Courage. Commitment. Bravery. Strength. These words resonated through the quiet gathering of friends, families and community members during the Fort Bliss Field of Honor Ceremony May 17 on West Bliss.
Guest speaker Brig. Gen Leigh R. Tingey, deputy commanding general for 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss, spoke on the relentless dedication to service that defined the life of Spec. Avadon A. Chaves.
“He made the decision to serve and embodied everything the Army and the nation looks for in a Soldier, said Tingey. “Spec. Chaves was known for being a kind and loving family man. His selfless service is a lesson to us all.”
His surviving spouse, Tesa Chaves lovingly remembered her husband’s sense of humor.
“He made everyone laugh and had a huge heart for family and friends. “My best memories are of our wedding day, they will stay with me forever,” she said.
Chaves was remembered on a bronze monument that displays the names of 1st Armored Division Soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice since Sept. 11, 2001.
The California native was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team at Fort Bliss. He entered the U.S. Army on Aug. 8, 2015. His first assignment was B Company1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment as a Grenadier. Chaves died Dec. 20 2017 in Iraq.
“Let this Soldier’s name, and the name of the 94 other Soldiers be a reminder of why we serve,” Tingey said. “I implore you to visit this monument and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to this country.”
The Fort Bliss Memorial Day Ceremony will be held May 27, 9 a.m. at the Fort Bliss National, Cemetery.