CW5(R) Brian Stewmon joined the Army on 27 May 1987. After attending Basic Training, he attended Initial Entry Rotary Wing training and AH-64A Qualification training at Ft. Rucker, Al and was commissioned a Warrant Officer One. Following flight school, Brian was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) where he deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm and flew on Operation Normandy which is credited with being the first shots of the war. CW5(R) Stewmon retired with over 22 years of service in 2009. He currently still supports Army Aviation as the Operations Officer for the Directorate of Training and Doctrine.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics, a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Education in Learning and Technology. Additionally, he has a FAA Private Pilot Fixed Wing and Commercial Instrument Rotorcraft ratings and has flown over 6300 hours. He is a graduate of the AH-64A Instructor Pilot Course, the AH-64D Instructor Pilot Course, the Instrument Flight Examiner Course, SERE Level B, The Air Assault School, the Warrant Officer Advance Course, the Senior Staff Course, and the Electronic Warfare Officer Course. His aircraft qualifications include the TH-55, UH-1, OH-58A/C, AH-64A and AH-64D.
CW5(R) Stewmon’s military awards and decorations include the Soldier’s Metal, the Bronze Star Metal, Meritorious Service Metal (3OLC), the Air Metal (V Device), the Air Metal (Numeral 4), the Master Aviator Badge and the Air Assault Badge. CW5(R) Stewmon is a native of Arkansas and has one son, Logan who is attending Auburn University majoring in Aerospace Engineering.
LTC(R) BJORN D.A. JOHNSON
Lieutenant Colonel (R) Johnson is a native of Minnesota born in the town of Willmar to Jeff and Karen Johnson. He entered service 21 August 1986.
LTC Johnson’s Army Reserve and National Guard assignments include Operational assignments with the 185th Infantry, USAR, St. Cloud Minnesota; 2-312 Infantry USNG; 431st Aviation, USAR, St. Paul MN serving as an Enlisted Combat Medic. Following his promotion to 2nd Lieutenant in November 1989 his assignments include 2nd -123rd Attack Helicopter Battalion in St. Paul, Minnesota where he served as the AVIM’s Production Control Officer and later as the Attack Platoon Leader for C Company; 3-147th Attack Helicopter Battalion, St. Paul Minnesota serving as Battalion S4, D Company Commander, and G3 Plans Officer while mobilized in support of Operation Joint Guard in Bosnia Herzegovinian and Heidelberg, Germany.
LTC Johnson’s Awards and Decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (w/OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (w/2 OLC), Air Medal (NUM 3), Army Commendation Medal (w/Silver OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (w/OLC), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (3 Campaign Stars) , Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (w/M devise), Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon (NUM 3), Honorable Order of Saint Michael Bronze Award, Noble Patron of Cavalry and Armor, Combat Action Badge, Army Aviator Badge, Senior Army Aviator Badge.
Lieutenant Colonel Johnson is married to the former Sheri Anne Devor daughter of Roger and Elizabeth Devor of Adrian, Minnesota. They have two daughters, Megan and Katelyn. LTC Johnson resides in the Huntsville Alabama area.
LTC ALLEN G. HAHN
Lieutenant Colonel Allen G. Hahn grew up in Tyler, Texas. He is a graduate of Sam Houston State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Allen received an honorable discharge as a sergeant from Alpha Company, 5th Tank Battalion, 45 Armor Division, Texas Army National Guard after he returned to Sam Houston State University and was commissioned as a distinguished military graduate (DMG), entering active duty as an Aviation Branch Second Lieutenant in 1996.
As the Force Military Information Officer, LTC Hahn is responsible for providing Intelligence information to the Force leadership in order to make operational decisions for missions within the country of Liberia, for its Peace Keeping operations.
LTC Hahn’s military awards include the Bronze Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with five oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with three campaign stars, Global War On Terror Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, and Army Service Medal. His decorations include the Senior Aviator Badge.
LTC Hahn formed the Apache Warrior Foundation, LLC, for the honoring of the fallen AH-64 Apache Warriors in July 2013. The foundation was founded in order to honor the fallen, educate he general public about the US Army and the AH-64 Apache Attack helicopter and heal the families and friends left behind.
LTC Hahn is married to the former Jonna D. Richey of Jacksonville, Texas. They have two children, Dee Ann Richey, Tyler Reed Hahn and a granddaughter Michalla Ann Robertson.
