In Memory Of
MSgt. Michael G. Heiser
September 20, 1960 - June 25, 1996
This website is dedicated as a Memorial to the memory of Master Sergeant Michael G. Heiser and the 18 other airmen who lost their lives in the Khobar Towers Bombing.
This site contains memories and photos of the good times we shared with Mike, as friends and family as well as some of the news articles and memorials related to the bombing and its aftermath. A special section is dedicated to the Nineteen Heroes lost.
Sgt. Michael Heiser joined the 71st Rescue Squadron in December, 1995 as
an airborne communications system operator and a C-Flight
superintendent. He hadn’t been at the squadron long before he went
away to the HC-130 Combat Rescue School at Kirtland AFB, N.M., which is
a must for all members of the squadron who participate in rescue
operations. He graduated from Kirtland and had only been back in the
squadron for a few months before he was sent to Dhahran to put to
practice what he spent months learning.
was new, but he made a good first impression on his flight commander,
Capt. Ben Walsh. “When I called him in and told him he was going to be
the new flight supervisor, Heiser expressed concern to me that he was
too new to do a good job. I told him I knew he could do the job or I
wouldn’t have selected him. He was that conscientious.”
In early June of 1996 Mike as a member of the 71st Rescue Squadron was assigned to Operation SOUTHERN WATCH in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, in support of the coalition air operation over Iraq.
Sergeant Dwayne Berry was getting ready to come back to the states and he
On June 25, 1996, just a few weeks after Mike's arrival in Dhahran, a terrorist truck bomb exploded outside the northern perimeter of Khobar Towers, a facility housing U.S. and allied forces of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH.
Sadly, that call from Mike never came and it's only through internet contacts that we were finally able to meet with Sgt Berry and learn all these good things. We shared many stories and have kept in touch via email and we renewed acquaintance at Maxwell AFB outside dedication Feb 2003.
Estimates of the size of the bomb range from the equivalent of 3,000 to more than 30,000 pounds of TNT. The Task Force estimated that the bomb was between 3,000 and 8,000 pounds, most likely about 5,000 pounds. While U.S. Air Force Security Police observers on the roof of the building overlooking the perimeter identified the attack in progress and alerted many occupants to the threat, evacuation was incomplete when the bomb exploded. Mike and eighteen other heroes were killed in the blast and more than three hundred others were wounded. The perpetrators escaped.
of Mike’s family and friends had been changed forever. He and the other
eighteen heroes will not be forgotten as their spirits live on in all those who
knew and loved them.
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The Story of a Lifetime
The book "The Story of a Lifetime" is now available as a downloadable Adobe PDF document. The book is dedicated to the memory of Master Sergeant Michael G. Heiser and the 18 other airmen who lost their lives in the Khobar Towers Bombing.
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