A soldier from Warner Robins, killed in combat will be honored Friday as his body returns home.
23-year old Army Specialist Mark Downer was killed last Friday, when his unit was attacked by a rocket propelled grenade in Afghanistan.
Downer was a combat medic stationed at Ft. Drum, N.Y. He was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. His unit deployed to Afghanistan in March.
Before Downer joined the Army in 2009, he served in the Georgia Air National Guard as a weather apprentice. He was assigned to the 116th Air Control Wing at Robins AFB.
An honor guard at Robins Air Force Base will receive his remains just after 9 in the morning. Starting at 9:45, people are encouraged to stand along the route, from the Museum of Aviation to McCullough Funeral Home to show their support and respect.
- The escort will begin at the Museum of Aviation
- Right on Highway 247
- Left on Watson Boulevard
- Right on North Davis Drive
- Left on Green Street and continue past Northside High School
- Left on North Houston Road
- Right on Watson Boulevard
- Left on Houston Lake Road
- The escort will end at McCullough Funeral Home at 417 S. Houston Lake Road
The funeral is scheduled for 11 am, Saturday at Southside Baptist Church in Warner Robins.
NOTE: The family has asked that cameras or video recorders not be allowed inside the church during the funeral, and media will not be permitted to cover this event on base. 41NBC News will respect the family's wishes and limit our coverage to the escort route.