Maj. Jeffrey O. Ausborn, from Hokes Bluff, Ala. was killed in the line of duty on April 27, 2011, in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Known affectionately as “Oz” by his friends and colleagues, Major Ausborn voluntarily deployed for a one-year assignment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom instructing Afghan pilots to become aircrew members for the C-27 Spartan aircraft, their first westernized aircraft. At the time of his death, he was a rated Evaluator Pilot and Functional Check Flight (FCF) pilot, two prestigious titles.
Maj. Ausborn graduated from Hokes Bluff High School and went on to graduate from Troy State University in 1991 where he was a member of Lamba Chi Alpha Fraternity and ROTC Troy DET 017; he received a B.S. in Computer Science. His commission as a USAF Second Lieutenant in 1991.
Upon commissioning he became a Communications and Computer Systems Programming Officer at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. OZ was then selected to enter pilot training at Columbus AFB, Miss. After earning his wings from Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Tx. in 1996, he completed a qualification in the C-130E at Little Rock AFB, Ark.
He then went to Pope AFB, N.C., and upgraded through the positions of Co-Pilot, Aircraft Commander and Instructor Pilot in 2000. During this time he executed Presidential Support Missions and deployed in support of Operations Southern Watch and New Horizons. He attended Aircraft Commander School in Little Rock, Ark. where he received the Distinguished Graduate Award.
After his time as a C-130 Aircraft Commander, he then went onto become a T-37 and T-6 Instructor Pilot at Laughlin AFB, providing primary jet training for USAF and international students. While assigned to Laughlin AFB, he deployed as the Wing Safety Officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He returned to the C-130 weapons system at Pope AFB. There, he conducted tactical airdrop missions, aeromedical evacuations (MEDEVAC) and air-land operations into austere airfields using night vision goggles (NVGs).
In addition to his flying position, he was the Chief of the Wing Exercise and Evaluation Team, ensuring combat readiness for all units. During his follow-on assignment, he was an instructor pilot in the Pilot Instructor Training (PIT) program flying the T-1A at Randolph AFB, Tx. He served as a squadron scheduler, training officer and flight commander. Maj. Ausborn was a senior pilot, having logged over 2,300 hours in both airlift and trainer aircraft to include the T-37B, T-44, C-130E, T-6A, T-1A, and C-27; of which 166.8 were Combat Hours. He then went on to training in Naples, Italy in the C-27 before deploying to the 538 AEAS, KAIA, Kabul, Afghanistan.
Maj. Ausborn was a compassionate, intelligent, kind, patient person. He was never too busy to stop and listen or lend a hand when someone needed his help. He was a consummate professional aviator, officer, husband, father, mentor, role model, and friend; especially to the wife he adored, Suzanna. In his spare time, he loved to spend time with his wife and children, ride his road bike, scuba dive, and down-hill ski. Alabama football was his passion; he lived Crimson Tide!
He is survived by his loving wife, Suzanna Ausborn; his devoted five children, Shelby Ausborn, 8, Eric Ausborn, 11, Emily Ausborn, 15, Summer Maloy, 17, and Mitchell Maloy, 21. Maj. Ausborn is also survived by his mother and father, Alice Faye and Clifford Ausborn; his brother, Stanley and Susan Ausborn; and special cousins, Londa and Ronnie Johnson, January Johnson Millican and Dara Johnson.
He is also survived by his in-laws – Floyd and Dora Torres, Julie Torres, Denise, Jose, and Alexandar Lucero. He is the grandson of Onial Hunt and Mattie Coffey Hunt and the great-grandson of L.T. and Minnie Coffey.
Oz will be sorely missed by his family, friends, military brothers and sisters and all who were blessed to know him.