Gone But Not Forgotten

Honoring fallen comrades is an important part of the AOG mission and we ask to be notified as soon as possible of the death of any graduate, Air Training Officer or cadet so that we can take appropriate actions. The AOG has learned of the following deaths within the past 90 days.

For best results, try searching by Last Name (e.g. Smith), Class Year (e.g. 1959), or Cadet Squadron (e.g. CS-01). More complex searches may not return desired results.

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Mr. James Kyle - Class of 1961, CS-14

Deceased on January 18, 2024 - Informed on January 29, 2024

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. A private memorial will be held at a later date. Obituary: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/name/james-birch-kyle-obituary?id=54220520

Lt Col (Ret) Michael Rawlins - Class of 1961, CS-07

Deceased on January 7, 2023 - Informed on January 29, 2024

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. A Memorial service be held at a later date at the USAFA Cemetery. Obituary: https://www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com/obituary/Michael-Rawlins

Dr. John Harkey , Jr. - Class of 1967, CS-11

Deceased on January 20, 2024 - Informed on January 26, 2024

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence informaiton. Memorial service: 1000 hours on 6 April 2024 at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1808 Woodmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37215. Memorial donations: In lieu of flowers the family has suggested donations be made to Walk/Bike Nashville, https://www.walkbikenashville.org/donate. Obituary: https://www.crawfordservices.com/obituary/john-harkey

Col (Ret) Theodore Sahd - Class of 1963, CS-17

Deceased on October 5, 2023 - Informed on January 23, 2024

Please contact the Assocation of Graduates for condolence informaiton. Funeral service: 1300 hours on 27 Oct 2023 at French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM. Interment: 1400 hours on 26 April 2024 at the USAFA Cemetery. Memorial donations: In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Lustgarten Foundation, https://events.lustgarten.org/give/192132/#!/donation/checkout. Obituary: https://www.frenchfunerals.com/obituaries/theodore-sahd

Lt Col (Ret) William Casement - Class of 1974, CS-40

Deceased on January 22, 2024 - Informed on January 22, 2024

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information.

Mr. James McCracken , Jr. - Class of 1965, CS-23

Deceased on January 10, 2024 - Informed on January 22, 2024

Please contact the Assocation of Graduates for condolence information. Funeral service: Services will be held at the USAFA Cemetery at a later date. Obituary: https://www.danielsfuneral.com/obituaries/james-mccracken

Col (Ret) William Zersen - Class of 1960, CS-04

Deceased on December 31, 2023 - Informed on January 22, 2024

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Burial service: 1400 hours on 1 Jul 2024 at the USAFA Cemetery. No futher information is available.

Mr. John McDonough - Class of 1961, CS-06

Deceased on December 4, 2023 - Informed on January 22, 2024

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Memorial service and interment: 1300 hours on 10 December 2023 at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, 2700 Dolfield Dr., North Chesterfield, VA 23235. Obituary: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/legacyremembers/john-mcdonough-obituary?id=53805452

Mr. Joseph Maher - Class of 1969, CS-14

Deceased on January 11, 2024 - Informed on January 18, 2024

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Funeral service: 1000 hours on 16 Jan 2024, at New Hope Church, 319 E O St, Ogallala, NE 69153. Interment: 1200 hours on 26 Jan 2024, at the USAFA cemetery. Obituary: https://www.prairiehillsfuneralhome.com/obituaries/pat-maher

Mr. Richard Schlosberg III - Class of 1965, CS-13

Deceased on January 10, 2024 - Informed on January 12, 2024

Please contact the Assocation of Graduates for condolence information. Visitation: 1700 hours until 1900 hours on 18 Jan 2024 at Porter Loring Mortuary, 1101 McCullough Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78212. Funeral Service: 1100 hours on 19 Jan 2024 at Concordia Lutheran Church, 16801 Huebner Road, San Antonio, TX 78258. Memorial donations: In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Tobin Center For Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio, TX 78205, https://www.tobincenter.org/join-support; The San Antonio Report, 711 Navarro St. Ste 535, San Antonio, TX 78205, https://sanantonioreport.fundjournalism.org/donate/?campaign=7018Y000001aKFYQA2; or to the Texas Biomedical Research Foundation, P.O. Box 760549, San Antonio, TX 78245, https://www.txbiomed.org/support-us/donate/ Obituary: https://www.porterloring.com/obituaries/Richard-T-Dick-Schlosberg-Iii?obId=30360531

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Frequently Asked Questions

Gone But Not Forgotten Annual Publication

The Air Force Academy Association and Foundation are introducing a new benefit to better memorialize USAFA graduates and support their families. We are launching a new annual memorial publication in 2025.

A: As the Academy graduate population ages, Checkpoints is increasingly insufficient in accommodating the increasing number of obituaries. This has necessitated the creation of a new publication as part of our commitment to remembering all fallen graduates, Air Training Officers and cadets.
A: The purpose of the publication is to honor and perpetuate the legacy of the Long Blue Line through the personal stories of our graduates. The publication is in the spirit of our mission to support the Academy, serve graduates and preserve the heritage of the institution.
A: Gone But Not Forgotten will be part of the final name, which is not yet finalized.
A: No, but the Association will list basic information on deaths in each issue of Checkpoints.
A: No. If/when memorial articles are sent to the AOG, the tribute is posted to this webpage.
A: A complimentary copy will be mailed to a loved one of the deceased. It is not yet determined if the printed publication will be available at a nominal cost or at no cost to AOG members.
A: There will be a one-year transition period. Memorial articles sent in to run in Checkpoints in 2024 will also appear in the inaugural memorial publication. The deadline for Gone But Not Forgotten submissions in the December 2024 issue of Checkpoints is mid-October, but any memorial articles about deaths for the remainder of 2024 received by mid-January 2025 will appear in the inaugural 2025 stand-alone publication. Then going forward, the full years’ worth of tributes would be published in the next year’s volume.
A: The first memorial publication will likely be printed in February or March of 2025.
A: We currently have a 400-word maximum for each memorial tribute and will continue with that limit for the first stand-alone publication. We’re doing this because we have already received submissions at that length and don’t plan to ask for longer versions for the 2025 edition.
A: We will transition to roughly 450- or 900-word options for memorial tributes. Whoever writes and submits the memorial article with have the option to write to either word limit.
A: A recent favorite photo of the deceased, when possible. The photo (head and shoulders, color preferred) should be emailed as a .jpg and sent as a high-resolution image.
A: Please email Next-of-Kin Support Specialist Terri Davis at deceasednotifications@usafa.org.
A: Please reach out to David Bitton, assistant director of strategic communications and publications, at 719-247-8745 or use our Contact Form.

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