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Technical Sergeant Charles W. Simons, III | United States Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Government United States Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Government

Technical Sergeant

Charles W. Simons, III

United States Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Friday, November 19, 1999

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 19 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Struck by vehicle

Location: Nevada

Incident Date: 11/17/1999

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Technical Sergeant Charles Simons died two days after being struck by a vehicle while directing traffic near a gate of Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The base had received a bomb threat at the main gate and several traffic control points had been setup. After the bomb threat was cleared, officers were attempting to clear the checkpoints of the heavy traffic.

A motorist who was upset about the delays exited his lane of traffic and drove around the other stopped vehicles. Sergeant Simons was struck at an intersection by the vehicle, which was traveling at approximately 45 mph in an area with a posted limit of 25 mph. Sergeant Simons was taken to a local hospital where he remained unconscious until passing away two days after the incident.

Sergeant Simons was a member of the 99th Security Forces Squadron and had been in the Air Force for 19 years.

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Sergeant Simons was my immediate supervisor when I was stationed at Wueschheim Air Station in what was then West Germany, back in 1986-87. I can't be sure, but I may have been one of the first troops he supervised. It's been nearly thirty years since I last saw him, but I only just now learned that he passed away so long ago.

I didn't know him all that well and, as happens too often, I lost contact with him when I processed out of Wueschheim and the Air Force all those years ago, and the memories have faded. What I do remember is that he was always kind and easy to talk to, and always seemed in good spirits. It remains evident by the comments here that Sergeant Simons maintained that attitude throughout his career, perhaps to the benefit of many, many more young troops like I was way back then.

What a lovely tribute to Wes that Nellis Air Force Base named a gate in his honor! May his memory live on forever in the hearts of those he loved and who loved him.

SGT Anthony T. (Tony) Gasbarro
38th Missile Security Squadron, Wueschheim AS, Germany
November 22, 2015


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