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Long-serving Nebraska Wing Member Passes

May 29, 2022

In Memoriam: North Central Region is saddened to learn the news of the passing of Lt Col Ralph M. Gibbons, of the Nebraska Wing Fremont Cadet Squadron. Lt Col Gibbons passed away on 1 April 2022 at the age of 84.

A retired Major in the U.S. Air Force, he went on to teach 5th and 6th graders for 20 years in the Fremont public school system. A member of CAP since 1986, he served with the Fremont Cadet Squadron as their testing officer, public affairs officer, and finance officer.

His CAP awards include the USAF Organizational Excellence Award, Crisis Service Award, Gill Robb Wilson Award, Paul E. Garber Award, Grover Loening Aerospace Award, Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Award, and the Brigadier General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager Aerospace Education Achievement Award. Lt Col Gibbons held master ratings in Professional Development, Finance, and Cadet Programs.

He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Gibbons, five children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Memorials may be directed to the Fremont Public Schools Foundation or the St. Labre Indian School, Tongue River Road, Ashland, MT, 59003.

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