August 5, 1959 - November 22, 2018
The following was received from Deborah's husband of 35 years, Capt. Mike Sweeley:
Deborah Sharon Sweeley, my beloved wife and hero! Deborah left FTL with a vision in mind…it was a big step for her, but one she never shied away from. Deb went back to school, she graduated from Mesa Community college with a 4.0 grade point average…she moved on too then obtain all of her licenses, including a 737 type-rating. After speeding time flying for USAir express she moved on to corporate pilot, flying every model of Beech King Air built plus the Lear Jet, for various corporations. She then decided to go back to school…she graduated with a 4.0 grade point average from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical with a BS in aeronautical science, a Master’s Degree in aeronautical engineering and a second Master’s Degree in Aviation Management. Upon graduation Deb accepted a job with the NTSB as an investigator in the Anchorage field office…she subsequently moved to the sister agency the FAA where she spent 14 years as a Senior Operations’ Officer at the Regional Operations Center in Anchorage, she coordinated many different FAA functions ranging from wife’s wondering where their husbands were, downed pilots calling for help, crashes in remote mountain locations, commercial flights on north pacific routes declaring emergencies, too coordinating airspace restrictions when Air Force One transited Alaskan airspace. To quote Deb: “I do this because it gives me great pleasure to help pilots”!
I will miss my wife of 35 years; I can only say quoting John Magee:
“And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.”
Fair well my love…Blue Skies and Tailwinds.
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