PORTSMOUTH — The 157th Air Refueling Wing of the Air National Guard will host a "community listening session" Dec. 7 for all current and former airmen and their families.

Col. John Pogorek, wing commander at Pease, announced the meeting in a letter he sent to airmen on Friday.

The meeting, Pogorek said, “will be an opportunity for you to share your specific health-related concerns with representatives of the wing leadership as well as a number of state and federal agencies.”

The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. at Hangar 254 on the Pease Air National Guard Base.

The Air National Guard decided to hold the meeting after several airmen’s widows, along with several retirees, raised concerns about what they believe is an unusually high number of cancers at the former Pease Air Force Base and the Air National Guard wing at Pease.

Doris Brock was the first widow to come forward and tell Seacoast Sunday in August that she believes her husband, Kendall Brock, a 35-year member of the guard who died in June 2017 from bladder and prostate cancer, contracted cancer from working at the base.

She believes her husband’s exposure to 12 different chemicals on the base that were known carcinogens – along with drinking contaminated water – caused his cancer.

She and other widows, along with guardsmen who have survived cancer, have led the call for the guard to launch a study into the cause of cancers.

Pogorek met with Brock this week and pledged to her he would push for that study. He repeated that pledge in the letter he sent out Friday.

“I will continue to advocate for a long-term study for current and former airmen of Pease Air National Guard Base. Nothing is more important to me than the health and well-being of our New Hampshire Air National Guard family,” Pogorek said in the letter. “I will do everything in my means to address any health concerns affecting our airmen current or retired.”

He also announced the wing is establishing a registry through the New Hampshire State Office of Veterans Services.

“The registry will gather information for us to communicate more effectively regarding health concerns related to employment at Pease Air National Guard Base,” Pogorek said in the letter.

Anyone who wants to learn how to register can call Veterans Services at (800) 622-9230.