WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) yesterday sent a letter to Major General William D. Razz Waff, Commanding General of the United States Army Reserve’s 99th Regional Support Command, in support of efforts to rename the Army Reserve Center in Forks Township, PA for Sergeant Ashly Lynn Moyer. Sergeant Moyer, a native of Emmaus, PA, was killed in action by an improvised explosive device (IED) while serving her country in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“It is fitting that an Army Reserve Center located in the Lehigh Valley be named for a courageous local soldier who paid the ultimate price defending our nation,” Rep. Dent said. “Sergeant Moyer was a true hero and inspiration to us all. Memorializing this remarkable woman will ensure she continues to inspire future generations of citizen soldiers.”
Text of the letter is below:
June 7, 2011
MG William D.R. Waff
Commander, 99th Regional Support Command Cmd Group, 99th RSC
5231 South Scott Plaza
Fort Dix, NJ 08640
Dear Commander Waff:
On March 3, 2007, my constituent US Army Sergeant Ashly Lynn Moyer gave the last full measure of devotion for our nation as she fought and died in Iraq. In tribute to her valor, service, and ultimate sacrifice, it is an honor and privilege to request that the United States Army Reserve Center (USARC) in Forks Township be named in memory of Sgt. Moyer.
The story of Sgt. Ashly Moyer’s bravery began when she enlisted in the United States Army Reserves in September of 2003 and completed One Station Unit Training to become a member of the 367th Military Police Company in Horsham, Pennsylvania. That assignment led to her deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. At her request for conditional release to join the Active Duty, Sgt. Moyer was ordered to the 630th Military Police Company in Bamberg, Germany. Her unit was then ordered to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Baghdad, where Sgt. Moyer was killed in action by hostile fire when her Humvee was destroyed by an enemy improvised explosive device.
Sgt. Moyer was interned March 16, 2007, at Arlington National Cemetery, and her family – themselves steeped in fine military tradition with her Marine grandfather and father having served in the Korean and Viet Nam wars – accepted with proud but grieving hearts Ashly’s Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Achievement Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster), and the Combat Action Badge. The Lehigh Valley has embraced the Moyer family and the personal courage and noble actions of Sgt. Moyer, and to have her memory, legacy, and name live on through the United States Army Reserve Center in Forks Township holds meaning for all of us beyond that last full measure.
Thank you for your close and careful consideration of this request that is a fitting tribute to Sgt. Moyer’s bravery and sacrifice.
With best wishes,
Charles W. Dent
Member of Congress