Fallen: February 28, 2014
Master Sergeant David L. Poirier of North Smithfield, RI was assigned to the 157th Operations Support Squadron, Pease Air National Guard Base, NH. On February 28, 2014, he became a RI fallen hero from a non-combat related incident when he suffered a heart attack while deployed.
Master Sergeant David L. Poirier, 52 grew up in North Smithfield, RI and was an aircrew life support journeyman for the 157th Operations Support Squadron at Pease Air National Guard Base. He served a four-year active-duty enlistment beginning in 1979, joining the Rhode Island Air National Guard and in 1995 transferred to the New Hampshire Air National Guard.
He was a veteran of multiple overseas deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guam and Qatar, as well as four state activations. He also volunteered on several State Partnership Exchanges with El Salvador.
“He was an incredible role model for junior NCOs,” said a crew chief with the 157th Maintenance Group who deployed with Poirier last year in support of a Pacific Command mission.
Master Sgt. Poirier will be sorely missed. He was a part of our unit for over 19 years and has been a mentor to many and a friend to all.” Poirier had served in the military for the past 22 years.
“His selfless participation to support our home and off-station airshows over the years has been essential to inspiring youth and educating the public,” McCarthy said. He had recently began a 120-day deployment to Southwest Asia.
During his career, Poirier has earned the Air Force Commendation Medal two times, campaign medals for Iraq, Afghanistan and the Global War on Terrorism and other awards, according to McCarthy. Atkinson Town Clerk said Postmaster Poirier was “a well-respected man by all who knew him.”
“When I had the pleasure to speak with him, no matter how busy he was he was always personable and willing to help with any problem. I know that the town of Atkinson would like to extend its sincere sympathy to his wife and family. He will be missed by all.”