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Colonel Antonio Henriques Rebelo

May 21, 2006
Colonel Antonio Henriques Rebelo
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Colonel Antonio Henriques Rebelo, age 49, died at his home surrounded by his loving family on May 21, 2006 following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on November 14, 1956 in the village of São Bartolomeu dos Galegos, Lourinhá, Portugal, to Armindo José Corado Rebelo and Maria Antonia da Conceição Henriques Rebelo. He moved to the U.S. with his family in 1966, and settled in Massachusetts, where he attended Classical High School. Upon graduation from the American International College in 1979, Col Rebelo entered U.S. Air Force Officer Training School and later that same year, was commissioned a second lieutenant. After technical training, he served in operational units in Minnesota, Korea, Germany, Florida, Spain, Italy, and Portugal. In 1996, he became Commander of the 603rd Air Control Squadron at Aviano Airbase, Italy. After leaving Italy, he served as Deputy Chief and Chief of the Foreign Liaison Division in the Office of the Assistant Vice Chief of Staff at Headquarters, U.S. Air Force. He assumed his current position as Chief, U.S. Military Liaison Office Brazil, U.S. Embassy Brasília in May 2002. On May 13, 1997, Col Rebelo and Teresa Manuel de Almeida Pinho da Silva were united in marriage. She faithfully accompanied him on his subsequent assignments to Europe, North, and South America. In addition to being an active participant and leader in the local US Embassy community, Col Rebelo performed impeccably as a U.S. Military “Ambassador” to the Brazilian Military and Diplomatic community in support of the U.S. Ambassador to Brazil and the Commander, U.S. Southern Command. He was an avid supporter of the Acropole Orphanage in Valparaiso and dedicated countless personal hours, resources, and efforts to renovate, refurbish, and generally improve the living conditions of these less fortunate members of the community. Colonel Rebelo is survived by his wife Teresa, his daughter Carolina, and his son Ricardo; his parents residing in Indian Orchard, Massachusetts; two sisters Maria Helena Bento and her husband Victor of Montreal, Canada, and Irene Hackett and her husband Kerry of Ludlow, Massachusetts; nieces Gina, Nancy, Stephanie, Kaitlyn, Sarah, and Jenny; and numerous family relatives. He further leaves his faithful staff under his command, his U.S. Embassy colleagues, and countless friends around the world. Funeral services are on Tuesday May 30, 2006.  Friends and family are asked to gather for a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10am in Our Lady of Fatima Church followed by burial in Island Pond Cemetery, both in Ludlow.  Visiting hours are on Monday evening from 5-8pm and in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to the Acropole Orphanage through the U.S. Military Liaison Office BSB, Unit 3500, APO AA, 34030-3500.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to the Acropole Orphanage
through the U.S. Military Liaison Office BSB, Unit 3500, APO AA, 34030-3500.

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