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CMSGT Earl  Falk, Jr.

Obituary for CMSGT Earl Falk, Jr.

June 12, 1946 - July 21, 2020
San Antonio, Texas | Age 74


Earl Falk Jr. passed peacefully from this world into the next on Tuesday, 21 July with his loving wife of 28 years, Colleen, beside him.

Earl was born at Camp Lejeune US Navy Hospital, NC, to US Marine Corps fighter pilot Earl Falk and his wife, Naomi. He attended high school in Carrington, ND, and joined the US Air Force shortly after graduation in July 1964.

He attended United States Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland AFB, TX, following which he attended Medical Helper School at Gunter AFB, AL. His first permanent assignment was at the Portland International Airport, Portland, OR. He was then transferred to the 337th USAF Hospital, Kincheloe AFB, MI, Det 6, Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service as an air rescue medical technician crew member on the HH-43B helicopter. He loved to tell stories about looking for lost hunters in the snow from the side of the helicopter. In May 1968, he reported to the 10th USAF Dispensary, Nha Trang AB, Republic of Vietnam. He made many friends while here, some of whom he reconnected with through Facebook. He returned to the USA on Mother's Day, 1969 and was assigned to the USAF Hospital, Mather AFB, CA. His next assignments were to 26th TAC Hospital Ramstein AB, Germany and USAF Clinic, McChord AFB, WA.

In Feb 1980, he volunteered for and was assigned to the 3636th Combat Crew Training Wing as Superintendent, Medical Services for the USAF Survival School. Chief Falk was responsible for the management of 15 independent medical duty technicians (IDMTs) in a multifaceted medical program developed and organized to meet the unique requirements of the Survival Wing. He managed, organized, and coordinated the activities of two medical support groups within the Survival Wing at Fairchild AFB, WA, and the 3616th Combat Crew Training Squadron, Homestead AFB, FL.

In July 1984, he moved to the USAF Hospital, Robins AFB, GA, where he served as Superintendent of Hospital and Nursing Services; First Sergeant; and as Medical Squadron Section Commander. October 1988 to January 1989, he was assigned to Saudi Arabia USCENTAF ELFONE Det 1 as an Independent Duty Medical Technician (IDMT). In February 1989, he was assigned to Fairchild AFB, WA, as the Nursing Service Manager at the 92nd Strategic Hospital. He quickly ascended the enlisted ranks and was promoted to Chief Master Sergeant in 1986.

CMSgt Falk became the Senior Enlisted Advisor of Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in September 1990 and was an advocate for the enlisted people. He proudly served in that position until his retirement in July 1994. In this position, he was responsible for advising the commander on issues affecting the Medical Center's 2,100 enlisted members. He loved to roam the miles of corridors and engage the enlisted men and women in conversation. He endeavored to meet each and every one of them, and worked hard to ensure their voices were heard and they had a good working environment. He also enjoyed the opportunity to host many events: Christmas parties, Chili cook offs, 1st annual Oktoberfest, Founders Day, dining in and Dining outs, MASH Bash, the Marching Medics at the San Antonio Fiesta Flambeau Parade, and he was instrumental in opening the first Fisher House in San Antonio, just to name a few. He was the people's Chief and always said that the enlisted men and women who volunteered to work these events were truly outstanding performers, who never failed to deliver a first-class event.

Chief Falk was chosen as the 3636th CCTW Senior Support Person of the Year for 1983. He was a distinguished grade of the MAC NCO Academy in April 1973, completed the SrNCO Academy by correspondence in 1982 and in residence in 1986. He received an Associate's Degree in Emergency Medical Terminology from the Community College of the Air Force. His technical training included the Medical Helper Course; 90270, Medical Service Technician (IDMT) Course, 90270-1 Medical Service Technician (LVN) Course; and the Basic Survival Training Course S-80A. After his military retirement, he completed his Masters in Social Work at Our Lady of the Lake University in 2007. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, the Air Force Sergeants Association, and the Noncommissioned Officers Association.

He is survived by his wife, Colleen Falk; sons, Michael (Kristen) Falk of Lawrenceville, GA and Jason (Elana) Bishop of Zephyrhills, FL; grandchildren, Sydney Falk, Preston, Benjamin, Aveline, and Harrison Bishop; brothers, Greg (Sharon) Falk, Tucson, AZ, Erik Falk, Edmonds, WA, Craig (Colleen) Stedham, Dassel, MN, Dennis Stedham, Colorado Springs, CO, and Joel Kuhl, Fargo, ND; sisters, Lisa Shanahan, Phoenix, AZ, Gina (Randy) Harris, Cle Elum, WA, and Sonja (Perry) Kovash, Dickinson, ND; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, cousins, and many, many friends.

Earl is predeceased by his father, Earl Falk; mother, Naomi Kuhl; beloved stepfather, Floyd Stedham; and daughters, Heidi Falk and Sarah Bishop.

A celebration of Earl's life will be held at a later date.

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