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Brad Michaels of the US Air Force

Today we salute First Sergeant Brad Michaels of the US Air Force. His son Zachariah wrote in to us after he heard that we do the Troop Salute every Monday, Wednesday and Friday here on 98.9 the Bull, and he knew he had to do one for his dad. First Sergeant Michaels served from 1986-1996 primarily working with munitions. He was a bomb dump assistant at various stations handling all kinds of ammunition, from bullets to bombs, serving in several bases including Germany and Korea. Zachariah says he always knew his father loved him and his family, but wishes they could have spent more time together. Following the Air Force, Brad became a police officer. But when the family had to relocate, and they needed more money, he became a long haul truck driver, which took him away from home for long periods of time. Sadly, Brad then became stricken with ALS – commonly knows as Lou Gehrig ’s disease – from which he ultimately passed away. Zachariah says Brad was a wonderful dad who did everything he could for his family and even when he was away, they always knew he loved them.

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