Gen. Neller started his speech saying to the college friend of Capt. Melton’s, “it is supposed to be hard, it can rip your heart out, I do everything I can do to avoid memorials, I’m not good at them.” He then pointed at Mrs. Chance and said “I am here for that woman; I love that woman.” He fought back his own emotion and said “I sent him there.” Gen. Neller spoke about how in 2008 as a younger officer they received a mission to train and send Marines to support the Afghan army in the Northeast quadrant of the country who were actively fighting the Taliban. He selected the Marines who would be sent and spent a couple of months training them for this mission. He said they knew this area was difficult and this would be a difficult mission. He had known Capt. Melton and how great of a person he was and how competent of a leader and officer he was. Jesse was not supposed to be on that patrol on that day. One of Jesse’s fellow officers had a family issue and was trying to deal with that. Jessie told him, “You stay here and speak with your wife, I will lead the patrol.” On that day in the Parwan province of Afghanistan, the Humvee he was in struck a roadside bomb killing him and four others.