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The family of M/Sgt Jeaneen Austin, 69, USAF has Invited the Patriot Guard Riders to attend the Military Honors of their loved one as she makes her final journey. It will be our honor to do so.

Jeaneen enlisted in the USAF 23 Sept 1974, and was Honorably Discharged 23 Aug 2014. She initially trained as an Air Trans Craftsman (Loader), then Medic, and Military Police serving in Afghanistan, and Iraq during mobilization in 2010-11 Operation New Dawn. Her Awards include USAF Good Conduct, Armed Forces Reserve with 1 “M” Device, and 1 Hour Glass, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal with 1 Service Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 1 Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, USAF Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Frame, USAF Longevity Service with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, and NATO Medal Medal with 1 Service Star.

After her military service, she was a registered nurse, became a VFW Life Member, a VFW Military Order of the Cootie Past Grand California Commander, a Commander “Seam Squirrel” of her pup tent 44 (Post) of Perris, Worked 10 years as a Police Officer in Riverside, and was also the Captain of the Memorial Honor Detail Team 44 of Perris at Riverside National Cemetery for several years
She had a love for crafts which included diamond painting, shirt designs with vinyl press, and sewing.

Jeanine is survived by her son Adam Heyner, and one other son that lives in Japan.

NOTE: This mission posting facilitates your voluntary participation in honoring this Military Veteran. For those interested, and all PGR members are welcome. We will be accompanying our hero from the VFW to Riverside National Cemetery. Please see the timetable if you would like to participate. We will meet you there for those who would rather go directly to the cemetery.

Time table for Friday, 31 May 2024:

1130 - Stage at VFW Post 888, 623 S. D Street, Perris, CA 92570

1145 - Mission Briefing

1200 - Flagling / Dignified transfer of Hero to Coach

1215 - KSU to Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA 92518

1245 - ETA for PGR that plan to stage just north of the restrooms for flagline upon entry if you wish to meet there

1315 - KSU to assigned Shelter for Flag Line , Service, and Military Honors

Steve “Taz” George
SoCal PGR Ride Captain

We encourage those who do not ride to participate in your car. If this is your first mission, go to the initial staging area, where you will be briefed by the R/C (Ride Captain). Dress for motorcycle riding or dress casually if you are driving a cage (car). Please feel free to attend any portion of this mission you can. Please ride/drive safely.

Remember that our mission is to stand tall and silent with honor and respect for our Heroes—no talking, smoking, or cell phone use during the flag line or service. Please keep radios off and engine noise to a minimum. Remember, cemeteries are hallowed ground. Show respect to all who are there, not just the ones we honor.
John D. "Major" Gretzinger
MAJ, AVN, USA (Ret.)
61st Avn Co (AHC) - Lucky 15
Administrator - SoCal PGR Mission Ops
Assistant State Captain, Southern California PGR