LeRoy Homer was born on August 27, 1965, in Plainview, New York. He entered the U.S. Air Force Academy on July 6, 1983, and graduated with a commission as a 2d Lt on May 27, 1987. Lt Homer completed Undergraduate Pilot Training and was awarded his pilot wings in July 1988, and then completed C-141B Starlifter Upgrade Training. He was assigned to the 18th Airlift Squadron at McGuire AFB, New Jersey from 1988 until June 1995. During this time he flew missions in support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990-1991, Rwanda in 1994, and Haiti in 1994. He left active duty and went into the Air Force Reserve in June 1995. Capt Homer then served as a C-141 Instructor Pilot with the 356th Airlift Squadron at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, from June 1995 to October 1998. Maj Homer's final assignment was as a U.S. Air Force Academy and Air Force ROTC Admissions Liaison Officer with the 9001st Air Reserve Squadron in Denver, Colorado, where he served until his death on September 11, 2001. LeRoy Homer was the Co-Pilot on United Airlines Flight 93 when it was hijacked by terrorists and crashed into a field in Pennsylvania on September 11. He had flown for United Airlines since May 1995.
His Meritorious Service Medal Citation reads:
Major LeRoy W. Homer Jr. distinguished himself in the performance of outstanding service to the United States as United States Air Force Admissions Liaison Officer, 9001st Air Reserve Squadron, Denver City, Colorado. During the period 19 October 1999 to 11 September 2001, Major Homer served as the College Fair Coordinator, Parents' Club Liaison, and assistant Minority Admissions Counselor. As the College Fair Coordinator, Major Homer was responsible for the efforts of 17 Admissions Liaison Officers covering 235 schools in Southern New Jersey. His efforts resulted in Admissions Liaison Officer attendance at all area high school college fairs and Air Force Officership programs being promoted to thousands of talented prospective candidates. Major Homer was a conscientious and enthusiastic ambassador for Minority Admissions. His exceptional professionalism and gifted public speaking ability made him an outstanding role model for today's minority students. In his role as Parents' Club Liaison, he worked with the statewide New Jersey Parents' Club to ensure that USAF Academy cadets attended the banquet and spoke enthusiastically with a group of Academy appointees. In addition, he arranged for the Parents' Club President to give an informative presentation to the parents of the appointees. While doing all this, Major Homer individually counseled between 20 and 30 applicants per year and delivered high quality group presentations to both parents and students. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Major Homer in the dedication of his service to his country reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.