Confirmed:Msgt Ryan Kees,Active Duty Air Force, Iraq, Afghanistan (171-19) 11 SEP 19

September 11, 2019 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

The family of Mr. Ryan Kees, Active Duty US Air Force, requests the presence and participation of the San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders at the services, LEO supported procession, and graveside rendering of military honors of their loved one.

Ryan Andrew Kees, age 36 passed away August 25, 2019 in San Antonio, TX. He was born in Cincinnati, OH on December 25, 1982. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend who will be dearly missed.

Ryan is survived by his wife, Miriam and his daughter Ella. He is the son of Susan and Edward, his brother Travis and his daughter Trinity Brookfield. He is also survived by his sister, Katelyn and her husband. Ryan leaves behind his Aunts and Uncles, Gene and Janet Burdsall, Cindy and Ken Doran, Jenny and Steve Bayer, John and Holly Hurley; many cousins and friends.

MSgt Ryan A. Kees currently serves as the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of the Strategic Cyber Systems Division for the 24th Air Force at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. MSgt Kees provides radio frequency spectrum operations support in the Air Force’s only cyber numbered air force, delivering full range capabilities to two wings and one combat communications group.
MSgt Kees is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and originally entered the Ohio Air National Guard in September 2000. He transferred to the Air Force with a direct duty assignment to Travis Air Force Base, California in January 2004 as a Satellite, Wideband, and Telemetry Systems Journeyman. He retrained into the Spectrum Operations career field in March 2013 and has served in a variety of communications-electronics maintenance and cyberspace support assignments in Ohio, California, Germany, and Texas.
Prior to his current position, MSgt Kees was the Unit Deployment Manager, 543rd Support Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. His overseas deployments include locations in Antarctica, Iraq, and Afghanistan in support of Operations DEEP FREEZE, IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.

WEATHER: Hi 95 / Lo 77, 30% Chance of Rain, 59% Humidity

REQUESTOR:  Karen Dorner, Family SPOX

STAGING:  1030 Hours, Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Sunset Funeral Home & Memorial Park
1701 Austin Highway
San Antonio, Texas 78218

BRIEFING:  1045 Hours

SERVICE: 1130 Hours
Sunset Funeral Home & Memorial Park
1701 Austin Highway
San Antonio, Texas 78218

KSU:  1245 Hours (Semper Gumby)

INTERMENT:   1330 Hours Shelter #3
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Road
San Antonio, Texas 78209

RC:   Don “Papa Bear” Williams

FC:   Don “Chappy” Ingram


1. Iron horses if you can, cages are always welcome and appreciated and unless under special circumstances not allowed in processions. You do not have to have a motorcycle to participate in honoring our veterans.

2. Safety First: Please remember to properly hydrate (including the night before) before any outdoor activity and to dress appropriately. Do not hesitate to take a break at any time if you feel you need to get in the shade or get indoors and always ask for help at any time. Also please do not forget your sun screen.

3. Please remember that our mission is to stand tall and silent, and with honor and. NO TALKING, SMOKING, CHEWING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS, OR CELL PHONE USE IN THE FLAG LINE!

4. Cemeteries are hallowed ground. Please keep radios off and engine noise to a minimum. Observe the 15 MPH speed limit. Show our respect to ALL who are in attendance.

5. If riding/driving a motorcycle on Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, which is located within a Military Installation, you will need to wear closed toe shoes, long sleeve shirt, gloves, DOT approved helmet, eye protection, long pants, and boots/shoes that cover the ankle.

 ***Safety Notice***
Before volunteering and/or attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders missions we encourage you to review all safety information below.  Included are some potential safety concerns to be aware of, however this does not include the full scope of all potential hazards.  Anyone attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders mission understands that they do so at their own risk. Neither the Patriot Guard Riders Organization nor its representatives are liable for any damages incurred on any PGR mission or event.
Funeral Processions/Escorts
EVERY RIDER IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for their own safety at all times while riding in a funeral procession.

At NO TIME are any riders authorized to block any intersection or otherwise block or impede traffic laws in any way.  Only Law Enforcement officials are authorized to block and/or impeded the lawful flow of traffic.

If you choose to fly a flag on your bike you are SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for ensuring it is secured and not a danger to any other rider or traffic.

Warm Regards,
Bob “Pizza Man” Johnson
Deputy State Captain
San Antonio Patriot Guard
Honor, Dignity, Respect
Cell: (562) 413-2223