On November 12, 2020, after an illness at age 68, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Robert Allan Smith passed from the arms of his loving wife into God’s care. A stoic, upright man, Allan served his Nation for over 45 years in the United States Air Force (USAF) and in the Department of Defense (DoD), Pentagon. Humbly, Allan followed the path of Christ. He was a devoted member of the Fort Belvoir Community Chapel, Fort Belvoir, VA. Allan married the love of his life, Dr. Patricia Moseley. Happily, they celebrated over twenty years of joyful devotion. Allan graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree and as a member of the USAF Reserve Officer Training Corps. Later he obtained a Masters of Science degree from Troy State University. Upon his Military commissioning, he completed USAF Pilot Training, Fort Rucker, AL, and a decade later served there as a Flight Examiner, Instructor Pilot, and Academic Instructor. As a Commander for multiple Squadrons and missions worldwide, his leadership and focus on his unit personnel achieved outstanding results in rescue and medical evacuation missions. He was assigned to the Pentagon, USAF Headquarters, and upon retirement began an exemplary career as a federal civilian employee in the DoD, USAF Headquarters. Mr. Smith is greatly missed by many Military colleagues for his dedication and significant contributions and by his Pentagon Chapel friends. Allan is predeceased by his parents, Retired Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt) Robert and Mrs. Elise Smith; and his mother-in-law, Mrs. B. E. Moseley. Allan is survived by his devoted brother, David Smith (Jeanne); daughters, Ms. Jenny Peshoff, Ms. Ashley Smith and Mrs. Sarah Tinsley (Daniel); and cousins, Maxwell Carroll (Barbara) and Dr. Cheryl Powell (Gil). Allan loved his brothers and sisters-in-law, Mrs. Janet Sellers (David), Frank Moseley (Dr. Christine), and Jeff Moseley (Edith); and father-in-law, Retired CMSgt James Moseley. Allan and Patricia honored and cared for his elderly parents, who were members of the Columbus Community Chapel, Columbus Air Force Base, MS, and his mother-in-law, a member of Ivy Creek United Methodist Church, AL. Allan dearly loved his grandchildren and receiving their drawings and letters. He was thrilled to go fishing in the FL surf and on the “Queen P” with first mate, Patricia, and deckhands, Sarah and granddaughter, Harper. He relished fishing in the Biloxi Sound, Back Bay, and barrier islands with David, Frank, Jeff, and Jim. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery with full Military honors at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Samaritan’s Purse, Wounded Warrior Project, or Ducks Unlimited.
Appeared in The Commercial Dispatch on November 22, 2020
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