Nicholas Thomas Giglio
(Asbury Park Press)

AGE: 32
Nicholas Thomas Giglio, 32, of Dalzell, S.C., died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, in the line of duty while piloting an Air Force F-16 fighter jet over the coast of South Carolina in service to his nation.
A private military memorial service was conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 at Shaw Air Force Base. In remembrance, a Celebration of Life Service will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8 at Lacey Township High School. Visitation with the family will be prior to the service starting at 1 p.m.
Captain Giglio was born Dec. 18, 1976 in Toms River to the parents of Jerry and Helen (Lokken) Giglio. He graduated from Lacey Township High School in 1995. Captain Giglio enlisted in the Air Force, where he was first assigned to McGuire Air Force Base, NJ as an aircraft communications/navigations systems journeyman on the C-141. In 1998, Captain Giglio received a military scholarship, allowing him to pursue a Bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., as well as complete the ROTC program with Detachment #157. He commissioned as an Air Force Officer in May 2003. He received his Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training at Sheppard AFB, TX in 2004. He continued at Sheppard as a first assignment instructor pilot with the T-37, as well as completed the introduction to fighter fundamentals program in July 2008. Captain Giglio trained to fly the F-16 at Kelly AFB in San Antonio, Texas. He was just recently assigned to the 77th F-16 Fighter Squadron at Shaw AFB, SC. Captain Giglio was married to Leigh Lauren Costa on July 1, 2000. He became a father to his daughter, Grace, in 2008 and will become a father to a son, Caleb, in 2010. He was a wonderful husband, loving father, loyal son and brother, as well as a friend to all. He will be dearly missed.
Captain Giglio is survived by his wife, Leigh; children, Grace, and unborn son, Caleb; his parents, Jerry and Helen; a sister, Tracy; and a sister-in-law, Carmen.
Memorials can be made to his children's educational fund: Checks can be made out to AWCF (Giglio Family). Donations may be mailed to AWCF, P.O. Box 1553, Front Royal, VA 22630-0033. Donations may be made online at
Captain Giglio will be laid to his eternal rest among his fellow Heroes at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18 on the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. Layton's Home For Funerals, Forked River, is in charge of arrangements.

Published by Asbury Park Press on Nov. 4, 2009.
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Dear Helen, I can't believe this tragedy. May God give you and your family comfort at this time.
Brenda Kobylarz/Jablonski
November 9, 2009
Jerry, Helen, Leigh, Grace, Caleb, Tracy and Carmen, we are so very sorry. We just can't imagine your grief. Our hearts ache for you. This is a great loss, a second great loss. It is just too hard to bear. We pray that your sorrow would be supported by God's great love. Our love is with you and so are our prayers.
Michael and Sandy Giglio
November 6, 2009
Our thoughts, prayers and eternal gratitude go out to you, Nicky, and your beautiful wife, children, parents, and relatives. You are an inspiration. You sacrificed not only for your dreams but for our country. There are no words that can adequately express our gratitude to you and your family for making the ultimate sacrifice. God Bless You. You are missed.
Lori and Anthony Sulvinski-Marie T's daughter and grandson-Orlando, FL
Lori Sulvinski
November 5, 2009
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Captain Giglio. He sacrificed everything to protect his country and keep it safe for all of us. We are not related but we do share a name. God Bless You.
Patricia Giglio-Olson
November 4, 2009
Helen - You are always in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you and your family. With love, Irene Newman
Irene Newman
November 4, 2009
To the Giglio Family - As parents of an F-16 pilot, the loss of your husband, son and brother Nicholas breaks our hearts. We pray for him. Thank you for your great sacrifice. You gave us one of America's finest sons. May God's grace settle into your hearts and give you peace. Susan and Bob Faustmann (Penns Park, PA)
November 4, 2009
Please accept my deepest sympathy for your terrible loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless your family.


Jody Nunan
November 4, 2009
Jerry and Helen,
Our deepest condolences to you and you daughter-inlaw. We still remember the young man working with Mike B. and talking about his dream to fly. He was an inspiration to all who knew him. Our prayers are with his young wife and family. Neighbors from the Pines
Michael & Jean Coale
November 4, 2009
I did not know this brave man but I would like to thank him for serving our country. He will never be forgotten.
November 4, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Giglio and Costa families. God bless.
Jessica Donnelly O'Neill
November 4, 2009
Jerry and Helen,
Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. We were so sorry to hear about your loss.

John and Sharon Sherwood
November 4, 2009
I do not know you, but would like to thank you for devoting your life to protect the United States of America. You are a true hero.
November 4, 2009
I am so deeply sorry to learn of the passing of Capt.Giglio. I knew his father well and though we lost touch I have never forgotten Jerry or his family. I will always remember Nicky as a tall skinny guy with a big smile. This is too sad and so wrong. God bless Nick and his family.
Donald Recine
November 4, 2009
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