Alan Yoshida, a member of the combat control community, passed away at the age of 51

Alan Yoshida

Alan Yoshida, a distinguished member of the combat control community, sadly passed away on December 9, 2023, at the age of 51. He was a true warrior to his family, teammates, and friends, leaving behind a legacy of service and inspiration that will continue to resonate for generations.

Who was Alan Yoshida?

Alan Yoshida was the son of Ronald and Nina Yoshida. In 1991, he joined the U.S. Air Force, embarking on a 28-year journey as a combat controller. A graduate of Norwich University, Alan later served as the Strategic Accounts Executive for Parraid LLC. Beyond his military career, Alan was a multifaceted individual—a skilled artist, technologist, visionary, and dreamer. His interests spanned from surfing and parachuting to hunting, fishing, and working on his land in Hondo.

Notably, Alan, known affectionately as Yosh, demonstrated his warrior spirit by being among the first to set foot in Afghanistan after the tragic events of 9/11. His dedication to duty and his diverse passions endeared him to family, teammates, and friends alike.

Alan Yoshida’s cause of death?

As of now, the precise cause of Alan Yoshida’s death remains undisclosed by his family. The public is awaiting further information, which will be shared once it is available. In a heartfelt tribute, Bridget Simpkiss expressed her sorrow on Facebook.

“I’m greatly saddened to learn of the death of a dear friend, CMSgt Alan “Yosh” Yoshida. Yosh was one of the rare wicked-smart warriors who could see the big picture and the details, have a deep conversation, and laugh until the tears ran. He would reach out every 3-6mo to chat, and give a big hug when we’d bump into each other at events. Yosh, I’m going to miss you. It was a privilege to work with you and help support your fellow Combat Controllers. Mahalo and Moe i ka maluhia, my friend”

Posted by Bridget Simpkiss

Memorial Service:

A memorial service to honour Alan Yoshida’s life will take place on December 16, 2023, at 1400, located at 1078 County Road 241, Hondo, TX. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Combat Control Foundation or the option to bring a tree to plant in Alan’s orchard—a symbolic act that resonates with his love for the land.


Alan Tatsuo Yoshida’s legacy extends far beyond his time on Earth. His unwavering spirit of service, humility, and dedication to the Combat Control brotherhood will continue to inspire generations to come. Whether working on the battlefield or pursuing his various interests, Alan embodied the qualities of a true warrior and left a lasting imprint on the hearts of those who knew him.

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