Paul Michael Mooney, 41, passed away at Altus Air Force Base in Altus, Okla.
Paul was born in North Kansas City Hospital to James and Joanna Mooney on June 4, 1980. He was preceded in death by his mother, Joanna.
Paul joined the Air Force on October 3, 2000 and served at multiple Air Force bases throughout the United States and worldwide, from South Korea to Saudi Arabia. His Air Force career started in Ammo, and he received his flight wings in 2010. His last assignment was as a Loadmaster Instructor for the 58th Airlift Squadron in Altus, Okla. Over his 20 years of service, he received 24 awards and decorations. He served in combat zones of Iraq, Afghanistan, and South Korea. He flew numerous humanitarian missions to help thousands of people in need around the world.
Paul was an invaluable member of the 58th Airlift Squadron family, as well as a dedicated USAF Senior Non-Commissioned Officer that contributed in many ways during his 21-year career. From the beginning, he served diligently as a munitions inspector at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and he continued his service when he cross trained into the Career Enlisted Aviator career field as a C-130H2 Loadmaster at Pope Airforce Base, North Carolina. His journey then took him to his final aircraft, the C-17A Globemaster III. Paul made innumerous sacrifices for the United States Air Force, and the United States of America. Paul was also active in the local community, organizing an eight-member team for Habitat for Humanity to restore a damaged home, ensuring a safe haven for a local family. Above all, he loved being a Loadmaster on the mightyC-17A; he always had a smile on his face when flying. He logged 322 flight hours from 2019-202 while instructing 48 students. His efforts ensured the next generation of aviators were well-trained and ready to answer our nation’s call to defend her interests.
Paul was also recognized for his superior service. He was most recently selected as the Wing’s nominee for both the 2019 Dutch Huyser, as well as Air Advisor of the Year awards. Paul was also known for his selflessness. As the Flight Chief of Training, he mentored eight officers and enlisted members, which resulted in multiple awards and medals for their hard work. Without his leadership, those efforts may have gone unnoticed.
Not only was he a great son, brother, uncle, and friend, he loved and supported his immediate and Air Force families in all their endeavors. If you had the opportunity to meet Paul, he would be your friend forever.
Love for him will always remain by his father, James Mooney, sister, Julia Kistner, and brother, Michael Mooney.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Gary Sinise – Avalon Network.
Arrangements in care of Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs.