Kenneth A. Hammerberg(1934 - 2013)

Kenneth Hammerberg passed away on Jan. 29, 2013, at home with his loving wife, Sylvia, by his side, after a tough battle with Melanoma. Ken was born in Queens, N.Y., to Swedish parents, Arthur and May Hammerberg.
Ken spent a great deal of his life in service to our Nation. He received his Aviation Certificate before entering the United States Air Force at MacDill Air Force Base. After working as an Aircraft Technician and Supervisor of Aircraft Maintenance, he moved into Missile Systems. He then became a Quality Assurance Advisor to the Italian Air Force at Taranto, Italy, for three years, where he trained Italian Air Force personnel on the use and maintenance of missile equipment. While in Italy, he took part in the dismantling of missile systems which later earned him letters of commendations from the Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara, as well as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of the U.S. Air Force.
He then moved to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., where he performed modifications on missile systems and trained personnel. While in California, he completed college with specialties in Engineering and Personnel Management. After retirement from the U.S. Air Force, he joined the Civil Service ranks at Eglin Air Force Base. He worked with the AIM-9L Missile Program and soon after moved into the new start Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programs for the SR-116 Rocket Motor Reload and the AIM-9P FMS Missile. He was the Configuration Manager for the next 17 years. He was also a major player in various other FMS programs to provide many different versions of missiles to a number of foreign countries.
Ken's final retirement was in 1994. He really enjoyed golf and played often. Ken also loved to get all his former work associates together for luncheons at the Hightide Restaurant, a ritual he began back in 1984. Ken loved life, never met a stranger, always wore a smile, and was very caring to others.
Ken is survived by his daughter, Karen, who lives in Santa Monica, Calif.; his adoring wife, Sylvia, and her children, Kimberly Wilson (Patrick), Chuck Nash (Lynn), Mary Riviezzo (Michael) and David Nash (Mary); plus grandchildren, Stephanie, Andrew, Whitney, Joshua, Kane, Jeffrey, Nash, Christopher and Zachary, who Ken held very dear.
A memorial service will be held at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 363 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Fort Walton Beach, on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at 11 a.m. Burial will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at the Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola at 11 a.m., with full Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church or to Covenant Hospice, www.covenanthospice.org/ftwalton beach/, who took such wonderful care of us during our difficult time.

Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Feb. 16, 2013