Michael T. "Spike" West (1962 - 2013)

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Tech. Sgt. (retired) Mike West, an HC130 Loadmaster/Instructor, passed away at age 51 after a long and valiant battle with cancer on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at Baptist Medical Center in Pensacola, Fla. Born the son of Thomas and Shirley West in Lapeer, Mich., Mike left home at the tender age of 19 and proudly served his country for 24 years in the U.S. Air Force. In 2005 he honorably retired from his last duty assignment at the 9th SOS (Special Operations Squadron) Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During Mike's military career as a Special Operations air crew member, he participated in flood relief operations in Africa, served as a casualty assistance aircrew member in support of the Panama campaign, Kosovo operation and many other hostile actions. He proudly transported and assisted wounded, ill and injured service members of all branches of service. Throughout his military career, he participated with airdrop relief operations of critical supplies to many refugees of war torn countries. Mike served as a passionate and loyal patriot and a dedicated airmen. During his military career, Mike was awarded the National Defense Service Medal w/Bronze Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/3 Bronze Star, Southwest Asia Service Medal w/2 Bronze Star, Kosovo Campaign Medal w/Bronze Star, Armed Forces Service Medal w/Bronze Star, Humanitarian Service Medal w/2 Bronze Star, Air Force Achievement Medal w/2 OLC, Aerial Achievement Medal w/3 OLC, Air Medal w/5 OLC, Air Force Commendation Medal w/2 OLC, Combat Readiness Medal w/3 OLC, AF Good Conduct Medal w/Silver Cluster, NATO Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kuwait, GWOT Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award w/3 OLC, AF Outstanding Unit Award w/Valor w/5 OLC, AF Longevity Service Award w/4 OLC, AF Overseas Long Tour Ribbon w/1 OLC, NCO Professional Military Education Ribbon w/2 OLC, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon w/Bronze Star, Air Force Training Ribbon, and the AF Exp. Service Ribbon w/Gold Border w/3 OLC. Mike's passion in life after family and friends included a love of cars, trucks and motorcycles. As a child Mike was called, with loving affection, Michael T. "Turkey" Thomas West by his loving baby sister Kris, whom he had taught how to look cross-eyed. Mike is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Pam West; his son, Sonny Hill; daughters, Josie West and Kelly Warden; parents, Tom and Shirley West; sister, Kris Engebretson; grandchildren, Andrew, Zeke, Elizabeth and Alec; in-law parents, Ron and Millie Miller; sisters-in-law, Deb Beaman, Rene'e Ray, Shelly Moore and Sandy Grammer; any many loved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Mike was loved and admired by everyone who met him. A memorial ceremony will be held at Barrancas Naval Air Station, 1 Cemetery Road, Pensacola, FL on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at 1:15 p.m. Our sincere thanks go out to his many caring friends and all are welcome to attend. Informal attire accepted. Time and place of memorial service will be posted on Facebook. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Air Commando Association, P.O. Box 7, Mary Esther, FL 32569 and Attn: MIKE WEST FUND.
Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.Twincitiescremationsfunerals.com.
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Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on Sept. 15, 2013
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