NEVADA – Civil Air Patrol provided a color guard Friday for the return of Jonathan Blunk, 26, a five-year U.S. Navy veteran killed when he shielded his girlfriend from harm during a July 20 shooting rampage at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.
The four-cadet color guard – Cadet 2nd Lt. Mason Ross and Cadet Chief Master Sgts. Nicholas Harvey, Dustin Ross and William Schultz, all members of the Nevada Wing’s Reno Composite Squadron – will also participate in Blunk’s full military funeral Aug. 3. He served three tours in the Middle East between 2004 and 2009 and was planning to re-enlist.
His body arrived Friday evening at Reno-Tahoe International Airport on a flight from Denver, followed by a Patriot Guard escort to Mountain View Mortuary.
The Civil Air Patrol Color Guard will present honors at the funeral service, scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 3 at Mountain View Cemetery, where a flag folding, gun salute and a performance of taps will take place.