Friday morning, May 5, 2017 Central Illinois Regional Airport will be hosting the family of Sgt. Josh Rodgers as they receive him on the general aviation ramp. The aircraft bringing Sgt. Rodgers home is scheduled to arrive at 10:00 a.m. It will be parked on the general aviation ramp, by the building still signed as Platinum Jet Center but is currently Dumont Aviation located in CIRA Commons at 2841 E. Empire. This is next to the former airport terminal building that currently houses CJ’s Restaurant at 2901 E. Empire Street, Bloomington. There will be no ceremony/aircraft or other activity related to Sgt. Rodgers at the current passenger terminal building. All scheduled commercial flights will continue to operate in and out of CIRA throughout the event.
An Honor Guard ceremony will take place on the general aviation ramp with the family and military personnel. A motorcade will then proceed to Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Funeral Home immediately after the ceremony.
A staging area for media will be provided outside at Dumont Aviation, 2841 E. Empire. There will be no direct access to family and there is no press conference planned. Media is invited to film/report/witness the arrival and ceremony from the staging area.
The public is allowed to witness the arrival, ceremony and motorcade from the parking lot areas at the former terminal building at 2901 E. Empire. Parking and pedestrian standing areas will be provided but limited to available capacity. City of Bloomington Police will be providing landside traffic and crowd control along with Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority personnel. Once vehicle capacity has been reached any new participants will be directed to find public parking elsewhere and to respect all commercial and residential property owners in the area. Everyone’s safety and respect for the family and the deceased are paramount.
Directions for Media to staging area: Rte 9 East to Carnahan Drive. Turn right onto Carnahan Drive and proceed straight ahead veering to the right with the road toward the Platinum Jet Center signed building. Parking will be available in the CJ’s Restaurant lot and media personnel are invited to the media staging area outside at Dumont Aviation (signed Platinum Jet Center). Suggested arrival time for media set-up is 9:30 a.m.
Directions for general public: Rte 9 East to Carnahan Drive, location of CJ’s Restaurant at 2901 E. Empire St. Turn right onto Carnahan Drive to enter CIRA Commons and you will be directed to a vehicle parking area. A spectator pedestrian area will be available (no vehicles) in the parking lot north of Dumont Aviation at 2841 E. Empire. Do NOT go to the current terminal building – no activities for Sgt. Rodgers will be held there.