CWO5(R) CHARLIE DODD
Born and raised in Arkansas, Charlie enlisted in the Army right out of high school. He served nine years as an Air Traffic Control Specialist before being accepted to the Warrant Officer Flight Training Program. During his Warrant Officer service he flew multiple aircraft, including C-12s and LUH-72s, but always returned to the big rig, his beloved AH-64. He served in a variety of positions, including Company and Battalion Instructor Pilot, Battalion Master Gunner, Brigade Standardization Instructor Pilot, and Brigade Command Chief Warrant Officer. His Army career spanned 31 years and the globe; assignments at Fort Rucker, Fort Bragg, Fort Hood, Fort Bliss, Korea, Germany, Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, a deployment to Afghanistan and three to Iraq.
Charlie retired in 2014, having attained the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 5.
After retiring he and his wife, Betina, packed up one more time and moved to a small town in rural south Mississippi. His time now is filled with competitive shooting, hunting, and maintaining Grumpy's Grove - 25 acres of woodlands, pond, pecan orchard, chickens, dogs, and honeybees.
COL(R) Kevin Christensen
Mr. Kevin Christensen is Senior Manager, Future Vertical Lift and Army Aviation Systems, Government Affairs, in the Washington DC office for Lockheed Martin Corporation. Mr. Christensen is responsible for leading Lockheed Martin’s efforts in the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR TD), Future Vertical Lift, and Army Aviation Programs to meet Army requirements.
Mr. Christensen joined Lockheed Martin in August 2016 after completing 27 years of distinguished service as a Colonel in the United States Army. Previously, Mr. Christensen was the Chief of the Force Support Division of the Joint Staff J-8, Commanding Officer of the 110th Aviation Brigade, and Commanding Officer of the 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry (AH-64) as part of his Army service. His awards include the Army Valorous Unit Award and Combat Action Badge while commanding his squadron in Iraq, the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Air Medal. Mr. Christensen holds a Master Army Aviator designation and is rated in the AH-64 Apache, OH-58 Kiowa, UH-72 Lakota, and the UH-1 Huey.
Mr. Christensen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming and a Master’s Degree in Operations Research and Systems Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology. Mr. Christensen is also a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University in Washington DC.
Mr. Christensen is a native of Casper, WY. He is married to the former Amber Lee of Cheyenne, WY. They have two children; Heather and Trevor.
COL(R) Michael J. Barbee
Michael J. Barbee is a native of Summerville, Georgia, and a 1986 West Point graduate. He served for 28 years in the Army, retiring as a Colonel in 2014. During his time in the Army, Mike served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. His deployments include Operation Desert Storm as a Brigade Staff Officer, Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Battalion Commander, and Operation Enduring Freedom as Advisor to the Afghan Minister of Defense. He also served 2 overseas assignments in Germany and 1 in Saudi Arabia. Mike states that out of his 28 year career in uniform, the 23rd of March 2003 Apache Deep Attack in Iraq is his most memorable experience, and will forever be etched in his mind for the incredible bravery his Soldiers exhibited in the face of non-stop, intense enemy fire. He is also extremely proud of the 944 other combat missions 6-6 CAV successfully performed in Iraq that year.
Mike and his wife Dee now reside in Enterprise, Alabama, where Mike serves as an executive for L3 Technologies. He would like to thank his wife, Dee, for doing such a wonderful job raising their children while he served, and his son Wesley and daughter Sydney for being such great young adults and making him proud on a daily basis.
LTC JASON A. KING
CPT(R) CARRIE BRUHL
Carrie began her military career with a 4 year ROTC scholarship to UCLA. She graduated with a BS and was selected to attend flight school at Ft Rucker, AL. Graduating near the top of her class, she was given the opportunity to fly Apaches in Germany. She would join 6-6 CAV and become the first Apache Longbows in Europe. Prior to the unit’s deployment to Germany, they attended a vigorous training program, UFTP, at Ft Hood, TX. Approximately 8 months later, the unit deployed to Germany. After just 6 short months in Illesheim, Germany, 6-6 CAV was notified they would deploy to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Carrie was a LT at the time, serving as the A Co Platoon Leader responsible for a Platoon of Soldiers, Aviators and aircraft.
6-6 CAV served in Kuwait, and then Iraq for 12 months. Carrie served as the A Co Platoon leader for the first half of the fight, then took the position of the III/V Platoon Leader. After 12 months in Theater, the unit redeployed back to Germany. Carrie then attended the Captain’s course at FT Rucker, AL and was then sent to Camp Humphrey’s, Korea. She served in the S3 shop and was then given a line company command, B Co 4-2 AVN. She spent over 2 years serving in Korea before deciding to complete her military time and return to California to raise a family. She also successfully completed an MBA program while serving in Korea.
Carrie lives in Orange County, Ca with her husband Mike and her three children, Michael, Kate and Payton. She is a Sales Manager for Otis Elevator.