Sister honors brother killed in Afghanistan

Military heroes remembered at local relay race

SAN DIEGO - A woman from the East Coast will be in Rancho Bernardo Saturday for an event that will honor military heroes, including her younger brother -- a Navy Cross recipient for heroism.

"I think about him at some point every day," said Stephanie Oulette.

She remembers the moment five years ago vividly.

"I opened my door and there's my boss standing there," she said.

Her boss is a police sergeant with the unenviable job of notifying relatives when their loved ones have died in combat. Her little brother, Marine Cpl. Michael Oulette, had been killed in Afghanistan.

"I've never felt that kind of pain before. It's like a physical pain. It would probably hurt less to get shot than what it felt like. I kept struggling to breathe; I remember I couldn't breathe. I just couldn't breathe," said Oulette.

After the initial shock, she said she "never felt so utterly broken and sad -- ever."

Randy Moffett was in Michael Oulette's platoon. He was listening on the radio during his friend's final moments alive on March 22, 2009.

Moffett told 10News, "After he stepped on an IED, he put his own tourniquet on; he still led his Marines in a firefight with over 50 Taliban surrounding him."

Moffett and Oulette are in San Diego for the third annual Team Red, White and Blue Challenge, a relay race at Rancho Bernardo High School where members of every military branch will share the track with the public for a 12-hour run/walk. Money raised will benefit the San Diego branch of Team Red, White and Blue.

Oulette flew in from New Hampshire to honor her brother at the event, and Moffett came in from Temecula.

Oulette said, "Only thing that helps when I miss my brother is doing community service and doing good things in his memory to help other people."

Saturday's relay starts at 10 a.m.

For more information on the relay race, click here: http://bit.ly/1mSTu9l.

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