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Honor Mission
Vance August Hedin – Lt Col, Retired
USAF – Vietnam
Edgewood, New Mexico – 02-24-21


The Patriot Guard Riders of New Mexico have been invited to honor our fallen brother, Vance Hedin. Vance was born a farm boy in southern Idaho. He was active in the Scouts as a youth, reaching the rank of Eagle Scout. He became a highly decorated fighter pilot with the USAF, serving in Vietnam where he received the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was also an electrical engineer with the weapons lab on KAFB. After his honorable military career, Lt Col Hedin continued to serve his country in the private sector. He worked with Logicon and Northrup Grumann, consulting on the design of mirror imaging on satellites. After a second retirement, Vance and his spouse developed Optical Engineering Systems and Evaluation, a consulting LLC to the Air Force. His careers afforded him the opportunity to take his family around the world! Even though he loved flying, Vance’s heart was grounded in his hometown of Preston. He was very active in his church, serving a mission as a young man in Sweden, his father’s native land, and later with his wife in a senior couple mission in Finland. Vance will be remembered for his ready laughter, strong work ethic, sense of humor, love of music, willingness to help others and perpetual kindness.

Staging Time: 08:15 AM

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
18 County Rd (2 blocks South of I-40)
Edgewood, New Mexico

Ride Captain:

Billy “Bam Bam” Crain

Special Instructions:

Briefing: 08:45 am
Flagline: 09:00 – 09:30 – for 10:00 Services.
KSU: 12:00 +/- For escort to Santa Fe National Cemetery, 501 Guadalupe St., Santa Fe, NM 87501.
Honor Services: 1:30 pm
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water will be provided.

Submitted By: Daniel Rambow
Position: New Mexico Ride Captain

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