Remembering Shawn “Airborne” Williams

Untitled-1Hello Admirals,

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.

– Elijah

14 Comments ON " Remembering Shawn “Airborne” Williams "
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    Asa Sylvester May 29, 2015 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    A great loss to the community this truly is. For now, we let Admiral Williams take a well-deserved rest from the hard fight he battled. May his memory engrams and pattern be stored and remembered until the day the command “Energize” is given, and may his future journeys be free of incident.

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    marcase May 30, 2015 at 12:43 am - Reply

    I’m sorry to hear this news. Every voice lost diminishes us.

    God speed Captain.

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    0nly_tom May 30, 2015 at 7:57 am - Reply

    Hello Guys,

    You won’t know me, but I played Battlefield with Airborne for many years.

    We at 21CW will be having a memorial service at 12:45 EST May 31.

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    Admiral Tuvix May 30, 2015 at 8:39 am - Reply

    I just don’t know what to say I am stunned. This is a very sad time for all of us at P1 fleet and all of our friends in the STO community. farewell my friend. R.I.P.

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    SpudBoi May 31, 2015 at 6:54 am - Reply

    Rest in peace good Sir. You will be missed.

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    seannewboy June 1, 2015 at 4:01 am - Reply

    Rest in peace.

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    Blake aka Starrkicker June 2, 2015 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Very sad news and not the kind of news we are used to hearing about a fellow player, my thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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    christian June 2, 2015 at 10:07 am - Reply

    We at the 77th Fighter Squadron wish to express our condolences to Airborne’s RL family as well as the P1 community. We will attend the memorial.

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    Ooiue June 3, 2015 at 1:03 am - Reply

    He is now in Sto’vo’kor where he is remembered eternally. We at Jupiter Force express our deepest condolences.

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    Irish Darkshadow June 3, 2015 at 2:44 am - Reply

    On behalf of Jupiter Force I would like to convey our condolences for your loss.

    Losing someone without warning or time to prepare yourself for the loss can clearly deepen the impact of such a tragic event.

    In Ireland we would all meet up at a watering hole that reminded us of the fallen brother and celebrate him by sharing stories and anecdotes.

    Hopefully you find an equivalent way to honour his passing and begin your own healing process. Our thoughts are with you all in this difficult time.

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      Admiral Tuvix PriorityOne Fleet June 3, 2015 at 7:28 am - Reply

      I think AB would like that, Thank’s Irish.

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    SpudBoi June 3, 2015 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    There might be something tomorrow night around 6 PM EST. Airborne was a really good behind the scenes guy for P1.

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    DocDrez June 4, 2015 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    He will be sorely missed. I know I will miss his friendship, sarcasm, jokes, and viewpoint. I will miss the opportunity to continue to have great debates and conversation in TeamSpeak during what he called “P1 After Dark.” Airborne, we will miss you.

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    GavinRuneblade June 5, 2015 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Best wishes to all the p1 team.

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