By Faye Gaston
Captain Joyce Perrin and Lt. Col. Allen B. Perrin, military veterans, made their home in Union Springs after serving many years in the United States military.
Joyce joined the Air Force at age nineteen and was one of the two youngest commissioned officers to serve as RN Nurses. She served two years on active duty at the end of the Vietnam Conflict in 1975-1977. She served at the F-E Warren Air Force missile base in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
She joined the Air Force Reserve in 1978 and served four years at Maxwell Air Force base in Montgomery, Alabama, with the 908 EVAC. The mission was to set up field hospitals for the wounded from the front lines, and then transport them to base hospitals. Training was on C-7, 141 and C-9 airplanes that were converted to have bunks for the patients.
She met Lt. Col. Allen B. Perrin at Maxwell and they married. He served for 26 years in the Air Force and Air Force Reserve with two tours in Vietnam. He was an instructor for flying helicopters and fixed wings. Allen died in Union Springs in 2017. Joyce has lived in Union Springs for eighteen years, and has been active in several roles in the community.
Allen and Joyce had three children and three grandchildren.