Michael Antonio Macias
December 28, 1978 – June 10, 2018
Master Sergeant Michael Antonio Macias was born December 28, 1978, and passed away on June 10, 2018 at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Macias and three daughters Kayla, Alyssa, and Chloe. He is also survived by his Mother – Maria; Siblings – Richard, Jerry, Alexandra, and Jovany; Nieces – Christina, Emily, Lauren Angelina, Ava, Jocelyn, Amanda; Nephews – Richard, David, and Evan. He is proceeded in death by his Father – German; Brothers – David and German. Michael joined the Air Force in 2000 and served honorably until his passing. Michael dedicated his adult life - 18 years - to the defense of our great nation, preservation of our democracy and our way of life, and most importantly to the essential task of building a better future for our children and grandchildren. He served in the intelligence career field, providing unprecedented intelligence – analyzing, correlating, and fusing disparate pieces of information - in support of operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Korea, many countries in Central and South America, and a variety of other dangerous places around the world. Michael’s work had a purpose, he saved lives by providing the right intelligence, to the right person at the right time – Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Soldiers around the world have all been benefactors of his superb analysis. Thanks to Michael’s tireless work ethic, selfless service, and commitment to a higher cause we are a safer and more productive nation. Michael’s family welcomes all friends and family to join them in celebrating Michael’s life. The viewing will be held at Thomas M. Quinn & Sons Funeral Home (3520 Broadway, Astoria, N.Y. 11106) 15 June from 2-5pm and 7-9pm. The Funeral will be held at Saint Joseph Church (43-19 30th Avenue, Astoria) beginning with Mass at 10am. In lieu of flowers please consider sending a charitable donation to one of the following military aid organizations. Each of these organizations provides invaluable services to military service members and their families in times of need: Fisher House https://www.fisherhouse.org/ways-to-give/), Air Force Aid Society (https://www.afas.org/ways-to-give/), America’s Gold Star Families (http://www.americasgoldstarfamilies.org/), Mission 22 (http://www.mission22.com/memorial/).
- Visitation Friday, June 15, 2018
- Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, June 16, 2018
- Committal Service Saturday, June 16, 2018
Michael Antonio Macias
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June 19, 2018
Rosemary and daughters,
My sincere condolence to all for your great loss of. Michael was a true "Officer and Gentleman" who lived a gallant life. My words of comfort may not be adequate at this time, so may the family ponder on the consoling words of the God of the Heavens promise, to bring Michael back from the pit “To be enlighten with the light of life". (Job 33:30) ) Let these words echo in your hearts, to ease your pain, and give you comfort with the hope of embracing Mike again.
June 17, 2018
I first met Mike at Ft. Meade as a young Airman fresh out of Tech School. We were both 1N4's and I felt a kinship with Mike. I would teach Mike about
Air Force stuff that I learned the hard way and Baltimore (my home town); in turn, Mike would teach me about ASL, bootleg overproof rum, and New York Latin culture. At no point in knowing Mike, was I ever not proud to think of him as a FRIEND, COLLEAGUE, AND BROTHER IN BLUE. While I believe that Mike is in a better place; the world is darker without his light. My heart and prayers go out to all Mike's family and friends.
June 16, 2018
Mike and I first met at Airman Leadership School at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland in 2005, after my return from a remote tour at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Mike and I quickly got along. It was one of the tougher times in my young adult life, so it was great to have a friend in class. Also, I ended up moving out of base housing before class and it was just my luck that we lived in the same off-base apartment housing complex in Glen Burnie, MD. Mike and I teamed up to make the glass gift for ALS: the ‘Wrap It Up’ Box, inspired by an episode of the hottest show at the time, Chappelle’s Show. We worked on it at my apartment, and it was there we got to share our still fledgling Air Force stories and our respective upbringings. I had made a friend for life.
Our careers took us our separate ways after ALS, but we still kept in touch through social media and met during my visits to Maryland. We were definitely on the same wavelength with a number of things, especially Air Force matters. We would share stories about where our Air Force journeys had taken us and where we were planning to head. He always encouraged me about succeeding in anything and everything I was doing, always.
Our last time out together was during a visit to South Korea where he was stationed. We introduced each other to friends and just had ourselves a great time hanging out until he had to go home for curfew. It was a good night.
My thoughts go to his family, especially his little girls, and all of the many friends he made over the years.
Goodbye, dear friend. I will miss you. Love you, bro.
June 16, 2018
I remember the good times we had in Korea. You were a great friend for the year we were in the same location. I’m sad to see you go so soon. I’m sure we will cross paths in the future. I will miss you.
June 14, 2018
We had some good times stationed in Korea together. Everyone I know that knows you says the same thing... you're a great guy with a great heart. I remember seeing you at ALS graduation before you left for Korea again - we're supposed to have a "Korea Reunion" with some shots. I guess I'll have to wait till I see you again brother. It was an honor serving with you. Until we meet again. #tillvalhalla