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This is such a loss not only to the Air Force, but to the family and friends as well.
May God comfort the family and carry them in his arms and be with Col Dawson's soul.
I had the privilege to work for Col Dawson at the 99th CS at Nellis AFB and to get to know Lydia and Breanna.

Posted by: Billie Looney - Henderson, NV - Resource Advisor at 99th Comm Sq   Feb 15, 2013

Mike was a friend of mines from back in, you will truly be missed. RWG

Stephen Lee

Posted by: Stephen Lee - Wash, DC - Friend   Feb 15, 2013

To a great Commander and leader. Thank you for your guidance amd direction at Nellis AFB. You will be greatly missed. My condolences to your family.

Posted by: Brian Lillie - Hanscom AFB, MA   Jan 30, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers pour out to Lydia, Breanna, and the Dawson family! Col Dawson was one of the finest Commanders I ever had in my 25 years of service. He was a fine leader who led from the front and took the time to get to know his people. The Radio/Airfield shop we had during his tenure will surely miss one of the best Airman and Commanders the Air Force ever knew! Col Dawson, you will be truly missed by all!

Posted by: Dan Hamblin, MSgt USAF (Ret) - Satellite Beach, FL - 81 CS Radio Shop, NCOIC '00-'05   Jan 27, 2013

The world has lost a great man and a hero, but heaven has truly earned back an angel. There are no words that can express how much my mentor meant to me and how devastating a loss this is. God bless you Lydia, Briana, and all of the family. You will forever be in my prayers and the memory of Col Dawson will forever be in my heart!

Posted by: TSgt Raneisha Russum - Sheppard AFB, TX - Former Troop and mentee   Jan 25, 2013

My thoughts and prayers go out to Lydia, Briana and the entire family. I had the honor of working for Col Dawson as his secretary at the 99th Communications Squadron Nellis AFB NV. Col Dawson was a Great Boss, very genuine, caring and always supportive. May you rest in peace Sir.

Posted by: Cindy Bennett - Nellis AFB Las Vegas, NV - Friend   Jan 23, 2013

Col Dawson was a great commander, leader and person...he will be missed by all that knew him. God bless Lydia and his family.

Posted by: Joseph Stiles - FL   Jan 20, 2013

As I think about you, I'm reminded of the question often asked...Am I my brother's keeper. You lead by example. You personnally embodied the core values we so often recite as Airmen. You gave of yourself to all whose path you crossed. You are our friend, you are our brother. It is with our deepest sympathy to no longer have you here on earth, but as you rest in eternity, I know your spirit shall continue to live on. We

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Posted by: Maria, Kelvin and Family - Dover, DE - Friend   Jan 19, 2013

The Air Force has lost an exemplary leader and the Officer corps has lost a great mentor. Though I left Keesler AFB a few weeks prior to Hurricane Katrina, I firmly believe it was his leadership that enabled the 81CS to successfully respond to the disaster and manage the aftermath.

My deepest condolences to the Dawson family.

Posted by: Capt Bryan Adomanis - WPAFB, OH - Former 81CS troop   Jan 19, 2013

Col Dawson was an outstanding commander and valued friend. Those of us who worked for him at 99 CS/OL-A, Creech AFB will never forget the tremendous care and support. Our deepest condolences to the Dawson family. He is truly missed.

Posted by: Bob & Hulda Sisk - 799 ABS/SC, Creech AFB, NV - Friend   Jan 18, 2013