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In Memoriam: Shelvin Longmire

MSGT (Ret.) Shelvin D. Longmire passed away suddenly at his home in Washington D.C. on April 14, 2020.

MSGT Longmire was born in Fairhope, AL on May 28, 1949 to Esther K. Longmire (Berry) and 1st SGT James E. Longmire (deceased). Forever missed, MSGT Longmire is survived by his mother Esther Longmire of Colorado Springs CO; his son Shelvin Jahmad Longmire of Washington D.C.; Jahmad’s mother, Gloria Longmire of Ft. Washington, MD and his siblings: Linda Taylor (James) of Apollo Beach, FL; Vida Longmire, of Colorado Springs, CO; Gloria Plear (Dennis) of Colorado Springs, CO; Anthony Longmire (Laura) of Pueblo South, CO; Andrea Lee of Colorado Springs, CO, Pamela Longmire of Evergreen, AL and a host of nieces and nephews and their children. MSGT Longmire is also survived by his extended Taylor family, many close relatives, and a host of very beloved and special friends that are too numerous to mention.

MSGT Longmire traveled the world as an Army dependent before entering the US Air Force at the young age of 19. He served in a variety of specialties to include: Defense Attaché, Foreign Service, Military Intelligence, International Terrorism and classified assignments throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East. He honorably served in the US Air Force for 24 years, retiring at the rank of Master Sergeant.

MSGT Longmire most recently served as the U.S. Executive Director, USA Groupe Afrique Expansion Inc., board member Tri-County International Chamber of Commerce, the African Business Club at Harvard University of Business, and the American-Nigerian International Chamber of Commerce. He was a subject-matter-expert in political science, international relations, and international business and earned his degree from Troy University. Shelvin was a life-long learner and avid reader and earned certifications in Global Business Strategy from Georgetown University and in Global Entrepreneurship from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is also an alumnus of the Staff College, the US Army Management Engineering College and the US Air Force Special Operations School. He was renowned throughout North America, Africa and several other International communities.

Shelvin led a wonderfully blessed life. He cherished his son, loved his family and was a teacher and mentor to multiple generations of his family. Shelvin served as a senior project manager with Northrop Grumman Corp, as the US managing director of an international charter airline and as VP of an information technology and management services firm. He lived his life doing what he loved, promoting trade and the rich and vibrant African culture. Shelvin appeared frequently on television and published articles in newspapers and magazines advancing trade between Africa and North America. Shelvin described the challenges and benefits of global business in his Introduction to the book, Going Global on a Dime by Lauri E. Elliott and Christopher Wallace. He was dedicated to his work as Executive Director of Afrique Expansion Inc., an international business consultancy and media firm headquartered in Montreal, Canada. Shelvin was a passionate advocate for Africa. He organized press events; developed, coordinated and spearheaded trade and diplomatic missions and conferences to benefit the Continent; and liaised with African, American and Canadian business and government leaders. His frequent trips to Africa were one of his greatest pleasures.

Funeral services will be announced at a later date.

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