CHAMBERSBURG, PA. -- Five years ago, Staff Sgt. Daniel Lightner of Hollidaysburg, Pa., gave his last full measure of devotion during combat in Iraq.
On Wednesday, Letterkenny Army Depot gave the fallen soldier and his family an honor beyond medals and flags when it named the Missile Monitoring and Certification Complex after him.
"It's a fitting tribute to a real hero that this complex is being dedicated in his memory," said Brig. Gen. John Gronski, assistant adjutant general of the Pennsylvania National Guard.
Hailed previously as a "one-stop shop" for the Patriot surface-to-air missile system by past Commander Col. Steven Shapiro, the depot celebrated reaching initial operational capacity Wednesday.
Naming the complex after Lightner bestowed upon him an unmatched honor, said Lt. Gen. James Pillsbury, deputy commanding general for U.S. Army Materiel Command in Alexandria, Va.