Dover Air Force Base memorial held for missing airman

A service to honor the life of Senior Airman Keifer C. Huhman was held at the Dover Air Force Base chapel on Friday afternoon. Senior Airman Huhman was last seen on Feb. 7 and was declared deceased Tuesday. (Submitted photos)

A service to honor the life of Senior Airman Keifer C. Huhman was held at the Dover Air Force Base chapel on Friday afternoon. Senior Airman Huhman was last seen on Feb. 7 and was declared deceased Tuesday. (Submitted photos)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE – Officers, airmen and the friends and family of Senior Airman Keifer C. Huhman gathered together at the Dover Air Force Base Chapel Friday afternoon to remember the life of the airman last seen on Feb. 7.

“This week, we bid farewell to one of our own,” said Maj. Stacie A. Rembold. “Each of us will forever carry our personal grief and even though Keifer isn’t here physically, I honestly believe he’s still with us spiritually.”

Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth Huhman recalled the life of his son, Senior Airman Keifer C. Huhman, on Friday afternoon at the memorial service. He emphasized the importance of making the day a celebration of Keifer’s life rather than mourning his death.

Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth Huhman recalled the life of his son, Senior Airman Keifer C. Huhman, on Friday afternoon at the memorial service. He emphasized the importance of making the day a celebration of Keifer’s life rather than mourning his death.

Mr. Huhman enlisted in 2012 at the age of 18 and was assigned to Dover a few months after completing basic training.

He became a part of the Dover Mission Support team on Jan. 4, 2013, and began training as a Cyber Surety Journeyman with the 436th Communications Squadron.

Maj. Rembold explained the loss has been difficult for the squadron but has brought them closer than ever over the past month.

She recalled feeling a motherly concern for Mr. Huhman when he recently took up riding motorcycles –– just one of his many hobbies.

Since coming to Dover he had become close with other airmen based on his tech savvy and love of sports, video games and movies.

“He was family in every sense of the word. And since I’m a little older, it was always like he was my little brother,” Senior Airman Matthew Snyder said.

But Mr. Huhman didn’t only excel socially, he frequently performed above the standard of his rank –– briefing his superiors and pulling off cyber security measures hours under the goal time.

He was described by members of his squadron as an exemplary airman, proud to serve his country and fto ollow in his father’s footsteps.

Mr. Huhman is survived by his mother, father, step-father, step-mother. and five brothers and sisters.

“We used to talk about a day like this. How to stay strong and celebrate life, not mourn death,” said his father, Kenneth Huhman. “But in those conversations we were always talking about me, never him.”

The colors were displayed in the DAFB chapel on Friday afternoon before a service to honor the life of Senior Airman Keifer C. Huhman.

The colors were displayed in the DAFB chapel on Friday afternoon before a service to honor the life of Senior Airman Keifer C. Huhman.

Reach staff writer Ashton Brown at abrown@newszap.com. Follow @AshtonReports on Twitter.

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