AIR FORCE CAPT. Bryan Healea receives the Bronze Star for his intelligence support in Afghanistan. Courtesy photo

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Oak Ridge High School grad earns Bronze Star

By August 10, 2011

U.S. Air Force Capt. Bryan Healea was awarded a bronze star for intelligence support of coalition special forces while deployed to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan between October 2010 and May 2011.

Healea was the deputy director for Intelligence at the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan at the time.

The Oak Ridge graduate went to San Diego State University for officer training and graduated in 2006 with a degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution. He was commissioned into the Air Force as a second lieutenant.

From there, it was off to intelligence officers training at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas.

Healea was promoted to First Lieutenant in 2008 and stationed at Mildenhall Royal Air Force Base, England, where he served as the chief of Analysis, Correlation and Fusion Flight at the 352 Special Operations Group.

In March of 2008 he was dispatched to Balad Air Base, north of Bagdad, to serve as deputy intelligence officer for Combined Joint Special operations Air Component, which is comprised of three helicopter and three C-130 aircraft Special Operations Squadrons.

In his five years in the Air Force, Healea has earned the NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Security Medal, Joint Services Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and now a Bronze Star.

Healea was promoted to Captain in July 2010 and is now stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, where he works on the Central Command Team.

Healea currently lives with his wife Rebecca, who is also an Air Force captain.

Mike Roberts

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