Claremore Daily Progress

Top Stories

June 16, 2013

Claremore grad promoted to Colonel in USAF; will begin air attaché training


Former Verdigris resident Brian Bell has dedicated his life to serving his country in the Air Force.
That service was recently rewarded as he was promoted to the rank of Colonel.
The ceremony took place aboard the USS Missouri in Hawaii, where Bell has been stationed since 2007.
In addition to his promotion, Bell has a new job.
In June 2014 he will take a three-year assignment as air attaché to the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines. 
A year of training in Washington D.C. will begin in July. During the Joint Military Attaché training, Bell will attend language school and be sent to flight school again.
“This is something I’ve wanted to do for the last 10 years, to break into the attaché field,” he said. “With the promotion came the opportunity. It seemed to be the perfect fit. It’s an absolute honor.”
Bell describes his 22-year career in the Air Force as “solid” and “robust.”
“I’ve been all over the place. I’m surprised at where I am, but it’s been through hard work,” he said. 
Bell graduated from Claremore High School in 1986 and continued his education at Oklahoma State University. He was commissioned in the AFROTC in 1990.
He attributes his successful career to the education and opportunities he received in Oklahoma.
“The education process here gave me the ability to step out and be a leader,” he said.
He is the son of Ron and Kay Bell of Verdigris. His brother, Brett, is a 1990 graduate of CHS.

Text Only
Top Stories
  • bridge work continues Portion of 4180 Road remains closed for completion of bridge work
    A portion of 4180 Road will remain closed through at least Thursday as workers complete a bridge widening project on the south end of Claremore Lake.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rogers County Audit:
    A recent report issued by Oklahoma State Auditor Gary Jones documented Rogers County Clerk Robin Anderson solicited donations from several Rogers County vendors.

    April 20, 2014

  • Students paint mural Catoosa High School artists paint mural to instill respect, inspiration

    Catoosa High School students, Devin Jackson and Spencer Plumlee, recently put the finishing touches on a mural that took more than a year to complete. 

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local attorneys fight to eliminate judgment

    Claremore attorneys — Thomas H. Williams and Jack E. Gordon Jr. —   filed a petition Tuesday to vacate the $27.9 million judgment awarded to Material Service Corp. 

    April 18, 2014

  • Rogers County Water Dist. 16 receives grant

    Rogers County Rural Water District No. 16 received a $24,999 grant Tuesday to help finance expansion of the district’s water supply infrastructure.  

    April 18, 2014

  • Grand Jury recesses until June 24

    The multicounty grand jury charged with investigating accusations of misconduct by Rogers County officials recessed Thursday until June 24-26, saying it needed to hear from more witnesses before returning a finding in the matter.

    April 17, 2014

  • Harps Food opens new store in Inola

    On April 23, Harps Food Stores will reach a new milestone in their company’s history with the opening of its 75th store. 

    April 17, 2014

  • helping children Tri-County CASA seeks additional volunteers as child abuse cases increase

    From 2010-2013, Oklahoma has seen an increase in children entering foster care. According to Oklahoma Department of Human Services reports, approximately 11,000 children are in state’s custody because of child abuse or neglect — 4,000 in the Tulsa area alone and more than 100 in Rogers County.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Judge refuses to dismiss Grubowski in DA suit

    A judge has denied businessman Myron Grubowski's motion to remove him from the defamation lawsuit filed by District Attorney Janice Steidley against sponsors of last fall's unsuccessful citizens petition for a local grand jury investigation of her  office.

    April 17, 2014

  • Controversial schools chief attracts crowd of opponents

    The field of candidates running for state school superintendent is unusually large — a sign of broad interest in what observers say is sure to be a referendum on the incumbent, Dr. Janet Barresi.

    April 17, 2014