Robert Brickey, a 1960 Air Force Academy graduate and All-American football player, passed away Feb. 6, 2018, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Brickey was the leading receiver on the undefeated 1958 Air Force football team that went 9-0-2 and earned a Cotton Bowl berth. He recorded 25 catches for 281 yards and four touchdowns while earning Helms All-American honors. Brickey was also a two-year track lettermen and was a member of the Mountaineering Club.
He attended pilot training after graduation, earning the Red Flag award as the top graduate. Brickey flew the F-104 Starfighter and served two tours in Vietnam, flying over 270 combat missions. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, 18 Air medals and the Joint Service Commendation medal.
Following his active duty career, he began a career in commercial aviation and flew for Pan American World Airways and United Airlines. He was also active in the Air Force Reserves and retired as a colonel in 1998 after 37 years of service.