Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Rally For Moose

Dear Sponsor,

            We are writing in hopes that you will join us to honor the memory of Lt. Col. Morris “Moose” Fontenot at the Rally for Moose Cross Country Run at Ashley Reservoir on Sunday, November 9 at 1:31 PM, the starting tome symbolic of the 131st Squadron.
      A natural leader, a stellar flight instructor, a “difference maker”, a decorated Air Force Officer and, most importantly to him, a father and husband, Moose joined the 104th Fighter Wing in March as a full-time wing Inspector General, and was killed on Aug. 27 when his plane crashed in Virginia. He had a distinguished and highly-decorated career in the Air Force but decided to transfer to the Air National Guard last year mainly to be able to set up a permanent home for his daughters, Natalie and Nicole, who are a sophomore and freshman at Longmeadow High School. His career included five overseas deployments and 2,300 hours flying, with half of that serving as an instructor. In the air, he led teams to war and on tactical training missions. In Washington, he was a leader as a congressional fellow at the Department of Defense.
   The role he will forever be remembered by is father, “Natalie and Nicole you know how much your daddy loved you and he was so proud of you,” Fontenot’s wife said speaking directly to her children at a memorial ceremony at Barnes on September 7. “He loved you more than his Air Force career and flying F-15”.
  Moose gave himself every day to everyone. It is that spirit that his friends and Air Force family have set up the Fontenot Family Memorial Fund to assist them with housing and education costs. The Rally for Moose Cross Country Run will attract 1,000 runners from across Western, Ma and be a highly visible community event in the media.
  Please review the sponsor form and consider helping honor the legacy of Lt. Col. Fontenot. A member of our committee will follow up shortly to answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me directly at or (413) 858-5514.

With sincere gratitude,
Lt. Col. Jed “Chowda” Conaboy 

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