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Lt Col Keith Edwin Kiger, USAF retired was born on June 6, 1957, at Eglin Air Force Base, Niceville, FL. The son of Charles (Chuck) Kiger and Virginia Boyd Kiger, he passed at his home in Okeechobee, FL on Sunday, June 5, 2022.
Growing up in an Air Force family, his love of flying began as a young boy standing by the flight line. From that moment he knew that would be his lifelong ambition.
He attended Western Carolina University and upon graduation in 1979, entered the United States Air Force flight training program. As a fighter pilot, he went on to fly the F-4 Phantom, and F-16 Fighting Falcon and received numerous accolades for his stellar leadership and performance during critical missions. His duty assignments spanned Germany, Italy, Turkey, and Egypt and his combat experience was gained through serving in both Gulf Wars and the Bosnian War. He also received numerous awards for aviation superiority and leadership.
After serving in the Air Force for 26 years, he continued to serve his country as a flight program manager in Kabul, Afghanistan for five years, providing leadership in support of coalition goals to improve the establishment of the Afghan Air Force.
An adventurer at heart, Keith loved traveling and immersing himself in different cultures and his humanity was far reached. He was an avid outdoorsman that loved camping, hunting, fishing, and golf. He had a great love for his family, friends, and country that was unparalleled. Even though his travels spanned the globe, his heart always led him back to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
He is survived by his wife Dr. Patrizia Santare of Aviano, Italy. Father, Chuck Kiger of Mount Airy, NC, sister Angela Kiger-Battle of McLean, VA, niece Monique Caporuscio, nephews Dane Battle, Luke, and wife Carissa Battle, and Kade Kiger, aunts Gracie Boyd, Margaret Boyd, Yvonne Smith, and many beloved cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his mother Virginia Boyd Kiger and brother Kurt Boyd Kiger.
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