Thank you MSgt John M Benner for 21 years of service (13 Photos)

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Our friend, Johnny B, passed away today after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a true Airman, Mentor, Friend, Husband, Father and lover of bacon. He is survived by his amazing wife, Debby, their two wonderful children Zach and Lily, his mother, sisters and countless friends that he has made throughout the years. He served almost 21 years in the Air Force. Johnny B was a seasoned Combat Veteran with thousands of flight hours on multiple aircraft and his accomplishments are evident by the long list of awards and decorations:
Meritorious Service Medal with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Medal with 1 Silver and 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with 4 Silver and 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Combat Readiness Medal with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
National Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with 1 Silver Star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars
Kosovo Campaign Medal with 1 Bronze Star
Afghan Campaign Medal
Iraqi Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Overseas Long Ribbon
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border and 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force NCO PME Graduate Ribbon with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
NATO Medal
Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Saudi Arabia
Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Kuwait
To quote a mutual friend of ours, Dave Porter, “I sometimes wonder if maybe the real worth of a person is in the number of times in their life they made other people smile. If so, Johnny, you are priceless.”
We all love you, Johnny B and we are all deeply saddened with your departure from this world. Fly high into that wild blue yonder and we will all meet up again one day.

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  • Jenny

    Thank you MSgt John M. Benner and family for giving so much for our country

    • Gues

      I just heard about John Benner. I knew him when he was stationed on Ft. Meade Maryland.. My heart goes out to his family!!!

  • Ryan

    Thank you MSgt Benner. Its men like you that make me proud of my decision to enlist into the United States Air Force.

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  • JerrryB

    MSgt Benner, Thank you for all the sacrifices that you and your family have made over the years. Like Ryan said, you make me proud to be in the USAF.

  • Maria

    We will all miss Johnny B. His smile is unforgettable. Please keep his family in your prayers.

  • Bill

    So glad to have known this great person who brightened my day many times.

  • ashleyging

    I'm sorry for your loss guys, he seems like an amazing man.My prayers and condolences

  • Chiver

    Thanks a lot Sir.

  • mongoose

    R.I.P. Master Sergeant…and thank you.

  • Masterofnone

    I served with Frank Sorrells, and he loves his Air Force. If he's writing this about another airman then MSgt Benner was truly special. Thanks goes to his family who put up with a military man, and I'm sorry for your loss so early in life.

  • fox06

    MSgt John M. Benner will forever be watching over his family and his country. thank you sir for all you have done.

  • Jimmy

    Thank You MSgt Benner for your many years of duty. My prayers and condolences to the family, lost a good man and soldier way too early.

  • Kevin

    Rest in peace my friend. I will treasure the memories of you sitting to my right on the jet and your ability to take the worst day and get everyone laughing…

  • Chris

    Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
    Of sun-split clouds – and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
    I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air.
    Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
    I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
    Where never lark, or even eagle flew –
    And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
    The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
    Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

    ….Thank You MSgt Benner

  • Nancy

    My cousin John…you are a true hero. To our country and to our family. May we meet again one day in the pearly skies of heaven. Love, Nancy

  • Bess cousin/friend

    We, his family thank you all for the wonderful comments..John joined the USAF in 1985 and never looked back..he loved his work and the guys he served with..we were often out of touch with him for long periods of time early on but the internet help bring us all together again these last few years..We always worried when he "was away" but he took it all in stride and always reassured us that he was just fine and there was really nothing to worry about…since his retirement and we actually have seen his decorations and commendations, cause he never mentioned them, we have truely started to understand his level of commitment, dedication, professionalism…he is a true hero to us all, our children look to him a role model and there is none better…we have all loved him since birth and respected him and honored him for becoming the man who served his country so bravely and for the dad and husband which he felt was his most mission out of so many..The United States of America has lost a great champion and we have lost a huge part of our hearts…my he rest in peace and never be forgotten…

  • Robb

    I fought/flew/drank along side of JB for 20 years. He was a true friend, and touched more lives than he'd ever admit to.The world is a little darker without his light.

  • Rob

    Severed his country, his name in the history books as the highly decorated man he was—forever. My condolences to the family for hes loss and the hardships endured with a man who gave his life when and where his country asked him.


  • Little Ray

    If you'd like to make a donation to help out the family, there's a paypal account setup at:

  • Ron Bitten

    Proud to have served and flown with you Johnny B. You are loved – you will be missed. Prayers for Debbie and kids and memories to last a lifetime…

  • Kim Sorrells

    A touching story about a wonderful man. I didnt know him personally other to share a few emails. But what a sweet man he was.
    Great job on the tribute :)
    I pray for his family and friends to find comfort with his passing.

  • Becky Ramsdell

    When John was born – as one of his sisters we knew he was something special (as he was the only boy), but it has been so heart warming to hear that he also touched the hearts of so many during his military career….We miss his amazing smile, that twinkle in his eyes & of course his wonderful sense of humor…

  • Erik L. Wallock

    With being retired from the Army with 21 Years, it is the unknown Mentorship, Friendship, and true Dedication to all who served with him that will leave its mark. RIP Brother we have the Con.

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