Manda Bay, BMA name facilities for fallen service member

A memorial for U.S. Army Spc. Henry “Mitch” Mayfield, Jr. sits inside the Henry Mayfield Jr. Dining Facility at Baledogle Military Airfield (BMA), Somalia, May 1, 2020. The Henry Mayfield Jr. Dining Facility includes a hand-drawn portrait, as well as information about Mayfield’s military career. The facility, which had its grand opening and dedication ceremony May 1, was named in honor of Mayfield, who was killed in action Jan. 5, 2020, during an attack on Manda Bay Airfield, Kenya, by a terrorist organization. Mayfield, a Chicago native, was deployed to Kenya with the 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment, 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group, from Fort Rucker, Alabama. (U.S. Navy photo by Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Toniece Lurch) Manda Bay, BMA name facilities for fallen service member A memorial for U.S. Army Spc. Henry “Mitch” Mayfield, Jr. sits inside the Henry Mayfield Jr. Dining Facility at Baledogle Military Airfield (BMA), Somalia, May 1, 2020. The Henry Mayfield Jr. Dining Facility includes a hand-drawn portrait, as well as information about Mayfield’s military career. The facility, which had its grand opening and dedication ceremony May 1, was named in honor of Mayfield, who was killed in action Jan. 5, 2020, during an attack on Manda Bay Airfield, Kenya, by a terrorist organization. Mayfield, a Chicago native, was deployed to Kenya with the 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment, 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group, from Fort Rucker, Alabama. (U.S. Navy photo by Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Toniece Lurch)
U.S. Army soldiers prepare to unveil the Henry Mayfield Jr. Dining Facility during the building’s grand opening and dedication ceremony at Baledogle Military Airfield (BMA), Somalia, May 1, 2020. The facility was named for U.S. Army Spc. Henry J. “Mitch” Mayfield Jr., who was killed in action Jan. 5, 2020, during an attack on Manda Bay Airfield, Kenya, by a terrorist organization. Mayfield, a Chicago native, was deployed to Kenya with the 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment, 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group, from Fort Rucker, Alabama. (U.S. Navy photo by Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Toniece Lurch) Manda Bay, BMA name facilities for fallen service member U.S. Army soldiers prepare to unveil the Henry Mayfield Jr. Dining Facility during the building’s grand opening and dedication ceremony at Baledogle Military Airfield (BMA), Somalia, May 1, 2020. The facility was named for U.S. Army Spc. Henry J. “Mitch” Mayfield Jr., who was killed in action Jan. 5, 2020, during an attack on Manda Bay Airfield, Kenya, by a terrorist organization. Mayfield, a Chicago native, was deployed to Kenya with the 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment, 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group, from Fort Rucker, Alabama. (U.S. Navy photo by Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Toniece Lurch)
U.S. Army soldiers unveil the Henry Mayfield Jr. Dining Facility during the building’s grand opening ceremony at Baledogle Military Airfield (BMA), Somalia), May 1, 2020. The facility was named for U.S. Army Spc. Henry J. “Mitch” Mayfield Jr., who was killed in action Jan. 5, 2020, during an attack on Manda Bay Airfield, Kenya, by a terrorist organization. Mayfield, a Chicago native, was deployed to Kenya with the 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment, 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group, from Fort Rucker, Alabama. (U.S. Navy photo by Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Toniece Lurch) Manda Bay, BMA name facilities for fallen service member U.S. Army soldiers unveil the Henry Mayfield Jr. Dining Facility during the building’s grand opening ceremony at Baledogle Military Airfield (BMA), Somalia), May 1, 2020. The facility was named for U.S. Army Spc. Henry J. “Mitch” Mayfield Jr., who was killed in action Jan. 5, 2020, during an attack on Manda Bay Airfield, Kenya, by a terrorist organization. Mayfield, a Chicago native, was deployed to Kenya with the 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment, 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group, from Fort Rucker, Alabama. (U.S. Navy photo by Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Toniece Lurch)
Service members stand outside the Spc. Henry J. Mayfield Jr. Recreation Center after a ceremony officially renaming the morale, welfare and recreation facility at Manda Bay Airfield, Kenya, May 21, 2020. The facility was renamed to honor U.S. Army Spc. Henry J. “Mitch” Mayfield Jr., who was killed in action Jan. 5, 2020, during an attack on Manda Bay Airfield by a terrorist organization. Mayfield, a Chicago native, was deployed to Kenya with the 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment, 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group, from Fort Rucker, Alabama. (U.S. Army Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan Nelson) Manda Bay, BMA name facilities for fallen service member Service members stand outside the Spc. Henry J. Mayfield Jr. Recreation Center after a ceremony officially renaming the morale, welfare and recreation facility at Manda Bay Airfield, Kenya, May 21, 2020. The facility was renamed to honor U.S. Army Spc. Henry J. “Mitch” Mayfield Jr., who was killed in action Jan. 5, 2020, during an attack on Manda Bay Airfield by a terrorist organization. Mayfield, a Chicago native, was deployed to Kenya with the 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment, 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group, from Fort Rucker, Alabama. (U.S. Army Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan Nelson)
Personnel at Manda Bay Airfield, Kenya, held a dedication ceremony to rename the location’s morale, welfare and recreation facility the Spc. Henry J. Mayfield Jr. Recreation Center at Manda Bay Airfield, Kenya, May 21, 2020. The facility’s namesake, U.S. Army Spc. Henry J. “Mitch” Mayfield Jr., was killed in action Jan. 5, 2020, during an attack on Manda Bay Airfield by a terrorist organization. Mayfield, a Chicago native, was deployed to Kenya with the 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment, 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group, from Fort Rucker, Alabama. (U.S. Army Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan Nelson) Manda Bay, BMA name facilities for fallen service member Personnel at Manda Bay Airfield, Kenya, held a dedication ceremony to rename the location’s morale, welfare and recreation facility the Spc. Henry J. Mayfield Jr. Recreation Center at Manda Bay Airfield, Kenya, May 21, 2020. The facility’s namesake, U.S. Army Spc. Henry J. “Mitch” Mayfield Jr., was killed in action Jan. 5, 2020, during an attack on Manda Bay Airfield by a terrorist organization. Mayfield, a Chicago native, was deployed to Kenya with the 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment, 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group, from Fort Rucker, Alabama. (U.S. Army Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan Nelson)

