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.