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“This is such a loss not only to the Air Force, but to the family and friends as well.May God comfort the family and carry them in his arms and be...Read More »
1 of 38 | Posted by: Billie Looney - Henderson, NV

“Mike was a friend of mines from back in, you will truly be missed. RWG Stephen Lee ”
2 of 38 | Posted by: Stephen Lee - Wash, DC - Friend

“To a great Commander and leader. Thank you for your guidance amd direction at Nellis AFB. You will be greatly missed. My condolences to your...Read More »
3 of 38 | Posted by: Brian Lillie - Hanscom AFB, MA

“Our thoughts and prayers pour out to Lydia, Breanna, and the Dawson family! Col Dawson was one of the finest Commanders I ever had in my 25 years of...Read More »
4 of 38 | Posted by: Dan Hamblin, MSgt USAF (Ret) - FL

“The world has lost a great man and a hero, but heaven has truly earned back an angel. There are no words that can express how much my mentor meant to...Read More »
5 of 38 | Posted by: TSgt Raneisha Russum - TX

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Lydia, Briana and the entire family. I had the honor of working for Col Dawson as his secretary at the 99th...Read More »
6 of 38 | Posted by: Cindy Bennett - NV - Friend

“Col Dawson was a great commander, leader and person...he will be missed by all that knew him. God bless Lydia and his family. ”
7 of 38 | Posted by: Joseph Stiles - FL

“As I think about you, I'm reminded of the question often asked...Am I my brother's keeper. You lead by example. You personnally embodied the core...Read More »
8 of 38 | Posted by: Maria, Kelvin and Family - Dover, DE

“The Air Force has lost an exemplary leader and the Officer corps has lost a great mentor. Though I left Keesler AFB a few weeks prior to Hurricane...Read More »
9 of 38 | Posted by: Capt Bryan Adomanis - WPAFB, OH

“Col Dawson was an outstanding commander and valued friend. Those of us who worked for him at 99 CS/OL-A, Creech AFB will never forget the tremendous...Read More »
10 of 38 | Posted by: Bob & Hulda Sisk - NV - Friend

“The Air Force has lost a great leader and mentor. He has mentored me in so many ways and I am forever greatful. I know he will be missed. ”
11 of 38 | Posted by: Capt Nathan Hofferman - CO

“Colonel Dawson was one of the greatest commanders I have ever worked for. He cared so much for his people and did what ever it took to take care of...Read More »
12 of 38 | Posted by: Major Amy Horan, Mike Horan and the Horan Kids

“Col Dawson may rest in peace, he was a great Commander and leader, will be deeply missed. My prayers to the Dawson Family. God Bless you all. ”
13 of 38 | Posted by: TSgt Moises Guzman

“Michael May you rest in peace in God's unchanging hands. ALMIGHTY GOD, we rejoice to know that your reign extends far beyond the limits of this life....Read More »
14 of 38 | Posted by: MICHELLE HADLEY - tampa, FL

“I will always remeber serving under Col Dawson, as he was my first commander as a Shirt. His guidance, leadership and friendship meant the world to...Read More »
15 of 38 | Posted by: MSgt Stan Joslin - Izmir, Turkey

“Col. Dawson, may you rest in peace. You will always be remembered as a great leader. It was a pleasure working with you in the 99th Communications...Read More »
16 of 38 | Posted by: TSgt Preston G. Tischbein

“Words can not express the sadness we feel hearing the news of such a tragedy. Lydia and Breanna - please know that we are and will continue to pray...Read More »
17 of 38 | Posted by: Scott & Heather Rider - Las Vegas, NV

“Lt. Col Dawson was one of the best commanders I have ever had the pleasure serving with. He took the time to see my potential and qualities and...Read More »
18 of 38 | Posted by: TSgt Marc Ramey - CO

“Michael, we have peace knowing that you're resting in our Creaators arms and that God will give his Peace to Lydia and Brianna. I am humbled to have...Read More »
19 of 38 | Posted by: Vincent Fisher - San Antonio, TX

“You were a joy to work for and the IA office is very appreciative of all the support you gave us at all times. May God in heaven hold you securely...Read More »
20 of 38 | Posted by: Rachel A. Whitfield - Nellis AFB, NV

“Michael, may you rest in peace. We only knew you for a short time(1st met @ Nellis AFB),but you and your family became life long friends immediately....Read More »
21 of 38 | Posted by: Dave & Lisa Walden and Family - VA

“Heaven earned a fine Airman! God Bless Colonel and prayers for your family ”
22 of 38 | Posted by: Col Rob Rocco - Tampa, FL

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lydia and Breanna and to Mike's extended family. Your's was a life well lived my friend and those you leave...Read More »
23 of 38 | Posted by: Matt Haber - Chantilly, VA

