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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Maj (Ret) Michael Ramirez - Class of 1994, CS-14

Deceased on December 13, 2023 - Informed on December 28, 2023

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Visitation: 0930 hours on 22 Dec 2023 at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347. Service: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1100 hours on 22 Dec 2023 at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347. Burial service: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, 12390 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347. Memorial donations: Folds of Honor Foundation, https://foldsofhonor.org/ or to Prevent Cancer Foundation, https://www.preventcancer.org/. Obituary: https://www.swnewsmedia.com/onlinemarketplace/tributes/obituaries/obituary-for-michael-ramirez/article_a657e3d0-9dec-11ee-ba31-4772107b8638.html

Mr. Thomas Gibbs , Jr. - Class of 1965, CS-16

Deceased on December 12, 2023 - Informed on December 28, 2023

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. A celebration of life with be held at his long-time home that he cherished. Memorial donations: In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to a charity of your choice in honor of Ted. Obituary: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/legacyremembers/thomas-ted-gibbs-jr-obituary?id=53865633

Col (Ret) Donald Wolfswinkel - Class of 1960, CS-02

Deceased on December 18, 2023 - Informed on December 21, 2023

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Services with Military Honors will take place at 1400 hours on 5 Jan 2023 at St. Andrews Church (Historic Church), 440 WHilden, St. Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464. Memorial Donations: Please consider making a donation in Don's name to the Alzheimer's Association at https://www.alz.org/ or the Charleston Animal Society at https://charlestonanimalsociety.org/. Obituary: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/charleston/name/donald-wolfswinkel-obituary?id=53888223

Maj Gen (Ret) Jerrold Allen - Class of 1966, CS-09

Deceased on December 13, 2023 - Informed on December 19, 2023

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Memorial service: 1330 hours, 29 Dec 2023 at Joint Base San Antonio Randolph Air Force Base Chapel One, 2 Washington Circle, Randolph AFB, TX,. Interment: At a later date at USAFA cemetery, Memorial donations: The family has suggested in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Major General Jerrold P. Allen Fund for Leadership Excellence at Virginia Tech. Donations can be made at vtcc.vt.edu/give.html and should include the fund name (The VTCC Major General Jerrold P. Allen Fund for Leadership Excellence) and fund number (860521). Obituary: https://www.porterloring.com/obituaries/Jerrold-Park-Allen?obId=30132293

Lt Col (Ret) Lloyd Felder - Class of 1976, CS-40

Deceased on December 6, 2023 - Informed on December 15, 2023

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. Visitation: 1100 hours, 22 Dec 2023 at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 18410 Chapel Dr Triangle, VA 22172. Celebration of Life service: 1200 hours, 22 Dec 2023 at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 18410 Chapel Dr Triangle, VA 22172. Interment: 1330 hours, 22 Dec 2023 at National Memorial Cemetery at Quantico, 18424 Joplin Rd (Route 619), Triangle, VA 22172. Memorial donations: In lieu of flowers, and to honor Richey's heart for others, monetary contributions can be made to the following organizations in memory of Lloyd Richey Felder: United Negro College Fund, https://secure2.convio.net/uncf/site/SPageNavigator/Donate.html; National Alliance on Mental Illness, https://www.nami.org/Home; American Cancer Society, https://donate.cancer.org/?campaign=default&lang=en; Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, https://www.jdrf.org/. Obituary: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/name/lloyd-felder-obituary?id=53867609

Maj Gen (Ret) Peter Robinson - Class of 1962, CS-19

Deceased on December 1, 2023 - Informed on December 13, 2023

Please contact the Assocation of Graduates for condolence information. Funeral Mass: 1100 hours on 22 Dec 2023 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 3424 4th St. NW, Abuquerque, NM. Interment: 1000 hours on 19 April 2024 at the USAFA cemetery. Memorial donations: In lieu of flowers, contributions to Catholic Charities, Albuquerque will be gratefully accepted in Pete's name. https://apps.ccasfnm.org/donate-now Obituary: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/abqjournal/name/peter-robinson-obituary?id=53803826

Mr. Patrick Sullivan - Class of 1970, CS-29

Deceased on December 2, 2023 - Informed on December 11, 2023

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condonlence information. Funeral service: 1100 hours on 8 Dec 2023 at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, 7070 Houston Rd., Macon, GA 31216. Memorial donations: In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Patrick's honor to Middle Georgia Honor Flight, 1114 GA Hwy 96, Suite C-1 #344, Kathleen, GA 31047, or visit https://www.middlegahonorflight.org/ or to FOPAS (Friends of Perry Animal Shelter) 204 Kellwood Dr, Perry, GA 31069. Obituary: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/name/patrick-sullivan-obituary?id=53749689

Mr. Terrance Broadway - Class of 1967, CS-16

Deceased on November 24, 2023 - Informed on December 11, 2023

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. A funeral service will be held on 27 Jan 2023 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1700 N. Meridian Rd., Tallahasse, FL 32303. A burial service will be held at the USAFA Cemetery at a later date. Obituary: https://obituaries.neptunesociety.com/obituaries/tallahassee-fl/terrance-broadway-11562634

Col (Ret) Albert Hamilton - Class of 1965, CS-12

Deceased on November 24, 2023 - Informed on December 11, 2023

Please contact the Association of Graduates for condolence information. A Celebration of Life was held on 9 Dec 2023 at First United Methodist Church, Bryan, TX. Obituary: https://www.hillierfuneralhome.com/obituaries/colonel-albert-thomas-tom-hamilton

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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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