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Honoring Malcolm Kyser

Posted on July 13, 2021 at 12:34 PM by Maggie Spikes

This page has been started to honor the memory of Mr. Malcolm “Mal” Kyser who passed away on 1 July 2021.  Over the course of his career, Mal was a well loved and respected member of the CAP Communications Team and community and he will be deeply missed.   If you had the pleasure of working with or interacting with Mal over the years, we would love it if you took the time to leave a comment expressing your fond memories.  If you have any pictures with or of Mal you would like to share, please send them to by 1700 on 15 July 21.  Submitted comments and photos will be shared with his family.

Also, a special link has been created for those who may wish to honor Mal with a donation to CAP in his memory.  Please click here for more information.


Thank you! 

I met Mal shortly after he came to Maxwell. I was working with Luke Sexton, who was our Federal employee Communications Director before the Cooperative Agreement was initiated, and since Sgt Bravo, the USAF NCO who was his assistant was being transferred to another base, Luke told me he knew a young (at the time!) NCO who would fit right into the job. Luke contacted Mal and Mal put in for the position and got it. We meshed from the very start and considered ourselves brothers from different mothers. I was able to work with him and for him during his entire career. I still come up with a Comm problem and say to myself, "I should ask Mal about this." and then realize that I can't call him anymore. I miss him every day and probably will for the rest of my life. I won't say goodbye, old friend, because I sense you being here in spirit.
Chuck Bishop | 7/8/23 at 5:03 PM
I knew Mal well before, during, and after my time as CAP National Commander. He was an invaluable asset to our organization, and he has left an indelible imprint. May God bless and keep him for eternity.
Richard L Anderson | 8/16/21 at 9:16 PM
I first met mr malcom through his son through civil air patrol. He was a great guy and will deeply be missed
Marah Bohanan | 7/28/21 at 10:44 AM
I first met Malcolm at Stennis Airport in Mississippi during the Hurricane Katrina response. I was there with many people from my wing including my cadet son, and Malcolm and his cadet son drove down to bring us a Micom-3, which at the time none of us had ever seen or used before. We set it up, tested it and he trained us how to use ALE. As I recall he was doing the same at other locations so he wasn't able to stay long but we kept in touch via phone and email for a while after that about the radio. It was many years later when I ran into him next at a conference and much to my surprise he remembered me! We've since met many times during conferences, meetings at NHQ and at NESA, and every time he made himself available to talk, share ideas and tell me what was "coming soon". We would also talk about our sons and what they were doing at the time too, it wasn't always just about radios. I had occasion to call him a couple months ago to straighten out a situation where one of my wing's members had gone rogue and tried to commit the wing to something we couldn't do. We got through it and he ultimately took care of his side and I took care of mine but before we ended the call he expressed concern about my health and we wound up discussing that longer than the regulations issue. I think that's what I'll remember most about him, his caring, kind, selfless disposition. And I just discovered that he was born three days after I was, so that will be a nice reminder of him. I know we will all miss you greatly Malcolm !
Robert Becker (ILWG DC) | 7/22/21 at 6:25 PM
I met Malcolm when he was on the CAP/USAF side of the house. What I really admired about him was his ability to make the technical information understandable to us who were "just using the radio". I found his guidance very helpful when we were debating the comm budget and the change to digital. I could always count on him for thoughtful and stategic thinking. As the years past, I found out we had a simular sense of humor and I looked forward to seeing him every year at the NB/Convention. Comm won't be as fun without him.
Bryan Cooper | 7/19/21 at 3:45 PM
Rest gently Silent Key, we have the watch. Jim Moss will guide you, now don't you two do....
Elaine | 7/17/21 at 9:56 PM
I am honored to have known Malcolm. I will continue to hear his wonderful radio voice for a long time in my head. Godspeed, boss!
Linda Kotula | 7/17/21 at 7:56 AM
I first met Malcom shortly after I joined CAP. My middle son completed boot camp in Georgia and was assigned to FT Rucker for advanced training. My youngest son 12 yrs old had just joined CAP. We decided to drive to Maxwell to visit NHQ. We called and Malcom answered. He said absolutely come on down. When we got there he spent a lot of time showing us the entire NHQ. He found out my youngest had not received the new member binder. He made sure my son had a complete binder before we left. Just recently I had the privilege to meet him again in May when I came back to help with inventory at NTC. I enjoyed the dinner he treated us to and the conversations we had during the week. He was an amazing kind individual. I will miss him. My condolences and prayers are with his family and friends.
George Gadd | 7/16/21 at 3:34 PM
I first met Mal at a GLR Emergency Services Conference in 2010. He was always so knowledgeable and helpful when I needed advice on communications issues. I've attended several National Conferences, and particularly enjoyed the sessions that Mal presented. He'll be sorely missed, but his contributions to the effectiveness of CAP Communications have been substantial.
Lt Col Tom Myers | 7/16/21 at 2:42 PM
Malcolm was always very willing to help and was a great friend. He will be missed.
Arlinda Bailey | 7/16/21 at 1:10 PM
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