THOMAS “MAC” J. McDONALD
1937 – 2014
We have lost one of our founding members of the SAC Elite Guard Association this past week, Tom McDonald. Tom contributed in so many ways to the organizations growth through our formative years from 2003-2008. It is with a heavy heart that I report that Tom died on July 3, 2014 and was buried July 8th at Ft. Sill National Cemetery with full military honors.
He served honorably during his 28 years as an Air/Security Policeman/Security Forces member. Tom proudly achieved the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. During his early career he served on the Elite Guard. His first duty was a member of the drill team and then assumed the role of security details at SAC Headquarters. During Tom’s Air Force career he served at many bases both stateside and overseas including service in South East Asia (Thailand).
Over the years Tom became a guiding force within the SAC Elite Guard Association. He designed our Logo’s, Insignias and the exceptional Elite Guard display that currently resides at the Air and Space Museum outside Omaha Nebraska. Tom could always be counted upon to help with computer issues, including the inception of our SAC Elite Guard website, which he also helped design and manage. His devotion to our association has been outstanding and appreciated. His leadership role and contributions to the organization will be missed.
Tom leaves behind his bride Judy of 48 years of marriage, a son Douglas who also was a career Air Force member along with his beloved granddaughter Kendall, all of whom he loved very much.
Those of us who knew Tom will miss him greatly. My friendship with Tom allowed me to realize what an extraordinary individual lie behind this mild mannered man who continued to give of himself tirelessly to our organization even during his failing health.
Rest in peace SAC warrior, husband, dad, grandfather and friend. You will not be forgotten, we all know you are standing tall in that Guardmount in the Sky.