Lex’s employer, ATAC, has really gone above and beyond what could be expected, for both Lex and the family now left behind. Just one in the multitude ways that above-and-beyond was expressed was in ATAC’s creation of a 100 memorial challenge coins, a couple of which–gifted from Lex’s wife herself–graced the hands of a few military bloggers and readers by the time the reception was over. One side of the coin displays the ATAC name and logo. The other appears below.
Lex’s very civilian neighbor of 10 years was in awe, telling us that his coin would now be used as a placemarker on golf outings, since when he and Lex went golfing the day would end with drinks. “I would turn around and there would always suddenly be two drinks in front of me,” he recalled with tears welling in his eyes, “a Guinness and a shot of Jameson. That’s what Lex always said, ‘Guinness for strength, Jameson for courage.'”