This large group of motorcyclists from the Patriot Guard Riders escorted Joseph Eugene “Joe” Austin, Sr. out to the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery during services this week. Joe Austin had served in the U.S. Air Force as an airplane mechanic. He retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service, having earned the rank of Master Sergeant. Austin was an avid Gold Wing Motorcycle enthusiast. He had logged over 600,000 miles while traveling 49 states and Canada. Austin was a member of the Patriot Guard Riders and continued escorting fallen heroes to their final resting place as long as he could. He was also a member of American Legion Post 11 and VFW Post 9959.