The Family of Major James Spidel has asked the Patriot Guard Riders to stand in honor of James service to his country, Major James Spidel has served in the U.S. Air Force from 2011 to present in Operation Enduring Freedom.
A 2011 graduate of the Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Systems Engineering Management, James received his pilot wings in 2012, training on the T-38. His first flight assignment was flying the C-130J out of Dyess Air Force base in Abilene, Texas. During this time, he was deployed to Afghanistan where he flew 55 successful combat missions, including a mission in which he landed a damaged aircraft, saving the lives of the four crew members and the aircraft itself. James’ career as a pilot allowed him to fly all around the world, which brought him great joy. He received
2x Air Medal; 17x Aerial Achievement Medal; Air Force Commendation Medal; 4x Meritorious Unit Award; 3x Air Force Outstanding Unit Award; Combat Readiness Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Remote Combat Effects Campaign Medal; Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon; 3x Air Force Longevity Service Award; Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon; Air Force Training Ribbon; North Atlantic Treaty Organization Campaign and Service Medal.
A public funeral will be held on Sunday, May 31, at Antrim Brethren In Christ Church in the Family Life Center, 24 Kauffman Rd E, Chambersburg, PA 17202. Visitation will begin at 1pm, followed by a service at 2pm.
Major James Spidel is a true American Hero who has served this Country with Honor. Now it’s our turn to stand and honor him.
Social distancing will be observed. Please bring masks.
Visitation: Sunday May 31, 2020
Staging: 1230 Hrs.
Viewing: 1300 Hrs.
Service: 1400 Hrs.
Antrim Brethren in Christ Church
24 Kauffman Rd E Chambersburg Pa 17202
For mission information, contact:
Eric M. Cramer, Veterans Liaison East