TSgt David A. Atkinson
July 22, 1991
Eglin Air Force Base, FL, USA
On July 22nd 1991, TSgt Dave Atkinson was fatally injured following a High Altitude, High Opening (HALO) equipment parachute jump from 12,500 feet on the Eglin AFB range complex. Dave was assigned to the 123rd TAW Kentucky ANG and was participating in military freefall training with members of the 1723rd Special Tactics Squadron from Hurlburt Field, Fl. He was the only combat controller in his unit with previous active duty CCT experience and was the driving force in developing viable and realistic training programs.
Dave was a person of deep religious convictions with a remarkably strong faith as a Christian. He will be missed by all of us who knew him. Dave is survived by his wife Debra and their two children Zachary and Melissa.