The Air Force is honoring a fallen hero with Lexington ties by naming the service's newest pre-positioning vessel after Captain David I. Lyon.
The Air Force Academy graduate was married to Lexington native Dana Pounds-Lyon, who is a Captain in the Air Force.
She was a standout student-athlete at Lexington Christian Academy, who went on to become a two-time NCAA Javelin Champion while at the Air Force Academy.
Captain David Lyon, 28, of Sandpoint, Idaho, was killed December 27, 2013 in Kabul, Afghanistan, when a vehicle-born improvised explosive device was detonated near his convoy.
Serving a year-long deployment to Afghanistan, Lyon was performing a combat advisory mission with Afghan National army commandos and working with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, when he was killed.
Lyon was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart and the Air Force Combat Action Medal.
The dedication of the Motor Vessel David I. Lyon continues the long-standing tradition of the Navy's Military Sealift Command by having a ship dedicated to national heroes.
Lyon is the fifth Airman to receive this honor.
When told about the decision to honor her husband with the ship renaming, Captain Dana Pounds-Lyon told the Air Force News Service (AFNS) she "was in awe and deeply honored."
"It is quite an honor that the logistics community and the Air Force recognized the man I knew him to be...humble and selfless," she said.
"Dave's favorite thing about being in the Air Force was feeling like he was in the fight and making a difference in the world. He would be very much honored and happy about having this vessel named after him because it allows him to still deliver to the warfighter...his legacy will live on and the mission will continue despite him being gone."
Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Walsh III said, "Captain Lyon answered the call by saying 'send me,' and exemplified the core value of service before self. I'm extremely proud that this great airman's story will become part of the legacy of this proud ship and its crew."
The Air Force said the MV David I. Lyon will provide responsive and agile combat support by prepositioning munitions afloat within theaters of operation in support of multiple combatant commander war-fighting and operational plan requirements.