Runion, Bryan, LT

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Current Service Status
USNR Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Current/Last Primary NEC
132X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Naval Flight Officer
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1980-1982, AT-8284, VAQ-33 Firebirds/Night Hawks
Previously Held NEC
ATR-0000-Aviation Electronics Technician Radar and Radar Navigation Equipment
AT-8284-EP-3 Electronics Warfare Operator
AT-8265-Flight Communications Operator
137X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Naval Flight Officer ( In Training)
Service Years
1979 - 1993
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Sailor of the Quarter
Voice Edition

 Official Badges 

Battle E

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran

Navy Officer Honorable Discharge Admiral Flatley Aviation Safety Award

 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC)Branch 89Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)Reserve Officers Association (ROA)
Gulf Coast ChapterPost 6Air Force Together We ServedNavy Together We Served
  1976, United States Navy Sea Cadet Corps (USNSCC)27
  1982, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), Branch 89 (Member) (Atlanta, Georgia) [Verified]1 - Chap. Page
  1991, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1993, Reserve Officers Association (ROA)
  2002, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), Gulf Coast Chapter (Keesler AFB, Mississippi) [Verified]
  2010, American Legion, Post 6 (Member) (Kokomo, Indiana) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2010, Air Force Together We Served
  2010, Navy Together We Served [Verified]

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
I am an Air Force civilian working with the Air Force Reserve at Grissom ARB IN.  I transferred from the Navy Reserve to the Air Force Reserve at Grissom ARB Indiana, back  in 1993, and became a full-time Air Reserve Technician (ART) Officer. I also met my wife in Indiana. We were married in 1994. We now have two sons, (now young adults). I returned to Indiana again in 2009, this was after tours at Tinker AFB Oklahoma, Randolph AFB Texas, and Langley AFB Virginia. While at Langley, I deployed for 5 months to HQ EUCOM, Patch Barracks, Germany. During my second Grissom tour, I deployed for 6 months to HQ CENTCOM, MacDill AFB, Florida. I was  promoted to Colonel/O-6/GS-13 in the Air Force Reserve and completed a tour as the Mission Support Group Commander for the Air Force Reserve C-17 unit at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. I retired from the Air Force Reserve as an ART Officer with 41 years of military service, but still work full-time as an Air Force civilian.

Best Moment
Enlisted in the Navy on Jan 29 1979, two days after my 18th birthday. My Mom would not sign for me as a 17 year old. I wanted to enlist earlier. I was ready to go in the Navy. I used to go to the Recruiters office a lot and watch recruiting films, get posters, stickers, etc. I looked at all the services. My first interest was the Coast Guard, then I had thoughts about the Seabees. For a while, I looked at the Army National Guard and was going to do that plus be in Army ROTC at North Georgia College. However, I was in the Sea Cadets and that steered me towards the Navy. I knew I wanted to be an Aircrewman and for the longest time wanted to be an AW. However, one of the recruiters said, "When you get out of the Navy, are you going to be able to get a job with Delta Airlines as an AW". With that, I decided to become an AT and then volunteered for Aircrew duty when I got to "A" School, and the rest is history.

Worst Moment
Not really a worst moment, but I will never forget the long day on July 6 1979 when I headed off to Boot Camp. My Dad dropped me off that morning with the Recruiter. I then was taken to the AFEES station in Atlanta and we spent all day there; we then headed off to the Atlanta airport and I went on my first flight on a commercial jetliner. We spent a long evening at the Orlando airport before the bus finally came and got us to take us to Boot Camp. I remember we got there in the wee hours of the morning and started in-processing after what was an already long day. I also remember we were issued shaving kits the first night. This was the late 1970s and some of the guys had to shave off their beards with Bic razors that night. I was glad I wasn't in that boat.

Chain of Command
Recruiter: BM2 Mike Pike, Navy Recruiting Station, Marietta GA.

Other Memories
I was a senior in high school and also in the Navy Sea Cadet program. I was originally suppossed to go to Boot Camp in September. However, my recruiter had an opening in the 3 X 6 Program, which meant I could go to Boot Camp in July. I had just graduated high school in June when I got the call and was working at Williams Bros. Lumber Co. I was ready to go and did not want to wait until September, so I changed my contract so I could go to Boot Camp earlier. The 3 X 6 program was a good decision as I had a two-year reserve obligation and went directly into the Reserve when I got off active duty to attend college.
Other Comments:
Between my Navy and Air Force service, I had 41 total years of military service, of which 17 years were on active duty status. I was promoted to  Col in the Air Force Reserve in 2014 and retired in 2020.

Here is a link to my Air Force Page on TWS:
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Naval Flight Officer Wings
Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Badge
Air Crew Wings

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1979, Recruit Training (Orlando, FL), 16315
  1988, Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) (Pensacola, FL), 0159
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
NATTC (Staff)  Memphis, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Staff)Naval Aircrewman Candidate School (NACCS)Fleet Combat Training Center Atlantic (Staff)NTTCD Corry Station, Pensacola, FL (Staff)
SERE SchoolVAQ-33 Firebirds/Night HawksVR-46 EaglesAdvancement Schools and Courses
VT-10 Cosmic CatsNaval Air Training Unit (Staff)VP-62 Broad ArrowsAir Force Reserve Command, <B>US Air Force (USAF)</b>
  1979-1980, ATR-0000, NATTC (Staff) Memphis, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Staff)
  1980-1980, ATR-0000, Naval Aircrewman Candidate School (NACCS)
  1980-1980, ATR-0000, Fleet Combat Training Center Atlantic (Staff)
  1980-1980, ATR-0000, NTTCD Corry Station, Pensacola, FL (Staff)
  1980-1980, ATR-0000, SERE School
  1980-1982, AT-8284, VAQ-33 Firebirds/Night Hawks
  1982-1988, AT-8265, VR-46 Eagles
  1988-1988, 137X, Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) (Student)
  1988-1988, 137X, VT-10 Cosmic Cats
  1989-1989, 137X, Naval Air Training Unit (Staff)
  1989-1993, 132X, VP-62 Broad Arrows
  1993-Present, Air Force Reserve Command, US Air Force (USAF)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1980-1980 Mariel Boatlift (Cuba)
  1993-1993 Operation Sharp Guard (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
 Colleges Attended 
Southern Polytechnic State UniverisityWebster University
  1982-1987, Southern Polytechnic State Univerisity1
  2003-2004, Webster University
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