Salutes & Awards

May 10, 2013

310th FS Top Hats remember lost warrior

Staff Sgt. C.J. HATCH
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Members of the 310th Fighter Squadron raise their glasses in a toast to Lt. Col. Frank ”Bruiser” Bryant in front of the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center April 26. Bryant was killed two years ago when an Afghan opened fire in a meeting at the Northern Kabul International Airport killing eight Airmen and one civilian. Bryant was deployed as an air advisor to the 438th Air Expeditionary Advisor Group in Kabul, Afghanistan. The fitness center was renamed in his honor.

Just over two years ago the Luke Air Force Base community was rocked by the news of an event that happened in Afghanistan. An Afghan colonel opened fire in a meeting held at the North Kabul International Airport killing eight Airmen and one civilian. Among the Airmen was Lt. Col. Frank “Bruiser” Bryant Jr., an F-16 pilot from Luke who was serving as an air advisor during his deployment.

One year and 364 days later, members of the 310th Fighter Squadron gathered in front of the Bryant Fitness Center to remember a wingman, friend and mentor.

“Bruiser was an amazing man,” said Lt. Col. Jon Wheeler, 310th FS commander. “He was a practical joker; he loved sneaking up on people. He was a wrestler, so if he got the drop on you, beware. It was all over.”

Bryant was born and raised in Knoxville, Tenn. He graduated from high school in 1991 as the Tennessee High School State wrestling champion in his weight class. He continued wrestling throughout college at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where, in 1995, he served as the team captain and was named most valuable player. Last year he was posthumously inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. After graduating from the academy in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in general engineering, he attended undergraduate pilot training and became a T-37 instructor pilot. Bryant went on to become a decorated F-16 pilot with 3,047 total flying hours, 121 of which were in combat. During his career, Bryant served at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.; Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea; Shaw AFB, S.C.; and at Luke.

Bryant was an advisor with the NATO Training Mission Afghanistan helping to train the newly formed Afghan air force.

To remember Bryant and his sacrifice, members of the 310th FS and others gathered in front of the Bryant Fitness Center to toast his memory.

“He was an instructor pilot as I was coming through training,” said Maj. James Day, 310th FS. “I remember he had a genuine humility and excitement about the job. He was incredibly talented and a very credible instructor.”

In May 2012 the fitness center on base was renamed in his honor.

“I think it’s important as a community we remember fallen heroes,” Day said. “The gym was named after him, and people should know why and understand the hero he was.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Pg-3

Honorary commanders bid farewell

Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, speaks to the outgoing honorary commanders Sept. 17 at Club Five Six. The Honorary Commander Program fosters relationships between local civic and business leaders and base p...
 
 

News Briefs September 26, 2014

CPTS closed The finance office is closed Monday and Thursday. It will be open regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information, call 1st Lt. William Liaw at 623-856-6035. Comprehensive Airman Fitness Comprehensive Airman Fitness Training is Oct. 14 through 16. It is a three-day course for Airmen...
 
 

Thunderbolt of the Week

Senior Airman Jordan Provencher-Olaes 56th Communications Squadron Network infrastructure technician   Hometown: Chandler, Arizona Years in service: Two Family: Parents, Bridget and Rustico Olaes; brothers, Devon and Ethan Provencher Inspirations: My parents gave me the strength and courage to strive in all areas of life; CS leaders’ mentorship has inspired me to be the very...
 

 
Airman 1st Class Cory Gossett

POW/MIA day commemorated at Luke

Airman 1st Class Cory Gossett Members of the 56th Fighter Wing Honor Guard perform the folding of the flag at the conclusion of the POW/MIA retreat ceremony Sept. 19 at Luke Air Force Base. A warm, breezy late summer afternoon ...
 
 

Chaplain’s thoughts …

Luke Air Force Base held a ceremony to honor America’s prisoners of war and missing in action Sept. 19. There are 83,189 personnel still unaccounted for from conflicts dating back to WWII, according to the Defense Prisoner of War and Missing Personnel Office. These numbers represent countless American families who grieve because they do not...
 
 
Senior Airman Grace Lee

TAP changes to better prepare Airmen for civilian life

Senior Airman Grace Lee Dawn Reynolds, American Veterans representative, speaks to a Transition Assistance Program class. The Luke Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center Transition Assistance Program has recently und...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin