Commissioners announce Travis W. Atkins week in Gallatin County to honor fallen soldier

Posted at 3:15 PM, Mar 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-25 18:25:07-04

BOZEMAN – The Bozeman City Commission and Gallatin County Commission have announced the week of March 25-29 will be declared Staff Sergeant Travis W. Atkins Week in Bozeman and all of Gallatin County.

Hailing from Bozeman, Army Staff Sergeant Atkins was killed on June 1, 2007, as he saved the lives of three fellow soldiers by tackling a suicide bomber detonating a vest of explosives.

President Donald Trump will present Atkins’ family with the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony on Wednesday. The Medal of Honor is the U.S. Military’s highest honor.

In a media release, city and county commissioners said they hope the honorary week shows their gratitude for Atkins’ valor and ultimate sacrifice.

“Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins’ selfless acts deserve to be recognized and honored by all citizens of Gallatin County, Montana and the nation,” said Gallatin County Commissioner Don Seifert. “We are humbled by his service to our country.”

“Sergeant Atkins gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Not only do we honor Sergeant Atkins this week, we are proud to write his life story into the history of Bozeman. His legacy is great and will not be forgotten,” Bozeman Mayor Cyndy Andrus said.

Both the city and county commissions will make formal proclamations in their public meetings this week.