Staff Sergeant Michael A. Klose, United States Air Force, is remembered by his colleagues and friends for his positive and selfless nature, his outgoing and engaging personality. Tragically, he was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident on May 24, 2015, while on assignment at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. His desire to bring out the best in others will live on through a new scholarship fund, established by his parents, Mark and Karen, at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
Born in Dunkirk, New York, SSGT. Klose attended Fredonia Central School, graduating in 2009. Todd Crandall, high school principal, remembers him this way, “He was very pleasant, had a big smile, and while he was kind of quiet and unassuming, he was a kid the teacher could rely on if needed.”
SSGT. Klose’s innate mechanical ability combined with the technical skills he learned at BOCES, prompted him to enlist in the United States Air Force. After training, he was assigned to Spangdahlem, where his responsibilities included maintaining, servicing, and delivering Aerospace Ground Equipment (AEG). He quickly distinguished himself as an exemplary mechanic, able to handle the most complex repairs.
Those who knew SSGT. Klose recall his vibrant personality. U.S. Air Force Major Bryan Wong, 52nd EMS, said “Mike was a tremendous Airman – a ‘maintainer’s maintainer’ who could fix anything. He had a contagious smile that brightened everyone’s mood and had an outgoing personality that drew people to him. He had a positive impact not only on the squadron, but on everyone he met. He will be sorely missed.”
The Staff Sergeant Michael A. Klose Award will be given to a Fredonia Central School graduating senior(s) who exemplify a positive and profound work ethic, interest, energy, and motivation in mechanical, construction, or welding/fabrication fields.
Eligible student(s) must complete an application form, including a short paragraph describing prior experiences in the aforementioned fields by March 15, 2016. Applications are available at the Fredonia Central School Guidance Office. For further details, call 661-3390.