To serve military men and women in uniform who serve their country and community.
Sgt. Tanner Stone Higgins
Tanner Stone Higgins was born in Irving on Jan. 31, 1989, to Danny R. Higgins and Patti Stone. He grew up in the Yantis and Sulphur Springs area and graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 2007. Upon graduation he enlisted in the United States Army where earned the coveted Ranger tab Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga., after months of the intense combat leadership course, “a brutal right of passage” for only the toughest of soldiers. On April 14, 2012,
Sgt. Tanner Stone Higgins, 23, was killed by enemy forces during a heavy firefight while conducting combat operations in Logar Province, Afghanistan. He was leading an assault against an enemy compound when he was mortally wounded by small arms fire.
Tanner was a team leader assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. He was on his third deployment to Afghanistan in support of the War on Terror. He deployed to Iraq once.
He served as a rifleman, grenadier, automatic rifleman, gun team leader and a Ranger team leader.
His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, U.S. Army Ranger Course, Emergency Medical Technician Basic Course, U.S. Army Sniper School, U.S. Army Jumpmaster School and was the Warrior Leader Course Distinguished Leadership Awardee.
His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the U.S. Army Expert Rifle Marksmanship Qualification Badge. Higgins has also been awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with one Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Purple Heart.
Higgins is survived by his wife, Shelby Lynn Higgins of Tyler, Tx., his father, Danny R. Higgins of Hurst, Texas, and mother, Patti Stone Sells of East Texas; as well as brothers, Spec. Dillon Henegar, Hunter Higgins and Noah Sells.
Sgt. Tanner Stone Higgins- Son, grandson, husband, brother, cousin, friend…AMERICAN HERO.
The Tanner Higgins Military Memorial Fund developed from the Warrior Run event, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission "To serve military men and women in uniform who serve their country and community." We are dedicated to raising funds and offering financial and social support beyond what the government offers to men and women of service and their families.
The Tanner Higgins Warrior Run was created to honor the memory of Sgt. Tanner Stone Higgins, 23, killed by enemy forces during a heavy firefight while conducting combat operations in Logar Province, Afghanistan on April 14, 2012.
The annual event is held around the anniversary of Tanner's passing, the second Saturday of April. This year the Warrior Run will be a true 5k (3.1 miles). The race will begin at the square in downtown Sulphur Springs at the Hopkins County Military Memorial. There will also be a 1 mile grunt run.
The Tanner Higgins Warrior Run 2020 will be Saturday, April 11.
Registration will open January 1, 2020