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Senior Airman Lucus Zeman, 23d Equipment Maintenance Squadron, renders a final salute to a battlefield cross during a memorial ceremony in honor of his late wife, Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons team chief, March 1, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Toy, a New Kent, Virginia native, died in a car accident Feb. 25, 2017. During the ceremony, she was remembered as a valuable member of the Team Moody weapons community and was posthumously awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the rank of Staff Sergeant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

Senior Airman Lucus Zeman, 23d Equipment Maintenance Squadron, renders a final salute to a battlefield cross during a memorial ceremony in honor of his late wife, Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons team chief, March 1, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Toy, a New Kent, Virginia native, died in a car accident Feb. 25, 2017. During the ceremony, she was remembered as a valuable member of the Team Moody weapons community and was posthumously awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the rank of Staff Sergeant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

A battlefield cross in honor of the late Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons team chief, rests on display during a memorial ceremony, March 1, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Toy, a New Kent, Virginia native, died in a car accident Feb. 25, 2017. During the ceremony, she was remembered as a valuable member of the Team Moody weapons community and was posthumously awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the rank of Staff Sergeant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

A battlefield cross in honor of the late Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons team chief, rests on display during a memorial ceremony, March 1, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Toy, a New Kent, Virginia native, died in a car accident Feb. 25, 2017. During the ceremony, she was remembered as a valuable member of the Team Moody weapons community and was posthumously awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the rank of Staff Sergeant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

Lt. Col. Bobby Buckner, 23d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, presents an Air Force Commendation Medal for the late Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons team chief, to her husband Senior Airman Lucus Zeman, 23d Equipment Maintenance Squadron, during a memorial ceremony, March 1, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Toy, a New Kent, Virginia native, died in a car accident Feb. 25, 2017. During the ceremony, she was remembered as a valuable member of the Team Moody weapons community and was posthumously awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the rank of Staff Sergeant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

Lt. Col. Bobby Buckner, 23d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, presents an Air Force Commendation Medal for the late Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons team chief, to her husband Senior Airman Lucus Zeman, 23d Equipment Maintenance Squadron, during a memorial ceremony, March 1, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Toy, a New Kent, Virginia native, died in a car accident Feb. 25, 2017. During the ceremony, she was remembered as a valuable member of the Team Moody weapons community and was posthumously awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the rank of Staff Sergeant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

Col. Thomas Kunkel, 23d Wing commander, renders a final salute to a battlefield cross during a memorial ceremony in honor of Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons team chief, March 1, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Toy, a New Kent, Virginia native, died in a car accident Feb. 25, 2017. During the ceremony, she was remembered as a valuable member of the Team Moody weapons community and was posthumously awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Col. Thomas Kunkel, 23d Wing commander, renders a final salute to a battlefield cross during a memorial ceremony in honor of Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons team chief, March 1, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Toy, a New Kent, Virginia native, died in a car accident Feb. 25, 2017. During the ceremony, she was remembered as a valuable member of the Team Moody weapons community and was posthumously awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Senior Airman Lucus Zeman, 23d Equipment Maintenance Squadron, and fellow maintainers share an embrace during a memorial ceremony in honor of his late wife, Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons team chief, March 1, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Toy, a New Kent, Virginia native, died in a car accident Feb. 25, 2017. During the ceremony, she was remembered as a valuable member of the Team Moody weapons community and was posthumously awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the rank of Staff Sergeant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

Senior Airman Lucus Zeman, 23d Equipment Maintenance Squadron, and fellow maintainers share an embrace during a memorial ceremony in honor of his late wife, Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons team chief, March 1, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Toy, a New Kent, Virginia native, died in a car accident Feb. 25, 2017. During the ceremony, she was remembered as a valuable member of the Team Moody weapons community and was posthumously awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the rank of Staff Sergeant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

1st Lt. Christopher Burson, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, provides opening remarks during a memorial ceremony in honor of the late Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons team chief, March 1, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Toy, a New Kent, Virginia native, died in a car accident Feb. 25, 2017. During the ceremony, she was remembered as a valuable member of the Team Moody weapons community and was posthumously awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the rank of Staff Sergeant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

1st Lt. Christopher Burson, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, provides opening remarks during a memorial ceremony in honor of the late Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons team chief, March 1, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Toy, a New Kent, Virginia native, died in a car accident Feb. 25, 2017. During the ceremony, she was remembered as a valuable member of the Team Moody weapons community and was posthumously awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the rank of Staff Sergeant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

Family of the late Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons team chief, reflect during a memorial ceremony, March 1, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Toy, a New Kent, Virginia native, died in a car accident Feb. 25, 2017. During the ceremony, she was remembered as a valuable member of the Team Moody weapons community and was posthumously awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the rank of Staff Sergeant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

Family of the late Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons team chief, reflect during a memorial ceremony, March 1, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Toy, a New Kent, Virginia native, died in a car accident Feb. 25, 2017. During the ceremony, she was remembered as a valuable member of the Team Moody weapons community and was posthumously awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the rank of Staff Sergeant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Mike Lemke, 23d Wing weapons manager, reflects on the memory of the late Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons team chief, during a memorial ceremony, March 1, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Toy, a New Kent, Virginia native, died in a car accident Feb. 25, 2017. During the ceremony, she was remembered as a valuable member of the Team Moody weapons community and was posthumously awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the rank of Staff Sergeant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Mike Lemke, 23d Wing weapons manager, reflects on the memory of the late Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons team chief, during a memorial ceremony, March 1, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Toy, a New Kent, Virginia native, died in a car accident Feb. 25, 2017. During the ceremony, she was remembered as a valuable member of the Team Moody weapons community and was posthumously awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the rank of Staff Sergeant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

