Veterans continue their service to others at Ozarks Medical Center
Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) is a system of care encompassing a 114-bed
acute care hospital, 8 primary care and 15 specialty clinics, along with
complete rehabilitation and home care services. OMC is a not-for-profit
medical referral center with over 1100 employees, serving an 8-county
area in south central Missouri and north central Arkansas. OMC would like
to recognize a few of our veterans that came forward to be interviewed.
We appreciate all that they have done for our country and applaud all
veterans for their service.
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Brian Pence, Director, OMC Cancer Treatment Center
“I have always felt better about myself when I am helping others,”
Brian Pence said. This is something that Pence realized at an early age
and continues to do today. Pence joined the Air Force as a way to save
for college and start his life outside of his hometown of Nampa, Idaho.
“My aunt and uncle were both in the Air Force, so I thought it sounded
interesting,” Pence said.
Serving six years, Pence was a Chief Mission Data Controller (Satellite
Systems Nuclear Early Warning Detection) for the 1st Space Wing. Pence credits his military experience to enabling him to have
confidence in himself, taught him the ability to coordinate complex projects,
as well as shaped him into the man he is today. “The military taught
me to be an honorable person. My word is my bond,” Pence said.
Pence’s work in the military with nuclear weapons systems led him
to a degree in Radiation Oncology. The moment that he knew he was doing
what he was meant to do was when a 13-year old patient with cancer, osteogenic
carcinoma asked him to be her friend. Pence was working in a radiation
therapy internship and with a team that was providing her treatment. That
moment led him on the path that eventually brought him to the OMC Cancer
Treatment Center where he is the Director of Oncology Services. “I
am blessed to have the opportunity to serve cancer patients in West Plains
and to help expand the oncology program at OMC.”
Pence and his wife, Kelly of 23 years, have three children. Brian Jr. is
a junior at St. Louis University, Madison is a junior at Lindbergh High
School, and Jonathan is in sixth grade at Sperring Middle School.
OMC Cancer Treatment Center delivers compassionate and personalized cancer
care by offering prevention, early detection and innovative treatment
options that make a meaningful difference in the quality of our patient's
lives and support their path to healing.
Brian Pence, Bearing Sea Bay, Arctic Remote Duty, 1981