Today was the dedication of the LTjg Francis Toner IV Firehouse on Camp Spann. It was a solemn occasion. LT Toner was an engineer by trade. He was the Northern Region Garrison Engineer, and as such mentored the Afghan base engineers and by all accounts did a superb job. He also planned buildings on the Camp. The most significant of which is the firehouse that now bears his name. He was spoken of as a good friend, a motivator and a Godly man.
Like many of us who are here from the Navy, LT Toner was an Individual Augmentee. He was stationed in Hawaii. He went through workup training at Ft Riley.
On 27 March 2009 LT Toner was running laps around the perimeter of Camp Shaheen. Camp Spann is located within the limits of Camp Shaheen. He was running with a buddy as were two female Naval Officers. On their second lap around the perimeter an ANA guard came down from the tower and shot the two female sailors. LT Toner with no regard for his own safey charged toward the assailant. He was fatally shot while attempting to protect his comrades. The assailant then took his own life with his weapon. LT Toner is survived by his spouse Brooke Toner and his parents. LT Florence Choe, USN was killed by the insurgent/traitor as well.
Let us remember his actions and life proudy.