Soldier Honored: David L. Brodeur
Hometown: Auburn, MA
Branch of Service: Air Force
Major David Brodeur, 34, of Auburn, Massachusetts was assigned to the 11th Air Force, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. On April 27, 2011, while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom in Kabul, Afghanistan, Maj. Brodeur and seven other U.S. troops died of wounds sustained from gunfire from an Afghan military trainee.
A 1994 graduate of Auburn High, Major Brodeur entered the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs in 1995. In 1999 he graduated with a degree in Political Science. Major Brodeur earned a Master of Business Administration and Management from Touro University and had completed Air Command Staff College. Major Brodeur graduated from pilot training at Columbus AFB in Columbus, Mississippi in April 2001, and F-16 Fighter training from Luke AFB in Arizona. Major Brodeur was an experienced F-16 pilot with deployments to Iraq where he flew combat missions during the initial days and months of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Among his commendations and awards are the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, and Combat Action Medal. Major Brodeur was an F-16 instructor, Flight Commander, and Weapons ADO for the 18th Aggressor Squadron. He was a Senior Pilot with more than 1600 flight hours in fighter aircraft. Maj. Brodeur’s greatest love in life was his family.
Major David Brodeur was a devoted husband to his wife of 11 years and proud father of his two children. He was a loving son and brother who placed the needs of others and service to God and country before himself.
Both of his children are Folds of Honor Scholarship recipients.