Travel Is Half The Journey

Attending IFSEC isn’t always easy, but it is worth the journey. Generally, when reporting from a tradeshow, I like to wait until the first day has concluded, then report. But I want to share part of the journey to Birmingham, U.K.

For this work assignment, I flew from Dallas to Houston. While waiting to embark from Houston, an announcement came over the intercom at gate 25.

The announcement was to inform all passengers to Houston that we would be sharing the flight with SPC Anthony Perez. It was his final journey home.

Army Sgt. Daemon Hunter had been given the difficult, yet honorable job of escorting his comrade to Houston. Perez had been assigned to the 101st Infantry Airborne at Fort Campbell, Ky. Perez had been serving in Afghanistan when he was killed by an improvised explosive device.

Perez was serving our country, and like many before him, had given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. Perez is a hero.

When the announcement came to those of us waiting for the flight to Houston, we stood in reverence to honor Perez. A few American Airlines employees, many of whom are veterans themselves, as well as members of the USO, DFW Chaplain Services and members of the North Texas Patriot Guard, formed an honor line along side the plane as Perez’ casket was transferred onto the aircraft.

It was quiet inside the terminal as his final remains were placed inside the belly of the aircraft. A few minutes later we landed in Houston. Not a sound was heard inside the airplane as it taxied to the gate, and as the airport fire department washed the plane in Perez’ honor. Other Houston fire fighters and police stood at attend on the opposite side of the airplane. A color guard transferred his flag-draped casket to the awaiting hearse.

I watched the family, who stood outside the stilled aircraft. Tears soaked their cheeks, then splashed on the ground as Perez was taken from the conveyor belt to the hearse. His mother cried uncontrollably, but comforted by another loved one. My fellow mates on the plane craned their necks to catch a glimpse of our hero, at final rest.

Think of what you have to do today. Freedom is not free. Many have paid the price; their own lives cut short of goals and aspirations, that we might fulfill our own dreams. Perez is one of many that have given selflessly, his blood staining foreign soil, so that our hopes can be realized in America.

May we keep our military members and their families in our thoughts and prayers as they continue to serve and defend our great nation.

About the Author

Ralph C. Jensen is the Publisher of Security Today magazine.


  • Maximizing Your Security Budget This Year

    The Importance of Proactive Security Measures: 4 Stories of Regret

    We all want to believe that crime won’t happen to us. So, some business owners hope for the best and put proactive security measures on the back burner, because other things like growth, attracting new customers, and meeting deadlines all seem more pressing. Read Now

  • Security Questions Persist After Attempted Assassination Attempt of Donald Trump

  • March Networks Expands Partnership with American Dairy Queen Corp.

    March Networks recently announced its selection as an American Dairy Queen Corporation (ADQ) approved supplier of video surveillance solutions for the DQ® system. This partnership marks a significant milestone in March Networks’ ongoing collaboration with DQ franchise owners since 2017, serving more than two hundred DQ restaurants across 13 U.S. states. Read Now

  • SIA Opens Nominations for 2024 “25 on the RISE Awards”

    The Security Industry Association (SIA) has opened the call for nominations for the second annual 25 on the RISE Awards– a program presented by SIA’s RISE community for emerging security leaders. Each year, this initiative honors 25 security leaders of today and tomorrow for their impactful contributions to advancing the security industry. Read Now

    • Industry Events

Featured Cybersecurity


New Products

  • FEP GameChanger

    FEP GameChanger

    Paige Datacom Solutions Introduces Important and Innovative Cabling Products GameChanger Cable, a proven and patented solution that significantly exceeds the reach of traditional category cable will now have a FEP/FEP construction. 3

  • AC Nio

    AC Nio

    Aiphone, a leading international manufacturer of intercom, access control, and emergency communication products, has introduced the AC Nio, its access control management software, an important addition to its new line of access control solutions. 3

  • Luma x20

    Luma x20

    Snap One has announced its popular Luma x20 family of surveillance products now offers even greater security and privacy for home and business owners across the globe by giving them full control over integrators’ system access to view live and recorded video. According to Snap One Product Manager Derek Webb, the new “customer handoff” feature provides enhanced user control after initial installation, allowing the owners to have total privacy while also making it easy to reinstate integrator access when maintenance or assistance is required. This new feature is now available to all Luma x20 users globally. “The Luma x20 family of surveillance solutions provides excellent image and audio capture, and with the new customer handoff feature, it now offers absolute privacy for camera feeds and recordings,” Webb said. “With notifications and integrator access controlled through the powerful OvrC remote system management platform, it’s easy for integrators to give their clients full control of their footage and then to get temporary access from the client for any troubleshooting needs.” 3