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Cody Hall lab renamed after fallen Airman

A plaque honoring Maj. W. David Gray hangs outside of a tower lab training room in Cody Hall Aug. 8, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Gray served for several years as an airfield operations officer and was killed in action in Afghanistan on Aug. 8, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue/Released)

A plaque honoring Maj. W. David Gray hangs outside of a tower lab training room in Cody Hall Aug. 8, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Gray served for several years as an airfield operations officer and was killed in action in Afghanistan on Aug. 8, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue/Released)

Col. C. Mike Smith, 81st Training Wing vice commander, Heather Gray Blalock, wife of the late Maj. W. David Gray, Lt. Col. Steven Mullins, 334th Training Squadron commander, and Capt. Gregory Birdsong, 334th TRS instructor supervisor, participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony at Cody Hall to honor Blalock’s late husband Aug. 8, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Gray served for several years as an airfield operations officer and was killed in action in Afghanistan on Aug. 8, 2012. A tower lab training room was dedicated during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue/Released)

Col. C. Mike Smith, 81st Training Wing vice commander, Heather Gray Blalock, wife of the late Maj. W. David Gray, Lt. Col. Steven Mullins, 334th Training Squadron commander, and Capt. Gregory Birdsong, 334th TRS instructor supervisor, participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony at Cody Hall to honor Blalock’s late husband Aug. 8, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Gray served for several years as an airfield operations officer and was killed in action in Afghanistan on Aug. 8, 2012. A tower lab training room was dedicated during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue/Released)

An Airman views an event program during a room dedication ceremony to honor Maj. W. David Gray in Cody Hall Aug. 8, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Gray served for several years as an airfield operations officer and was killed in action in Afghanistan on Aug. 8, 2012. A tower lab training room was dedicated during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue/Released)

An Airman views an event program during a room dedication ceremony to honor Maj. W. David Gray in Cody Hall Aug. 8, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Gray served for several years as an airfield operations officer and was killed in action in Afghanistan on Aug. 8, 2012. A tower lab training room was dedicated during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue/Released)

Heather Gray Blalock looks at a shadow box containing military uniforms of her late husband, Maj. W. David Gray, during a room dedication ceremony at Cody Hall , Aug. 8, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Gray served for several years as an airfield operations officer and was killed in action in Afghanistan on Aug. 8, 2012. A tower lab training room was dedicated during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue/Released)

Heather Gray Blalock looks at a shadow box containing military uniforms of her late husband, Maj. W. David Gray, during a room dedication ceremony at Cody Hall , Aug. 8, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Gray served for several years as an airfield operations officer and was killed in action in Afghanistan on Aug. 8, 2012. A tower lab training room was dedicated during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue/Released)

Keesler personnel attend a room dedication ceremony for Maj. W. David Gray in Cody Hall Aug. 8, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Gray served for several years as an airfield operations officer and was killed in action in Afghanistan on Aug. 8, 2012. A tower lab training room was dedicated during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue/Released)

Keesler personnel attend a room dedication ceremony for Maj. W. David Gray in Cody Hall Aug. 8, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Gray served for several years as an airfield operations officer and was killed in action in Afghanistan on Aug. 8, 2012. A tower lab training room was dedicated during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue/Released)

Lt. Col. Steven Mullins, 334th Training Squadron commander, presents Heather Gray Blalock, wife of the late Maj. W. David Gray, with a plaque during a room dedication ceremony to honor her late husband Aug. 8, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Gray served for several years as an airfield operations officer and was killed in action in Afghanistan on Aug. 8, 2012. A tower lab training room was dedicated during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue/Released)

Lt. Col. Steven Mullins, 334th Training Squadron commander, presents Heather Gray Blalock, wife of the late Maj. W. David Gray, with a plaque during a room dedication ceremony to honor her late husband Aug. 8, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Gray served for several years as an airfield operations officer and was killed in action in Afghanistan on Aug. 8, 2012. A tower lab training room was dedicated during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue/Released)

Heather Gray Blalock delivers remarks during a dedication ceremony at Cody Hall to honor her late husband, Maj. W. David Gray, Aug. 8, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Gray served for several years as an airfield operations officer and was killed in action in Afghanistan on Aug. 8, 2012. A tower lab training room was dedicated during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue/Released)

Heather Gray Blalock delivers remarks during a dedication ceremony at Cody Hall to honor her late husband, Maj. W. David Gray, Aug. 8, 2016, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Gray served for several years as an airfield operations officer and was killed in action in Afghanistan on Aug. 8, 2012. A tower lab training room was dedicated during the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue/Released)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

Family and military personnel filled Cody Hall to dedicate its tower lab to Maj. W. David Gray, August 8, here.

To commemorate Gray’s service in the Air Force, the 334th Training Squadron held a ribbon cutting to officially reopen the doors to the lab bearing the new name and an exhibit with pictures and awards Gray earned throughout his career.

Gray was killed in Afghanistan Aug. 8, 2012, during a suicide bomber attack.

“Maj. Gray's legacy of outstanding air traffic and tactical air control service to our nation and our allies, and his love and commitment for his family and friends are indeed the true beacon to guide us all,” said Lt. Col. Steven Mullins, 334th TRS commander. “We ensure that his ‘Finish Strong’ legacy will live on, for all to witness, as we diligently train, develop and inspire our newest command and control warriors.”

Heather Gray Blalock, wife of the late Maj. Gray, described him as both a leader and a kind spirit.

“His smile was contagious; a bright spot in a dark world,” said Blalock. “David loved so well and led so effectively, that those around him aren’t crippled by his absence, but instead equipped with the resiliency and strength he fostered. He was a hero.”

The 334th TRS has been embracing its heritage by memorializing fallen command and control Airmen and dedicating rooms in their name.

“Gen. Rand, our Air Force Global Strike commander, once stated that ‘Our history makes us smarter; our heritage makes us prouder,’” said Mullins. “Maj. Gray will be forever remembered within the same squadron in which he began his officer career in 2001.”

Blalock hoped the people in attendance would remember Gray for how he lived.

“We didn’t gather for this ceremony because David died as a hero,” said Blalock. “We are here because Maj. Walter David Gray lived as a hero; and we shall never forget.”