MAJOR KELLEY CHASE, DONOR AUGUST 7, 1974 - OCTOBER 13, 2012

LIFESHARE OF OKLAHOMA

A HERO IN SO MANY WAYS

HOMETOWN HERO
Kelley Chase was an all-American guy. At a young age, he requested to attend the New Mexico Military Institute so he could follow in the footsteps of his grandfather who was a B17 pilot. It is very difficult to get accepted into this prestigious institute, but Kelley was a great student and became a very active member of the school. Besides participating in the band, he joined a ski club as an extracurricular activity. Kelley was the person everyone wanted to be friends with and when he made friends those people would become his lifelong friends.

Kelley was very committed to his goals and graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1992.

A HERO TO HIS COUNTRY
After secondary school, Kelley was accepted into the Air Force Academy. Upon graduation in May of 1996, he was appointed to the position of Second Lieutenant. Almost a decade later, Kelley would be stationed in Geilenkirchen, Germany. He did not originally want to move to Germany and leave his home base in the United States, but after getting settled and picking up old hobbies, such as skydiving, Kelley began to enjoy his time there. While stationed abroad, Kelley served as a mission crew commander and air battle manager on an Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS). He also functioned as an Air Force instructor in addition to his crew responsibilities.

Kelley served 16 years in the Air Force, eventually making the rank of Major.

THE HERO HUSBAND
Kelley and Elke first met in August 2005 while both were skydiving at a drop zone in Belgium. They briefly spoke with each other but didn't exchange information. Continue reading
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