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Peterson AFB Commander remembered

 

Last updated 5/20/2020 at 12:10pm

Colonel Thomas G. Falzarano, 21st Space Wing commander, was pronounced dead at his on-base home May 12.

Falzarano was found unresponsive at the scene. The cause of death is under investigation, but initial indications are that it was due to natural causes. There are currently no indications of a positive COVID-19.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss for our Air and Space Force family," said Gen. Jay Raymond, Chief of Space Operations. "Tom was an incredible leader, mentor and friend who will be remembered for his warm personality and dedicated service to our nation. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to his family, friends and all members of the 21st Space Wing."

"Col. Falzarano was a fearless leader who was motivated by taking care of his family and Airmen," said Col. Sam Johnson, 21st Space Wing vice commander. "He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, and we are providing every comfort and assistance that we can to them."

Falzarano took command of the 21st Space Wing in July 2019. With his passing, Johnson is now commander of the 21st Space Wing.

The El Paso County Commissioners issued this joint statement:

"As a region, we join with our friends at Peterson Air Force Base to mourn the unexpected loss of Col. Thomas G. Falzarano. We thank him and his family for their dedicated service and sacrifice for the protection of our country. We pray that his family and loved ones will be blessed with healing and peace during this difficult time."

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers released the following statement on Falzarano's passing: "We were shocked to learn of the death of Colonel Falzarano. Since he assumed command at Peterson, he was a great partner in working with the city on a variety of matters. As an example, he organized the rest of the area base commanders to work with the city on Coronavirus issues. This is a tremendous loss for our community and our hearts go out to his family."

 

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