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Landsberry was Decorated Nevada Guard Airman

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Master Sgt. Michael Landsberry Master Sgt. Michael Landsberry

Members of the Nevada Air National Guard are mourning the loss of Michael Landsberry - who served in the Marine Corps before joining the Guard.

"This is a painful day for the Nevada Air Guard. We've lost a valued member and the community has lost one of its true heroes; a teacher and a citizen airman."

Tuesday the Nevada Air Guard paused to remember Master Sgt. Landsberry who was killed when he tried to intervene in a shooting at Sparks Middle School.

Col. Burkett. "Our understanding is that Mike-- true to heroes' form-- made an attempt to talk the shooter out of using his weapon before becoming a victim of this senseless tragedy," says Col. Jeffrey Burkett.

Fellow Guard embers say they aren't surprised that Landsberry stepped in.

"When I first heard about an incident at Sparks Middle School, first thing I thought of was him," says Robert Garrett. "He was the guy that would have jumped in there to stop the bullets from hitting other kids and the story is, sure enough it was."


Master Sgt. Michael Landsberry was born on January 20, 1968, in Birmingham, Ala. He attended McQueen High School in Reno and graduated in 1986. He lettered four consecutive years in swimming, soccer and cross country. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Marine Corps.

Landsberry received his associate's degree in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement in 1996 from Truckee Meadows Community College and he earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2000. He also received a master's degree in education administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix in 2005. 

In 2001, he enlisted in the Nevada Air National Guard and was assigned to the Aerial Port Flight.

His military training included the hazardous materials inspector course and automated load planning systems course.

Landsberry holds a regional license and membership with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Landsberry began working for the Washoe County School District in 2001. He taught history, math and science for four years at Trainer Middle School.

He spent one year teaching sixth grade at Greenbrae Elementary School and in 2006 he started teaching math at Sparks Middle School.

Throughout his tenure as a teacher, Landsberry served as a coach in his community. He coached middle school basketball, cross country, track, volleyball as well as high school soccer.
Landsberry was the Nevada Air Guard's noncommissioned officer of the quarter for the first quarter of 2010 and Aerial Porter of the Year for 2009.

Landsberry deployed in March 2006 to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, and performed duties as an airlift validator for the Central Command Deployment and Distribution Center. He deployed again to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan in May 2011 where he performed air transportation functions for the 455th Expeditionary Aerial Port Squadron.

His military awards include: the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, the Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon, the Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon, the Navy Arctic Service Ribbon, the Air Force Longevity Service award, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the NATO Medal, the Nevada State Commendation Medal, the Nevada Humanitarian Service Ribbon, the Nevada Air National Guard Overseas Deployment Ribbon, the Nevada Meritorious Service Ribbon and the Nevada Guard Service Ribbon.

--Information compiled by Chief Master Sgt. James Ross, 152nd Logistics Readiness Squadron

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