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  • Fallen Warrior: Army SPC Dane Balcon

    Born in 1988 at Luke AFB, Arizona, Spc. Dane Balcon was destined to serve. It came as no surprise to his family that at only three years old, he told his mother he wanted to be a soldier. Dane was born to a family rich in service. He was fourth generation military. In High School, Dane spent his time in the JROTC program to prepare for his future in the military and, in his senior year, served as the Drill Team Commander of his JROTC unit.
  • Fallen Warrior: SSgt. Omar D. Flores

    Staff Sgt. Omar Flores was born in Mission, Texas in 1978. He graduated from high school in 1996 and enlisted in the active duty Army shortly thereafter as a 13B Cannon Crewmember at Fort Hood, Texas. He left active duty in June of 2000 and entered service in the Texas National Guard as a Personnel Services Clerk with the 3rd Battalion 141st
  • Keesler leverages virtual reality to train robotic surgery

    In March 2020, Keesler was faced with newfound restrictions due to the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic.With Keesler’s vital role in the training mission, the 81st Surgical Operations Squadron pushed forward in finding a new way to safely train on robotic surgery. After reaching out to their partner, Immersive Health Technologies, the 81st SGCS worked
  • Connection equals protection

    The 81st Security Forces Squadron hosted National Night Out at the Bay Ridge Community Center, Oct. 5. National Night Out brings defenders and the communities they protect together for an event featuring a bounce house, K-9 demonstration and more activities with the goal of increasing familiarity of the defender’s duties.
  • Medical: Staying ahead of threats

    Through prevention and response, public health has been able to keep military members and their families safe during the pandemic.“When it comes to the COVID-19 delta variant, our approach is unchanged,” said Maj. Tristan Spierling, 81st Medical Group chief of aerospace medicine and public health emergency officer. “We rely very heavily on the
  • Immediate family with an immediate impact

    Air Force families have always played an essential role in the mission. The Leigh Family’s impact however, is huge on the 334th Training Squadron and the Air Traffic Controller apprentice course.Stanley Leigh, 334th TRS Air Traffic Control master instructor; SSgt Justin Leigh, 334th TRS ATC instructor and Wynell Leigh, 334th TRS flight secretary,
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