The Captain Kyle Comfort Memorial Foundation announces its third annual 5K Walk and Run on Saturday, November 10 at 8 a.m. at McClellan Medical Park in Anniston.
The race is named for JSU ROTC alumnus Army Capt. Kyle A. Comfort, a Fire Support Officer who was killed in action on May 8, 2010 while serving his country in Operating Enduring Freedom in Helmund Province, Afghanistan.
Capt. Comfort, of Saks, Ala., received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from JSU and was commissioned from the JSU ROTC Gamecock Battalion on Dec. 15, 2006. At the time of his death, Capt. Comfort was assigned to Company D, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga. He left behind his wife, Katherine Brooke Comfort; their daughter, Kinleigh Ann; and his mother, Ellen Comfort. Capt. Comfort's funeral procession with full military honors was on May 17, 2010 in Jacksonville. Crowds lined the street to pay tribute to the fallen soldier as his procession made its way to Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Capt. Comfort's final resting place.
The Kyle Comfort Foundation was established to raise money to assist our nation’s wounded military and their families. Financial grants are available to accommodate travel to and from military hospitals, continuing medical care, rehabilitation equipment and modifications to their homes. In addition, support items ranging from games and toys to magazines and comfort items for families in waiting at locations in the U.S. and, soon we trust, in Germany are also provided by the Foundation. To date, the Foundation has assisted wounded warriors across the United States and locally, including five local heroes, SFC Aaron Causey, SGT Ben Tomlinson, LCpl Cody Overton, SPC Josh Wetzel, and PFC Corey Garmon.
Registration for the Cpt. Kyle Comfort Memorial Foundation 5k Walk and Run is $25 for adults, $20 for children 18 and under.
Photo: Capt. Kyle Comfort (courtesy)