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Airman with Acadiana ties dies in rock climbing accident

Posted at 1:38 PM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 16:39:26-05

Senior Master Sergeant Harold Robert Mosley II, of the United States Air Force, died on November 23, 2018, in Park County, Colorado from injuries he received following a rock climbing accident.

He was known by friends in the Air Force community as Rob or Mose.  Rob was proud of his Cajun roots but also enjoyed his world travels.  He was an avid runner, cyclist, and mountain climber who took great pleasure from the company of family and friends as well as enjoying the majesty of the Rocky Mountains.  He volunteered time as a coach for local adaptive cycling and climbing programs where he helped others recover and adjust to physical and mental challenges.

Harold Mosley

Rob and Amanda (Sheley) were married on April 23, 2005.  Amanda earned her Bachelor of Science degree in animal sciences from the University of Missouri and relocated to the Denver area where the two met and fell in love.  They shared a love of animals and opened up their Peyton, Colorado home to a number of adopted dogs and cats.

Rob was born on June 19, 1981, in Lafayette to Harold R. Mosley and Nancy S. Mosley.  Rob graduated from Opelousas Senior High in 1999.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations & Affairs from American Military University in 2008 and an Associate of Arts & Sciences degree in air & space operations technology from the Community College of the Air Force in 2013.  He earned a Master of Science degree, with honors, in space studies from American Military University in 2013 and was working towards a second Master’s degree in organizational leadership from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Senior Master Sergeant Mosley quickly rose to the senior enlisted ranks and was well known for the depth of his space operations expertise and the care he dedicated to his fellow Airmen.  He joined the Air Force in February 2000.  After basic training and technical school, he was assigned to Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas as an aircraft electrical and environmental systems specialist.  In 2002, he cross-trained into the space systems operations career field. Since then, he has been assigned to three Colorado bases: Buckley, Peterson, and Schriever Air Force Base.  He deployed four times, including support to Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.  SMSgt Mosley’s military awards and decorations include the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters; Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster; Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters; Meritorious Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor device; Air Force Good Conduct Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster; National Defense Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal with one service star; Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Air & Space Campaign Medal; Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal; Air Force Overseas (Short Tour) Ribbon;  Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border and three oak leaf clusters; Air Force Longevity Service with four oak leaf clusters; Air Force Noncommissioned Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon with one oak leaf cluster; and the Air Force Training Ribbon.

Harold Mosley

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy S, Mosley, and his sister, Robin Amanda Jeffers.

Rob is survived by his wife, Amanda Mosley; his father, Harold Robert Mosley and his sister, Amber LeAnne Mosley.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the National League of POW/MIA Families, an organization very dear to Robert.

A viewing will be held on Friday, November 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Springs Funeral Services-North, 6575 Oakwood Boulevard, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 1st at 9 a.m. at Peterson Air Force Base Chapel, 455 Vincent Street, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

Mosley will be brought back to Louisiana on Monday. The plane lands at 2:25 p.m. at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. There will be a procession from the airport to the Melancon Funeral Home in Opelousas via U.S. 90 to I-49.

A celebration of life service with military honors will take place on Wednesday, December 5 with viewing at 8 a.m. and service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, 4708 I-49 North Service (Frontage) Road, Opelousas.

The burial will follow at Bellevue Memorial Park, 110 N Market Street, Opelousas.