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News | June 22, 2021

Pease Town Hall

By Lt. Col. Gregory Heilshorn

The 157th Air Refueling Wing will host a Town Hall at Pease Air National Guard Base in Newington on June 23 at 2 p.m. to discuss findings of a U.S. Air Force cancer mortality study.

The event is open to valid military ID card holders, including members of the New Hampshire Air National Guard, military dependents and retirees.

Representatives of the the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine will present the study's conclusions as well as be available for questions. The Wing's senior leadership and staff from the state's congressional offices will be in attendance.

Released June 3, the Pease cancer mortality study concluded that the number of cancer deaths among U.S. Air Force service members who were stationed at Pease Air Force Base and Pease Air National Guard Base over the past 50 years was consistent with the number of cancer deaths expected when compared to U.S. population data. Deaths from certain cancers (i.e., lung, prostate, and breast) were higher than expected, whereas deaths from other cancers (i.e., colorectal and cancers where diagnosis type was unspecified) were lower than expected.

The study was initiated last year by the 157th Air Refueling Wing commander to determine if members who are or were stationed at Pease ANGB were experiencing more cancer mortality than what would be expected in the general population.