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Letters from the families, to the McEntire family

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  • 169th Fighter Wing

To the McEntire Family,
As most of you know my Wife, Wendy, lost her fight with cancer after a very short battle. We found out on July 17th and she passed away October 5th. Those weeks were the hardest weeks we have ever gone through, but they would have been unbearable without the support of the McEntire family. My wife was truly touched by the outreach of support shown by everyone, and I've never been prouder to be a member of this unit. Words cannot express how much I will miss my wife, but your support and caring over these past few weeks has made my burden so much easier to bear. I could not ask for better friends and family than you. Again I thank you for all the prayers, thoughts and love everyone has shown me and my family.

Your brother in Arms and Christ, Mark Tanner
To McEntire Air National Guard, "Our Other Family",
Thank you so much for everything y'all have done for us in honor of my wife, Senior Master Sgt. Lisa Marie Dinger Dinkins. Lisa was amazed by all the love and support y'all showed her and the rest of our family. Thank you so much for all the prayers, fund raisers, the groceries, the home cooked meals and taking the time to make sure we were okay or if we needed anything.
Thank you for the way you honored her at her funeral service. It meant a lot to our entire family. It is amazing how y'all take care of one of your own. Lisa loved being in the Honor Guard. She felt it a privilege to serve. You surely take care of your own. The Honor Guard did an awesome job at her funeral. The one thing she loved the most was serving her country.
I am so proud of my wife and her accomplishments at McEntire, being a service member for the Untied States of America, as a civilian, a loving wife and mother to our two kids Taylor and Cody. Lisa is my best friend, but even more than that she is my Hero and I'm proud she served here at McEntire.

With greatest love and respect to our other family, God bless,

Bill, Taylor and Cody Dinkins