News: Muleskinners honor life of fallen comrade
Story by Spc. Bailey Kramer
FORT HOOD, Texas – Commander of the 115th “Muleskinner” Brigade Support Battalion, 1st “Ironhorse” Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Lt. Col. J. Bradley Swift chose to describe their fallen comrade with a biblical passage during a memorial ceremony, Nov. 14, here.
“The spirit God has given us is no cowardly spirit, but rather one that makes us strong, loving and wise,” 2nd Timothy 1:7.
Toms, N.J. native, Spc. Timothy Singletary, recovery vehicle operator assigned to Company B of the Muleskinner Battalion died, Oct. 21, from a motorcycle wreck.
Singletary’s family, friends and comrades gathered here at the Ironhorse Chapel in honor of his memory.
“I am always going to remember well how Spc. Singletary brought a positive attitude to every situation,” said Staff Sgt. Richard Lopez, a friend of Singletary’s and soldier in the Muleskinner Brigade. “Let us all seek to learn from his example and try to live up to the Army values as he did.”
Not only was Singletary a soldier’s soldier but he also held a strong love for life.
“Singletary was a soldier that was free-spirited and always had a positive attitude for life,” said Capt. Lekisa Dempsey, Singletary’s company commander. “He always had words of encouragement for a fellow Bronco; he was a seasoned soldier who was rendered as a big brother to younger soldiers.”
Dancing was an activity Singletary enjoyed along with making memories with his friends no one would forget Lopez added.
“No matter what would happen, he would come into work every day with a smile on his face,” Lopez said about his friend. “He always used to laugh and joke, keeping everyone smiling.”
Singletary’s positive attitude flowed into others.
“Singletary was an asset to the unit and will truly be missed,” Dempsey said. “He was not only a fellow Muleskinner, he was a friend to man and a comrade to others.”
“Timothy Singletary was a very generous man,” added Capt. Kevin McCarty, Muleskinner chaplain. “He was frequently ready to give out of his own pocket in order to meet the need of a friend or loved one. Some of you in this room have benefited from that generosity directly.”
Swift described Singletary as a man with strong family ties who lived life to the fullest.
“Timothy led a full life, both inside and out of the Army and sadly [he] was taken from us prematurely,” Swift concluded. “Let’s stand strong together to celebrate his life and honor his memory.”