HomeNewsArticle Display

Barksdale AFB honors veteran with building commemoration

Col. dePyssler’s service commemorated with building dedication

Retired Col. Steven L. dePyssler, right, Barksdale Air Force Base Military Retiree Affairs director, poses for a photo with Col. Sara Ann Custer, 2nd Mission Support Group commander, following a building dedication ceremony at Barksdale AFB, La., Nov. 8, 2019. The renaming of the newly established dePyssler Mission Support Group Building was announced in July 2019 after dePyssler celebrated his 100th birthday. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tessa B. Corrick)

Col. dePyssler’s service commemorated with building dedication

Retired Col. Steven L. dePyssler, Barksdale Air Force Base Military Retiree Affairs director, thanks a crowd attending a building-dedication ceremony in his honor at Barksdale AFB, La., Nov. 8, 2019. dePyssler held every enlisted, warrant officer and officer rank during his service from the rank of private to colonel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tessa B. Corrick)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AFNS) --

The life-long service of a military veteran has been forever memorialized following the renaming and dedication of the 2nd Mission Support Group building at Barksdale Air Force Base during a ceremony Nov. 8.

Retired Col. Steven L. dePyssler, Barksdale AFB Military Retiree Affairs director, served 38 years on active duty in the U.S. Army Air Corps and the Air Force. He has also spent the past 41 years volunteering with the retiree affairs department. He is believed to be the only known American to have served in World War II, the Korean War, the French Indo-China War, the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the Vietnam War.

“I did check and no one I spoke to at Headquarters Air Force could remember a building dedication to a living person ever being approved,” said Col. Sara Ann Custer, 2nd MSG commander at the ceremony. “Which is in line with many comments I’ve heard when folks talked about today’s event — show a person how you feel while they are still with you.”

dePyssler has held every enlisted, warrant officer and officer rank during his career, from the rank of private to colonel. He was awarded the Legion of Merit medal four separate times for his outstanding service. The renaming of the newly established Col. dePyssler Mission Support Group building was announced back in July 2019 after dePyssler celebrated his 100th birthday.

“I really appreciate you all coming out,” dePyssler said. “What I want to make sure y’all understand that this has all been accomplished by the staff here, my staff and ‘Sue’ (Col. Custer).”

During the ceremony, a plaque and display case were revealed. The plaque described his lifelong service and dedication to the Air Force, the state of Louisiana and the Barksdale AFB community. The display case is filled with mementos illustrating milestone events throughout dePyssler’s life of service. A special announcement was also made at the ceremony by Ken Epperson, Veteran’s Celebration Committee chairman.

“We are elated that Col. dePyssler’s illustrious career has led to the renaming of this particular facility,” Epperson said during the ceremony. “It is even more of an honor and a privilege that he has allowed the Veteran’s Celebration Committee to render a twelfth honor in his good name. This Saturday (Nov. 16) we will be rendering the first ‘Steven Colonel D. dePyssler Award.’”

This does not, however, mark the end of a legacy for dePyssler. He plans to continue volunteering not only with the base, but with the local community as well for as long as he is able to.

“I continue to do it because I enjoy coming to work, working with people and helping people,” dePyssler explained. “As long as I’m able to work and help people, I will.”

Generations today and for years to come will be able to learn and be inspired through the service the retired colonel has provided every day since his enlistment in 1940. The plaque leaves six words at the bottom for all to remember dePyssler by: “He is truly an American hero.”

Engage

Facebook Twitter
The @AFThunderbirds will be flying over ✈️ the #DAYTONA500 🏎️ this Sunday. https://t.co/iTN0qtu0e0
RT @USAFReserve: Beating Bad Weather: Command announces indoor alternative to physical fitness assessment - https://t.co/cP93Ijrbtw #Reserv
A U.S. Air Force AC-130J Ghostrider taxis on a flightline as a French Air Force C-130 lands at Alpena Combat Readin… https://t.co/hNTIhvJYvD
Don't miss the @NHL, @LAKings vs @Avalanche playing at the @AF_Academy this Saturday at 6 P.M. MST. Good luck to bo… https://t.co/KF9WqHlqaS
Happy Valentine's Day! https://t.co/ITdKRQ8Pm8
The first senior enlisted advisor for the U.S. Space Force has been named. Roger A. Towberman, welcome to the team! https://t.co/R8Fr98q4Jn
RT @AFGlobalStrike: Feb. has been a busy month for AFGSC, with a Bomber Task Force mission to the Indo-Pacific Theater & last week's unarme…
RT @AF_Academy: ❄️ Check out this timelapse of the @NHL transforming Falcon Stadium from football to an outdoor ice arena primed for Saturd…
F-35A Lightning IIs from the 421st Fighter Squadron participate in their first Red Flag exercise, which is meant to… https://t.co/EBDkkcgTxB
69th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Airmen at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam inspect a B-52H Stratofortress engine be… https://t.co/dBd3mLRPrz
RT @NORADCommand: @USNorthernCmd and NORAD are charged with executing our #1 priority of the National Defense Strategy: Defending the homel…
RT @NORADCommand: Given our adversaries' efforts, it is clear that the Arctic is no longer a fortress wall, and our oceans are no longer pr…
.@ABCSharkTank, anyone? The Air Force Spark Tank announced its 2020 selectees. 6 Airmen were selected to present… https://t.co/AV1Ikd1CjS
RT @USAFCENT: AIR TRANSPORTATION | Check out 332nd AEW air transportation specialists unloading more than 40 pallets of cargo. These specia…
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Frank Losonsky was one of the youngest of the Flying Tigers, a group of 311 young Americans who journeyed to Burma in…
RT @HQUSAFEAFAF: From forward-deployed munitions maintenance to soaring the skies w/ our @NATO partners, @Spangdahlem_AB F-16s and Amn are…
Airmen of the 409th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Response Force team members, conduct close quarters batt… https://t.co/VKYdK9Ij9U
Listen to Ep 4 of Blue Print Leadership Podcast with @cmsaf18 as he talks about leadership, lessons learned, and sh… https://t.co/r0uXTHtIH6
Kudos to those keeping #USAF healthy and battle-ready. #ReadyAF https://t.co/9Ft8T7k2SC