Col. David Kantor, commander of the Kentucky Wing, died Friday. He was 51.
Kantor had served as wing commander since March 19, 2016. He previously had served as the Indiana Wing’s standards and Evaluation officer from May 2014-March 2016.
He also served as squadron commander for the Louisville Composite Squadron from June 2011-July 2015 and as deputy commander of the Louisville squadron, the Frankfort Composite Squadron, South Kentucky Cadet Squadron and Louisville Metropolitan Cadet Flight. In addition, he served as the South Kentucky squadron’s emergency services officer and the Louisville Composite Squadron’s communications officer, cadet activities officer, aerospace education officer and administrative officer.
Kantor held Command Pilot, Incident Commander 1 and Ground Team Leader ratings. His vice commander, Lt. Col. Darrel Williamson, is serving as interim commander.
“We are proud of how our wing has pulled together to support each other in crisis,” Williamson said in an email. “Our sister wings and region headquarters have extended their resources to us, and encouraged us to call upon them.”
“It is our strongest wish that our members take the time to pause in reflection and take account how to remember Col. Kantor each in our own way. He will be sadly missed by us all across the Commonwealth. He taught us to be strong in challenging times and fearless in the pursuits of excellence in all that we aspire to do together as a wing,” Williamson said.
“His vision lives on. The executive team has been in constant contact over the past two days to ensure that our wing is solid in the foundation that Col .Kantor has laid for us, and we stand united to maintain the high standards that he had set for us to achieve.”
Visitation will be held Friday from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. and from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church, 6710 Wolf Pen Branch Road, Harrods Creek, Kentucky. A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis in the Fields with a reception to follow in Graves Hall. CAP members are requested to wear either Air Force blues or the CAP corporate equivalent.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made for creation of a Cadet Pilot Training Program within the Kentucky Wing.