U.S. Army Garrison Okinawa said goodbye to friend
U.S. Army Garrison Okinawa said goodbye to friend, colleague and mentor, Charles H. Mock, Chief, Utilities Branch, Department of Public Works, during a Memorial Service at Torii Chapel.
Mock was an exceptional and highly-valued member of the Garrison team, who served as the subject-matter expert in energy conservation and utility operations. His was a life defined by service to his country.
Mock was born in Valdosta, Georgia, Sept. 21, 1970. He graduated from Lowndes High School in June, 1988 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in February, 1989. He completed basic training and attended the Plumbing Apprentice course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.
He graduated from Technical Training with Honors and was assigned to the 3750th Civil Engineer Squadron, where he was named Airman of the Year for the 3750th Air Base Wing in 1990. While stationed in Texas, his daughter, Virginia was born in 1990. In 1993 Mock made his first trip to the Pacific, where he was assigned to the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. His second daughter Samantha was born in 1993.
Mock received the Commander-in-Chief’s Individual Special Recognition for Installation Excellence in 1997. Thereafter, Mock was assigned to the 374th Civil Engineer Squadron, at Yokota Air Base as the Noncommissioned Officer-in-Charge of Utility Systems.
He met and married his current wife Raquel in 2003. After spending five years at Yokota, he was reassigned to Kadena AB, as a Professional Military Education Instructor. Shortly thereafter, his youngest daughter Kathleen was born. After three years as a PME instructor, he was reassigned to the 18th Civil Engineer Squadron, where he has served as the Utility Systems Section Chief and finally as Superintendent of the largest Infrastructure element in the U.S. Air Force.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal; Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters; Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster; Air Force Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Medal; the Korea Defense Service Medal and Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service. He held Associate degrees in both Ecological Controls and Instructor Technology/Military Science. He is survived by his wife Raquel, daughters, Virginia, Samantha and Kathleen and son Charles IV and a grandson.
He will be missed.