- Written by John W Probst
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- Published: 15 January 2016
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John W. (Jack) Brokaw, PhD, friend, colleague, and historian and past president of the Air Force Security Forces Association died at age 79 after fighting valiantly against major medical problems. He will be remembered best, by most of our members, for his Tiger Flight articles in which he diligently chronicled our heritage as a career field.
Jack was not a career cop. Like many of our members, he spent four years in the Air Force and then left to follow other interests. Also like many of our members, his time as an air policeman was the defining period of his life. When AFSFA came on the scene in 1986, he had just retired as a professor of Theater Arts at the prestigious University of Texas at Austin. As a former air policeman, a trained researcher, and a professional historian he was the natural choice when we set out to capture the story of the air police. In the weeks and months that followed Jack wrote numerous articles in our magazine telling that story. He was a great contributor to our efforts to record our heritage.
Jack served on the board of directors of the Association and in 2003 was elected president. During his administration two especially important events occurred. We established the Air Force Security Forces Foundation. To date the Foundation has provided aid to many Airmen and their families.
The second event was Director of Security and Law Enforcement BGen Jim Shamess’s invitation to attend and address the SF World Wide Symposium in Dayton, Ohio. While all but one Chief of the security forces has been a member of the Association, this was the first time we were officially recognized as a resource to the active force. This has been an often stated and central goal of AFSFA since its inception.
Most of you who have been regular in attendance at the annual meetings will remember Jack and Zoeanne seldom missed a meeting until his health began to fail. He may be best remembered for the running battle with Larry Madden as to which one could have the dressiest Scottish kilts.
At his request Jack had neither funeral nor honors. He asked that donations in his memory be given to the 100 Club of Central Texas. The 100 Club of Central Texas is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization devoted to providing immediate assistance, both financial and emotional, to injured or killed first responders and their families. Their address is:
100 Club of Central Texas
3200 Steck Ave., #240
Austin, TX 78757
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