“To the family of Michael, My fondest memories of such a wonderful person. This news was very saddening and weighs heavy in my heart. May the peace...Read More »
24 of 38 | Posted by: Victoria Vollrath-Baldree - FL

“On behalf of the 99th Communications Squadron, please accept our condolences. Michael had a tremendous impact here at Nellis, and his record of proud...Read More »
25 of 38 | Posted by: Nathan Paddock, Lt Col, USAF - NV

“You will be greatly missed. ”
26 of 38 | Posted by: Amanda Sedam

“My thoughts and prayers are with Col Dawsons family and friends at this tough time. He was truly a great man and a great Commander at the 99th...Read More »
27 of 38 | Posted by: TSgt Helen Ortiz - Nellis AFB, NV

“My deepest condolences. God Bless you, your daughter and all of your family. Marie Haberman 99 CS - Nellis AFB ”
28 of 38 | Posted by: Marie Haberman - Las Vegas, NV

“My thoughts and prayers are with Col Dawson, his family and all his friends. I had the pleasure of serving with, and learning from, him. You will...Read More »
29 of 38 | Posted by: Chief Tom Snead - Nellis AFB, NV

“My deepest condolenses to the family. I served as Colonel Dawson's First Sergeant for eight months 2009-2010 and saw first hand how he genuinely,...Read More »
30 of 38 | Posted by: Jimmy Glover - Las Vegas, NV

“Rest in will be missed! ”
31 of 38 | Posted by: Phillip Sisneros - Nellis AFB, NV

“I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the family in this very difficult time. I feel truly blessed to have spent some time with you all...Read More »
32 of 38 | Posted by: Charlene Rhyant - Simpsonville, SC

“To a truly great man, husband, father, son, friend and airmen. Michael thanks for being a wonderful shinning light to brighten the days of some many...Read More »
33 of 38 | Posted by: CDR Herman L. Archibald - Tampa, FL

“We the LEE-GIBSON FAMILY REUNION MEMBERS, mourn the loss of Michael. Our prayers and thoughts are with the immediate family. Know that your loss is...Read More »
34 of 38 | Posted by: Phyllis Diane Wiley Taylor - FL

“My prayers are with his family at this time. Michael you will be truly missed:( ”
35 of 38 | Posted by: Nicole Lee - cousin

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you always. ”
36 of 38 | Posted by: Steven Dawson & Family - VA

“I cannot imagine your sadness during this difficult time; but I know that weeping may endure for a while, but over time (and with many loving...Read More »
37 of 38 | Posted by: Angela Gloster

“Our heartfelt condolences to all of the family. We will always miss Mike - Joe & Angie Chester ”
38 of 38 | Posted by: Joseph & Angelika Chester - TX

DAWSON, Michael L., Colonel, 51, of Brandon, passed away suddenly at his home on Jan. 13, 2013. Colonel Dawson returned to Florida in June 2011 to serve at MacDill Air Force Base as Deputy Commander, Joint Communications Support Element (JCSE). He served his country with honor, pride and dignity and received numerous major awards and decorations, including the Bronze Star in 2008 for his role in the war in Afghanistan.
Michael attended Brandon High School where he excelled in academics and sports and starred as quarterback for the football team. He later enrolled in the R.O.T.C. program at Grambling State University where he earned his degree as a Cum Laude graduate. Before his untimely death, he was informed that he would be promoted to the rank of Colonel and his pinning ceremony would be held on February 1, 2013.
Michael is the son of the late Sim Gibson, Jr. Left to mourn his death but celebrate his life is his loving family: Lydia, his very devoted wife of 17 years; Breanna Mikayla, his 12 year old daughter who held her father in the highest esteem; his beloved mother Anna Gibson, his loving sister Felicia Gibson Jaycox and his loyal brothers Maurice and Marlon Gibson. He is also survived by: his uncles, Charles Martin, Ernest Martin, Joseph Chester and Paul Gant; his aunts Sylvia Betts, Linda Gant, Elizabeth Martin, Mattie Martin and Elnora Barnes; his great uncle Emerson Addison Jr. and his wife, Johnnie K.; his brother-in-laws, Thomas Jaycox, Cris Sagcal and Arnel Sagcal; his God brother and best friend since childhood, Steve Osborne; his God brother Daniel Davis; forever friend, Robert Seraphin; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Colonel Dawson was the consummate professional, a leader among leaders, a caring person who helped others attain their goals and aspirations, a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and a highly devoted family man. Words cannot express how much Michael was loved and how deeply he will be missed.
Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, January 18, 2013 at Base Chapel, 2204 Administration Avenue, MacDill AFB, FL 33621. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park, 4202 East Lake Avenue, Tampa.