Claremore grad promoted to Colonel in USAF; will begin air attaché training
Rebecca Hattaway Staff Writer
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.