Lt. Col. Albert S. Borchik Jr., U.S. Air Forced (ret.), passed away suddenly at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center on Jan. 30, 2013.
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Al was born on May 28, 1930, to Albert S. and Marie K Borchik Sr. in Cleveland, Ohio.
Al is preceded in death by his parents and his oldest son, Lt. Col. (re.t) Albert S. Borchik III. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Sally W. Borchik; three sons, Jeffrey R. Borchik and wife, LouAnn, George A. Borchik and wife, Marianne, and Gerald L. Borchik and wife, Maria; one daughter, Kimberly A. Ellis and husband, Richard; seven grandchildren, Sara Wade and husband, Jamison, Robbie Borchik and wife, Amanda, Alan Borchik, Stephen Borchik, Andrew Borchik (fiancé, Brandy Mortimer), Alexander Borchik and Elyse Borchik; and one great-grandchild, Emi Wade.
Following graduation from High School in 1948, he attended the College of Wooster before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1950. Al served from December, 1950 to March, 1977. He served as a B-29 Navigator during the Korean War and as an F-4D pilot during two combat tours in the Vietnam War. The first tour was an Assistant Operations Officer/Flight Commander in the 433 TFS, 8TFW, Ubon RTAFB, Thailand. During his second tour, he served as Deputy Commander for Operations, 12 TFW, PhuCat AB, SVN. Also during this tour, he served as Director of Air Operations, Task Force Alpha, Nakhom Phnom and as Assistant Deputy Commander for Operation, 432 TFW, Udorn RTAFB, Thailand. On March 31, 1977, he retired as Chief of Plans, Fighter Test Directorate, Tactical Air Warfare Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During his Air Force career, in 1952, he attended Aviation Cadet Navigator Training, Pilot Training in 1955, Squadron Officer School in 1961, The Armed Forces Staff College in 1966 and the Air War College in 1971 along with associated Jungle, Arctic, Water and Desert Survival Schools. During his Air Force career, Al received numerous decoration, citations and awards. The most recent being The Bronze Star.
In 1973, under Operation Bootstrap, he graduated from Troy University earning a bachelor's degree followed by a master's degree.
Following retirement from the U.S. Air Force, he serviced as Town Manager/Clerk for the Town of Cinco Bayou, Fla., for 18 years. During that time served as a member of the Florida City Manager's Association, The Florida City Clerk's Association and its Director of the North Region, and the Secretary of the Okaloosa League of Cities. During this time, he earned a PhD in Public Administration.
He was an active member of the Order of Daedalians, the QuietBirdmen, the Red River Valley Fighter Pilot's Association, the Elks Club, the VFW and the DAV, serving as a Chapter Service Officer. He and his wife served as volunteers at Sun-n-Fun, Lakeland, Fla., for 20 years from November thru April assisting Sun-n-Fun Staff and other volunteers getting the site ready for the annual Sun-n-Fun Fly-In. When he was home he kept busy volunteering at the Eglin Satellite Pharmacy, the Air Armament Museum and the USO Lounge. He always enjoyed talking to people especially about airplanes which was his second love.
Family will greet friends on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach. Funeral Service with full military honors will be held Sunday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. at Emerald Coast Funeral Home. Burial will be at Barrancas Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla., at a later date. Expressions of love and sympathy may be viewed online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home
113 Racetrack Road Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News from Feb. 1 to Feb. 2, 2013