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Veterans Continue Their Service to Others at Ozarks Medical Center, Part 8 of 9

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.

Part 8 of 9.

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

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