Wing honors SMSgt Dennis Wallace

December 30, 2010 -- The wing lost a hero, a brother and a leader Nov. 27 when Senior Master Sgt. Dennis Wallace passed away due to complications with another bout of leukemia.

Wallace, 38, was a decorated veteran, former founding member of the 124th Air Support Operations Squadron and current first sergeant for the 124th Security Forces Squadron.

The auditorium at Bldg. 440 on Gowen Field was overflowing with family, friends and co-workers who wanted to pay their respects at Wallace's memorial service Dec. 5. A graveside service was held in Horseshoe Bend later that afternoon.

Those who knew him well in the unit spoke very highly of Wallace the Airman, and even more highly of Dennis the man.

"Dennis was a great first sergeant. His background in security forces enabled him to identify what it was like to be a cop first," said Lt. Col. Stephanie Sheppard, commander of the security forces squadron.

Master Sgt. Travis Weitzel served and deployed with Dennis for many years in the air support operations squadron. He spoke of his drive, fearlessness and a great sense of humor that didn't leave him even during his last days.

"Most people would need at least 35 hours in a day to accomplish what Dennis did in his average day," said Weitzel.