Two contingency locations within Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa’s combined joint operations area recently named facilities in honor of U.S. Army Spc. Henry J. “Mitch” Mayfield Jr., who was killed in action Jan. 5, 2020, during an attack on Manda Bay Airfield, Kenya, by a terrorist organization.

On May 1, Baledogle Military Airfield, Somalia (BMA), held a grand opening ceremony for the Henry Mayfield Jr. Dining Facility. On May 21, the Morale, Welfare and Recreation facility at Manda Bay was officially renamed as the Henry J. Mayfield Jr. Recreation Center. 

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Keith Haskin, commander of the 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment, Mayfield’s deployed unit, said he thought it was important to rename the facilities not only to honor Mayfield’s sacrifice, but to inspire the future soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who will utilize the facilities.
“Henry was not only a great soldier, he was also a very good friend to many in the battalion,” Haskin said. “He is someone that all of the soldiers within 1-58th will always remember. But we want others to remember his sacrifice as well.” 

“I think that BMA also naming a facility for him shows that the impact he had on our soldiers stretches well beyond the team he worked with at Manda Bay.  It is also indicative of the outpouring of support that the entire Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) and Camp Lemonnier (CLDJ) community showed to the battalion and our soldiers during the days following the attack at Manda Bay.”

The process to rename the MWR facility at Manda Bay began in February and was initiated because Mayfield spent most of his free time there, said U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan Nelson, BMA airfield manager.

The idea to name the new dining facility at BMA came about shortly after construction on the facility started in January, according to U.S. Army Capt. DelChrisha Young, the CJTF-HOA Logistics Directorate contracting officer representative. 

Young said that after she had the idea to name the facility after Mayfield, she approached the leadership team at BMA with her proposal, and they were fully supportive of the idea.

“I came up with the idea of naming the DFAC (dining facility) after Spc.  Mayfield from the history of dining facilities being named after our brave service members that paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country,” she said. “Also, a large majority of his unit is deployed to BMA, and I knew this dedication would mean so much to them. They had nothing but good things to say about Spc. Mayfield, and I believed that should be celebrated for years to come.”

The memorial in BMA’s dining facility also includes a hand-drawn portrait of Mayfield, along with a pair of combat boots, an Army combat helmet, dog tags and a Purple Heart medal. 

Also on the memorial is a photograph of him with a phrase that those who knew Mayfield heard many times: “We are here for a good time, not a long time,” according to the artist and Mayfield’s coworker, U.S. Army Spc. Susan Orozco.

“He always had a positive outlook, and he had a huge impact on everyone around him because of it,” she said. “Even though we weren’t that close, I felt destroyed after his death, which is why I made the drawing. I wanted everyone to know who he was.”

Throughout the entire process of naming both facilities, Mayfield’s family expressed their gratitude that he has been memorialized, and that hopefully his story will inspire other service members, Haskin said.

“His family was honored to hear about the DFAC, as well as the MWR building in Manda Bay being named after Henry,” he said. “They are happy that others will remember him and his actions in support of his country.”
 

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