Homegoing services for Major Patty Tesar
By Dedrick Henry
Major Patty Lynn Tesar, the daughter of Maggie Owens and Robert Aldred, was born on Dec. 14, 1971 in Hollywood, Fla. Tesar graduated from Hollywood Hills High School and en-listed as a Private in the US Army in 1989 after her graduation.
Major Tesar served 12 years as an enlisted soldier and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant before becoming a Commissioned Officer through the Officer Candidate Program.
She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Central Texas and earned her Master of Science Degree in Human Resources from Tarleton State University in Texas in 2001.
Tesar was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps on June 20, 2002 and served in her first assignment as the Headquarters Platoon Leader for the 190th Maintenance Company (GS), 13TH Corps Support Command in Fort Hood, Tex.
Major Tesar was stationed at Fort Hood for seven years and served in seven different assignments, including Company Commander of E Company (17 months) and A Company (11 months) for the 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 1st Infantry Division. Major Tesar served in Germany, Turkey, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Major Tesar’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal ( fourth), National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star (second), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Services Rib-bon, Overseas Ribbon, United Nations Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award.
Major Tesar was a member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Patty is survived by her six month old son, Nicholas and brothers; John, Robert and Edward. She will be remembered for her leadership, courage, compassion for people, in-tense work ethic and drive for success.
Funeral arrangements are: The Wake is Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at St. Ruth Missionary Baptist Church, 145 NW Fifth Ave., Dania Beach, Fla., 33004.The Homegoing Service and the repast will be held at St. Ruth also beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. The interment will be at Dania Westlawn Cemetery: west of Dania Memorial Park between Phippen-Waiters Road.