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ALS project salvages bricks to form a legacy

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Altus Air Force Base volunteers from the Airman Leadership School and other units collect and stack brick from a house scheduled for demolition Dec. 3. The bricks will be used to build a memorial walk at the ALS flag pole honoring World War II and Korean War veterans who have supported the ALS. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Michael Fletcher)

Volunteers from the Airman Leadership School and other units at Altus Air Force Base collect and stack bricks Dec. 3, from a house scheduled for demolition. The bricks will be used to build a memorial walk at the ALS flag pole honoring veterans who have supported the ALS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Fletcher)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- On a bright, sunny Monday at Altus Air Force Base, volunteers took bricks headed for demolition and gave them a new, more prestigious purpose.  

Salvaged from a house scheduled for demolition in the military family housing area Dec. 3, the stones that have housed warriors and their families for years will now help honor those who have stood tall in answering the nation's call.  

"We collected about 20,000 pounds of bricks, said Tech. Sgt. Roger Littlefield, Airman Leadership School flight chief.  "They will be used for a brick paver -- a memorial walkway that will be built across the street from the Airman Leadership School."

Sergeant Littlefield said plans call for a brick paver on each side of the ALS flag pole.  "The left side will honor the combat veterans who have been guest speakers at the ALS or spent their time visiting with the Airmen. The right side will recognize the six enlisted Air Force Medal of Honor winners."  

He added that future plans may include a row of names of the Altus AFB enlisted Purple Heart recipients. 

The ALS cadre is currently looking for a company to engrave the names on the red bricks and planning additional landscaping for the area around the flag pole. 

Government Military Housing, manager of the privatized housing at Altus AFB, donated the bricks for the project.
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