Leader of 21st Space Wing At Peterson Air Force Base Passes Away

The leader of the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs has passed away.

Col. Thomas G. Falzarano took over command of the Wing during June 2019. During his tenure, he worked with around 4,300 professionals across the globe on missile defense and space control for combat forces, among other responsibilities.

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said in a statement Falzarano was a great collaborator and organized area base commanders to work with Colorado Springs on coronavirus-related issues.

"This is a tremendous loss for our community and our hearts go out to his family," said Suthers in a statement.

Peterson Air Force Base officials say initial indications are that Falzarano died from natural causes and the death is not related to COVID-19.

"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, in a statement. "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."

Johnson now takes over the role of commander.