Air Refueling Wing members rally to help comrade's family
By JOHN QUINN
Union Leader Correspondent | March 06. 2014 8:29PM
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. David Poirier shows children how to wear flight helmets as part of a community outreach at the Ilopango Air Show in San Salvador, El Salvador, on Jan. 27. Poirier died Feb. 28 while deployed to Qatar. (COURTESY)
Master Sgt. David L. Poirier, 52, who also worked as postmaster in Atkinson, died Feb. 28. He served as a member of the 157th’s Operational Support Squadron.
“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.”
“We have not decided on a formal recognition yet, as we are focusing on supporting Master Sgt. Poirier’s family,” McCarthy said, noting two members of the wing have been specifically assigned to help the family.
“One of our unit members will escort him back to New Hampshire,” McCarthy said.
Poirier, who was from North Smithfield, R.I., served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guam, Qatar, El Salvador and on other missions in New Hampshire many times, McCarthy said.
McCarthy said Poirier 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.
“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.”