Staff Sgt. Tayrell Washington, 23d Maintenance Group weapons standardization lead crew team chief, signs a guestbook during a memorial ceremony in honor of Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons team chief, March 1, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Toy, a New Kent, Virginia native, died in a car accident Feb. 25, 2017. During the ceremony, she was remembered as a valuable member of the Team Moody weapons community and was posthumously awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the rank of Staff Sergeant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

Staff Sgt. Tayrell Washington, 23d Maintenance Group weapons standardization lead crew team chief, signs a guestbook during a memorial ceremony in honor of Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons team chief, March 1, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Toy, a New Kent, Virginia native, died in a car accident Feb. 25, 2017. During the ceremony, she was remembered as a valuable member of the Team Moody weapons community and was posthumously awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the rank of Staff Sergeant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

Senior Airman Michael Verheyden,74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, applies a nametape to assign the A-10C Thunderbolt II in the Weapons Load Training hangar to the late Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th AMU weapons team chief, Feb. 27, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Team Moody’s weapons community wanted to honor Toy, who died in a motor vehicle accident on Feb. 25, 2017, by dedicating the aircraft used for training and certifying all weapons load crew members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)
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Senior Airman Michael Verheyden,74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, applies a nametape to assign the A-10C Thunderbolt II in the Weapons Load Training hangar to the late Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th AMU weapons team chief, Feb. 27, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Team Moody’s weapons community wanted to honor Toy, who died in a motor vehicle accident on Feb. 25, 2017, by dedicating the aircraft used for training and certifying all weapons load crew members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

Senior Airmen Kyle Baker and Michael Verheyden, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chiefs, apply a nametape to assign the A-10C Thunderbolt II in the Weapons Load Training hangar to the late Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th AMU weapons team chief, Feb. 27, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Team Moody’s weapons community wanted to honor Toy, who died in a motor vehicle accident on Feb. 25, 2017, by dedicating the aircraft used for training and certifying all weapons load crew members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)
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Senior Airmen Kyle Baker and Michael Verheyden, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chiefs, apply a nametape to assign the A-10C Thunderbolt II in the Weapons Load Training hangar to the late Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th AMU weapons team chief, Feb. 27, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Team Moody’s weapons community wanted to honor Toy, who died in a motor vehicle accident on Feb. 25, 2017, by dedicating the aircraft used for training and certifying all weapons load crew members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

Senior Airmen Kyle Baker and Michael Verheyden, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chiefs, apply a nametape to assign the A-10C Thunderbolt II in the Weapons Load Training hangar to the late Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th AMU weapons team chief, Feb. 27, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Team Moody’s weapons community wanted to honor Toy, who died in a motor vehicle accident on Feb. 25, 2017, by dedicating the aircraft used for training and certifying all weapons load crew members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)
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Senior Airmen Kyle Baker and Michael Verheyden, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chiefs, apply a nametape to assign the A-10C Thunderbolt II in the Weapons Load Training hangar to the late Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th AMU weapons team chief, Feb. 27, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Team Moody’s weapons community wanted to honor Toy, who died in a motor vehicle accident on Feb. 25, 2017, by dedicating the aircraft used for training and certifying all weapons load crew members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

An A-10C Thunderbolt II in the Weapons Load Training hangar dons the name of the late Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th AMU weapons team chief, Feb. 27, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Team Moody’s weapons community wanted to honor Toy, who died in a motor vehicle accident on Feb. 25, 2017, by dedicating the aircraft used for training and certifying all weapons load crew members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)
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An A-10C Thunderbolt II in the Weapons Load Training hangar dons the name of the late Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, 74th AMU weapons team chief, Feb. 27, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Team Moody’s weapons community wanted to honor Toy, who died in a motor vehicle accident on Feb. 25, 2017, by dedicating the aircraft used for training and certifying all weapons load crew members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins/Released)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

Airmen, family and friends gathered at the weapons load training hangar to honor the life of Staff. Sgt. Sara Toy and say their final goodbyes during a memorial service March 1.

Toy was a weapons team chief with the 74th Fighter Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Unit who passed away Feb. 25 in a motor vehicle accident
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The Virginia native graduated from high school in 2012 and shortly after enlisted in the Air Force as an aircraft armament systems apprentice.

Throughout the memorial, Toy’s chain of command reflected on her service and outstanding performance such as making Senior Airman Below the Zone, earning the 23rd Maintenance Group Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award and maintaining 100 percent proficiency on monthly loads.

“This memorial is about Staff Sgt. Sara Toy and the incredible weapons community that was her family,” said Lt. Col. Bobby Buckner, 23rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander. “As a commander, I never miss an opportunity to brag about my squadron, and the people in it and today is no exception.

“Losing Sara is going to hurt for a very long time,” Buckner added. “But for a leader in the military, I am very thankful that the men and women in my squadron had a chance to work beside someone of her caliber.”

Those who knew Toy best described her as always smiling, ready to face any challenge and the epitome of the Air Force’s core values.

“Sara was a rising star within Moody’s weapons community,” said Chief Master Sgt. Mike Lemke, 23rd Wing weapons manager. “I can honestly say that she was one of the best and will be sorely missed. As a young Airmen, Sara started her career loading munitions in this very hangar. We could tell right away that soft spoken Airman was eager to learn and had the drive to succeed.”

In honor of her memory, the weapons community dedicated the aircraft used for training and certifying all weapons’ load crew members to Toy.

Echoing Lemke’s feelings, Buckner agreed that Moody will always feel the void of Toy’s absence and he concluded his speech by commending Toy for the sacrifices she made to serve her country.

“To Staff Sgt. Sara Toy, I want to say thank you,” said Buckner. “Thank you for serving during a time of war. Thank you putting your country before yourself. Thank you for taking a tough job and making it look very easy. Thank you for wanting to be a part of something very special and that’s the United States Air Force.”