Major Laurent Joseph Biron (Ret), 80, of South Daytona, passed away December 24, 2019. He was born in Winchendon, MA but spent the majority of his early years in New Hampshire. He graduated from Keen High School in 1957 and worked in a textile mill for one year. On July 14, 1958 he joined the Air Force and spent the next seven months at Lackland Air Force Base to complete basic training and basic medical corpsman training. As a medical administrative specialist, he spent the next year with the 21st Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Pope AFB, NC until he was reassigned to USAF Clinic, Naha Air Base Okinawa until September 1961. Upon his return from this overseas tour, he was assigned to USAF Clinic, Hanscom AFB, MA, where he filled the positions of First Sergeant, NCOIC, Registrar, Sergeant Major, the point of contact for all CHAMPUS inquiries for the entire Boston Metropolitan Area, and point of contact for One-Time Physical Evaluation Board processing. Having reached the rank of Technical Sergeant with nine years of service, he was selected to attend Syracuse University under the Airman’s Education and Commissioning Program from January 1969 to September 1970. Upon earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting, Major Biron attended Officer Training School and was given a direct commission in Medical Service Corp on December 11, 1970. He was immediately assigned to the USAF Hospital Selfridge, Mt. Clemens, Michigan and was part of the closing team on June 30, 1971. Transferred within the Air Defense Command, he was assigned as the Supply Officer and Registrar at USAF Clinic Hancock, Hancock Field, Syracuse, NY. Selected for Advance Medical Service Corps Training, he completed the 21-week course at Sheppard AFB, Texas from July 1973 to November 1973. Upon graduation, he was the Supply Officer at USAF Hospital Tinker, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma until June 1975. Having been selected for an Air Force Institute of Technology master’s program, he attended Temple University Health Administration Program from September 1975 until May 1977, graduating with a degree in Master of Business Administration in Health Care Administration. Following graduation, he was assigned to USAF Hospital Upper Heyford, United Kingdom, where he was the project officer for the first new Air Force hospital in Europe in 20 years. Additionally, he was also tasked with a very large war reserve program and developed the first high rise pallet racking system in a 50,000 square foot warehouse in the Air Force Medical Service as well as performing site surveys for sites now housing some 500 bed war reserve units. Upon completion of this tour he was reassigned to Air Force Medical Logistics Office in July 1980 where he served as Chief of the Logistics Operations and Support for two years.
Major Biron completed 26 years of active service on July 14, 1984 and holds several decorations. These include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, with two oak leaf clusters , the Army-Air Force Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the NCO Academy Ribbon. He was also been awarded the Chief Medical Service Corps Badge.
After his retirement he continued to work for Marlborogh New Hampshire and later School district of Swanzey New Hampshire managing budgets. He was a member of the Lions Club and Eagles of Port Orange Fl. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Claudia Biron; children, Vicky Soncini, Amy Begue, David Biron, Suzanne Rennels and; sisters, Jean Baptista and Shirley Haywood; brother, Francois Biron and 5 grandchildren. Visitation will be Monday, December 30,2019, 5:00pm-8:00pm at Baldwin Brothers Funeral Home 1 North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach. Funeral Service will be held 1:00 pm, Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, Mims, Fl, with full military honors.
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