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Team Pete mourns unexpected death of wing commander

Col. Thomas Falzarano, 21st Space Wing commander, and 21st SW Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Jacob Simmons, spoke to the Airmen of Thule Air Base, Greenland during an all call July 19, 2019. At the end of the all call, the 21st SW leadership opened the floor up for questions from the Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow)

Col. Thomas Falzarano, 21st Space Wing commander, and 21st SW Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Jacob Simmons, spoke to the Airmen of Thule Air Base, Greenland during an all call July 19, 2019. At the end of the all call, the 21st SW leadership opened the floor up for questions from the Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow)

Col. Thomas Falzarano, 21st Space Wing commander, left, talks with Senior Airman Paul Karasiewicz, a 21st Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter Aug. 7, 2019, on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Falzarano, as part of a tour of the 21st CES, met the many Airmen in the squadron and learned about what they do everyday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

Col. Thomas Falzarano, 21st Space Wing commander, left, talks with Senior Airman Paul Karasiewicz, a 21st Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter Aug. 7, 2019, on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Falzarano, as part of a tour of the 21st CES, met the many Airmen in the squadron and learned about what they do everyday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Colonel Thomas G. Falzarano, 21st Space Wing commander, was pronounced dead at his on-base home May 12, 2020.

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.

Out of respect for the Falzarano family, we ask everyone to respect their privacy during this trying time. For information contact the 21st Space Wing public affairs office at 719-556-5185. His bio is available at https://www.peterson.af.mil/About/Biographies/Display/Article/1899810/col-thomas-g-falzarano/