The body of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Chester J. McBride III, 30, the Statesboro native killed on duty in Afghanistan Dec. 21, will be returned home New Year’s Day via Statesboro Bulloch County Airport, according to arrangements a funeral home released Tuesday on behalf of his family.
The family requests that others respect their privacy and not come to the airport itself. However, a public Welcome Home Parade is scheduled to begin at approximately 1 p.m. Friday. The honor parade will progress from the airport into town along Highway 301-East Parrish Street, then turn left onto North Main Street before turning right at the courthouse onto West Main Street, then left onto Johnson Street and left again down to Agape Worship Center at 810 W. Grady Street, announced A.L. Spaulding-Barnes Funeral Home.
A public viewing is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Agape Worship Center.
The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, at Georgia Southern University’s Hanner Fieldhouse on Herty Drive.
McBride, who held the title of special agent as well as the rank of staff sergeant, was assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 405, out of Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.
He was one of six U.S. Air Force personnel who died Dec. 21 of wounds suffered when their patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense. It was the deadliest attack on U.S. or NATO troops in four months.
McBride was a 2003 graduate of Statesboro High School, where he played defensive back on the varsity football teams of 2001 and 2002. He earned his Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Savannah State University in 2007 and a Master of Public Administration from Valdosta State University in May. He had plans of joining the FBI after completing his Air Force service, and spoke to current Statesboro High students in October.