Col (ret) Nicholas (Nick) Keck passed on 23 November 2018. He served 30 years on active duty from 1959-1989 as a Provost Marshal; Minuteman Missile Senior Standardization Crew member, 4-time Squadron Commander (last as 89th SPS responsible for Presidential Aircraft security); Director of Resources Management at 12AF, HQ TAC, and HQ USAF; RAF Regiment Exchange Officer; Air War College Student; Professor of Aerospace Sciences, Kent State Univ; Chief Security Police, HQ Air Training Command and served a tour in Vietnam and Thailand. Nick was a Founding and Life Member of AFSFA. He edited Tiger Flight for 15 years, served on the Board of Directors for two terms, was the AFSFA Secretary and the first inductee into the AFSFA Hall of Fame in 2008 and the only active duty member present at the founding of our Association. Nick’s contagious smile and laugh and candor will be sorely missed. Nick is survived by his wife Felice and their two children, Kristopher and Nicole. 


#3 Tom Farrar 2018-12-20 20:03
Colonel Nick Keck. I worked with Col Keck on the HQ ATC SP Staff in the late 80's. I learned more about proper grammar in both professional and personal correspondence than at any other time in my life (Career). He selected me to spearhead the command Peacekeeper Challenge Competition. One day, he and I were discussing the upcoming competition. He must have sensed a bit of worry on my part. He looked at me, squarely in my face, and said; "Tom, don't worry about it. Everything will be fine, and oh by the way, if it's not...I'll kill (sic) your career!" He was kidding of course, but he had a way of making you feel just a bit unsure..... What an honor it was to have known and worked for this great man. I am deeply saddened by his passing. Blessings to his family! - Tom Farrar
#2 fullclay 2018-12-01 09:00
My deepest condolence to the family of Colonel Nick Keck.I was just an A1C in 1968 when Colonel Keck (then Operations Officer at Udorn RTAFB, Thailand) endorsed my APR. He left just before the June 27, 1968 attack on Udorn. Although I followed his editorship of AFSFA magazine since its founding, I never met him again until 2012 during the AFSFA National Meeting in Dallas, TX . Since then we shared many stories at successive AFSFA Meetings, one of which some of you may remember about the story of how he came to use only green ink pens to edit Presidential Support security regulations while commanding the 89th. I enjoyed equally talking with his wife, Felice. Rest In Peace, Patriot Warrior!! God be with you and all your loved ones!!
James "Jim" Fullwood, CMSgt, Retired.
#1 kfree51 2018-11-30 19:04
I salute Colonel Nick Keck's service to our country and offer condolences to the family. Nick and I served briefly together at Kirtland , then home to Air Force Office of Security Police. He was a great mentor and an exceptional senior officer during challenging times in Air Force history. The nation, our Air Force and Security Forces are stronger because of his continuous and steadfast devotion to service.
Ken Freeman, Col, USAF

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