JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-CHAPMAN TRAINING ANNEX, Texas—Chief Master Sgt. Todd M. Popovic, Special Warfare Training Wing, or SWTW, command chief, leads a formation in memorial pushups after a memorial log carry for fallen airman, Lt. Col. William Schroeder, at the SWTW located on Joint Base San Antonio-Chapman Training Annex, or JBSA-CTA, Apr. 8, 2021. The memorial log created for Schroeder, along with three 600-pound each workout worms, were all carried on a path that navigated through past areas of the former 342 Training Squadron Schroeder commanded. Service members swapped places to carry the logs and then assembled around the SWTW flagpole and the Circle of Honor to perform a memorial push-up ceremony. A tradition amongst the special warfare community to honor fallen members. On April 8, 2016, Maj. William “Bill” Schroeder, 342 Training Squadron, commander, who was a special operations weather officer, was killed on JBSA-Medina Annex in what became a murder-suicide. An Airman facing a disciplinary hearing arrived at the office and began shooting. Schroeder’s reaction is credited with saving the life of his First Sergeant, and potentially many others. (U.S. Air Force digital photo by Andrew C. Patterson)
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