More than seven years after the death of U.S. Army Pvt. Nick Madaras, U.S. Army Col. Thomas Boccardi, Joint Task Force-Bravo commander, still vividly remembers the night of the hero flight that carried the fallen soldier home from Iraq.
Pvt. Madaras was one of Col. Boccardi’s soldiers during a deployment to Iraq in 2006. He was killed by an improvised explosive device, Sept. 3, 2006, just a few months before his unit was scheduled to return home.