Maj. David Brodeur, USAFA class of 1999, was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Major Brodeur was serving on a NATO team training the Afghan Air Force in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is pictured here in his first class cadet photo.
Lt. Col. Frank Bryant, USAFA class of 1995, was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Colonel Bryant was serving on a NATO team training the Afghan Air Force in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is pictured here in his first class cadet photo.
4/29/2011 - U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Two Air Force Academy graduates were killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 27.
Lt. Col. Frank Bryant, class of '95, and Maj. David Brodeur, class of '99, were serving on a NATO team training the Afghan Air Force in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
"Wednesday's tragedy in Afghanistan continues to deeply affect our Air Force Academy family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of these graduates," said Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, superintendent of the Air Force Academy. "As we prepare cadets for leadership in the world's greatest Air Force, these events showcase the perils they will face in the profession of arms. The Academy will forever be grateful for the sacrifices of Colonel Bryant and Major Brodeur."
Lieutenant Colonel Bryant, 37, graduated with a degree in General Engineering, lettered in wrestling from '93-'95, as well as the team captain and MVP in '95, and was currently assigned to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Major Brodeur, 34, graduated with a degree in Political Science and was currently assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
Lieutenant Colonel Bryant and Major Brodeur are the 13th and 14th Air Force Academy graduates killed while supporting operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. The two graduates were killed in the same shooting incident as Maj. Philip Ambard, Academy assistant professor.
5/11/2011 12:09:52 AM ET May your enduring sacrifice be etched on the walls of an Academy memorial forever that your children and descendents may ever see your devotion to America and give pause to reflect on their own.
Jim Scott, Sacramento California
5/6/2011 2:59:47 PM ET Thank you for your service and for securing our freedom.
Wife Class of '69, California
5/6/2011 1:20:41 PM ET Here's a toast...........to one of the most life-loving individuals I had the privilege of knowing at USAFA.