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To honor Reid's legacy, the Kailua High School AFJROTC and University of Notre Dame ROTC programs each created mentorship awards, given annually to students who exemplify Reid's inspiring spirit. The Remembering Reid Foundation raises scholarship funds for these awards and connects the outstanding recipients with Reid's community of supporters worldwide.


The Remembering Reid Foundation (RRF) was established in 2020 by Reid's brother, Lt. Col. Chad Nishizuka, and sister-in-law, Michele Nishizuka. The Remembering Reid Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization registered with the IRS and all donations are tax deductible.


Thank you for making the 4th Annual Remembering Reid V5K another successful event! Please continue to submit your photos and results as we cherish the opportunity to slow down and remember what Reid taught us about patience, compassion, and humility. Aloha and mahalo nui loa!

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Captain Reid Kijiro Nishizuka was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 29, 1983. Reid passed away on April 27, 2013 while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, when the MC-12 surveillance aircraft he was piloting crashed near Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan. Reid graduated from Kailua High School in 2000 and went on to attend the University of Notre Dame. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering and was commissioned to the United States Air Force in 2005. After completing pilot training, Reid’s first assignment was serving as an EC-130 pilot with the 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. In 2012, he moved to Beale Air Force Base, California to join the MC-12 community as a member of the 427th Reconnaissance Squadron. Reid flew over 200 combat missions and had 2,434 flying hours, with more than half of those hours in combat. Reid is the recipient of ten Air Medals, two Air Force Commendation Medals, two Air Force Achievement Medals, and, posthumously, the Bronze Star for Heroism.

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