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Intelligence community honors late Airmen’s legacy

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  • By Master Sgt. Rachelle Blake
  • Seventh Air Force Public Affairs

The 694th Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group recently honored the legacy of Capt. Tranay Tanner with the completion of a unit lactation room, a project the late Airman had undertaken during her tenure at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea.

Four years prior, the room housed conference room communication equipment and nursing mothers did not have a designated space.

“She identified a problem, took time and stayed with it,” said Col. Gary Floyd, 694th ISRG commander. “I appreciate the determination. It exemplifies our core values.”

Tanner, with the help of her teammates, cleared the room and furnished it as best they could with plans to enhance the space as funds became available.

Unfortunately, she was reassigned to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, where she unexpectedly passed away, and was never able to see the room completed.

“The mother’s room was a project near and dear to her heart,” said Lt. Col. Paola Ondina, 6th Intelligence Squadron commander. “She recognized mothers didn’t have a safe place to go, so she took it upon herself with only elbow grease and determination. It is her legacy.”

She was so admired by her unit that letting the task fall by the wayside was never an option. Leading the team, Master Sgt. Charles Danila, 694th ISRG mission support superintendent, secured $14,000 which funded items such as light construction, new furniture and a portable sink.

“Capt. Tanner was very happy and had such a positive attitude,” Danila said. “I had to bring her project to completion.”

The unit has also renamed their conference room the Tanner conference room and hope to renovate it as well.

“Capt. Tanner lived the Tiger’s truth – she never let a problem pass her by,” said Ondina. “While she is not here with us physically, she is here with us spiritually. She was an incredible person who is very missed.”