his mother Judith Burn of Barstow; his father Romel Perdomo; his brothers Eddie Dave, Romel Jr., Said, Jaime and Edwin; his sisters Anaceli, Magalie and Perla; his grand- mothers Eloisa Burn and Perla Perdomo; and several uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces. Services will be held on May 24th at noon at Akes Family Funeral Home, 9695 Magnolia Ave., Riverside CA 92503; 951-785-4071.
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Published in the Daily Press from May 22 to May 24, 2014