It is with great sadness that I must inform you that Shawn Williams – better known to the Priority One Podcast Community as “Airborne” – passed away on May 27, 2015.
Sometimes, it’s difficult to wrap your head around something so tragic – especially when a friendship is forged through a common playground like an MMO. Really, sometimes these friendships are more real than some we share at work or in school. When we’re online, we can truly be ourselves and – in most cases – our “toons” are representations of our true selves.
Airborne was nothing but real. He told you how it was. Good or bad. He was dedicated not only to playing Star Trek Online but, he found a Band of Brothers and Sisters within the Priority One Podcast Community – like he did when he proudly served for the United States of America.
He could be crass. He could be brutally honest. But he loved us and we loved him. Why? Because he was committed to ensuring that our community was the best environment for like-minded players that wanted to play Star Trek Online in a safe and encouraging atmosphere. Personally, he was often my go-to-guy to help level me out when I mistakenly let trolls get the better of me.
As an Admiral in the Priority One Podcast fleet, he made sure we ran with efficiency but, with infectious joy. He was dedicated to helping new players and learning from those more experienced. He was also committed to ensuring that Priority One Podcast continued to produce quality content from week to week. He took it upon himself to begin hosting weekly livestreams on Saturday nights to help promote the show and the Fleet. He did so professionally and enthusiastically.
Even when the pressure mounted and I suggested he take a break his reply was, “No. We have a job to do. Let’s get it done.”
This was Airborne. Proud of the work he did for the Priority One Podcast & greater Star Trek Online community.
Our community was as much his home as it was any other. Today, we have an empty chair at our table.
On behalf of the Priority One Podcast Community, we send our deepest condolences to his friends and family. To those he left behind: Live Long & Prosper the way Airborne would expect you to.
To remember him, we dedicate episode 224 of Priority One Podcast to Shawn “Airborne” Williams.
If you would like to honor his life – as well as the life of other Veterans who have served this country – the family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.
Elio is a Northern New Jersey Cuban-American and graduate of Kean University, having earned his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance in 2011. He has performed in internationally renowned performance halls such as Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic, as a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, and in Beijing, China as a representative for Kean University.
Since 2012, he has had the wonderful opportunity to Executive Produce Priority One – the premiere Star Trek Online podcast. Whether recruiting, managing the global team of talented volunteers, arranging interviews with special guests, editing, web-development, finding sponsors, managing crowd funding, or writing content for the podcast, Elio has a hand in it all.
A long-time Trekkie, Elio has been watching the series since he was a child and sneaking in late night, back-to-back, episodes of TNG reruns. He finally embraced the Trekdom in college and spent many hours catching up on the entire multiverse…. instead of studying.