"The mission of The Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation is to honor the life of Major David Brodeur by working collaboratively with the students of the Auburn public schools to provide grants and scholarships in the areas of academics, leadership, community and extra-curricular activities."
Air Force Major David L. Brodeur, formerly of Auburn, MA, died April 27, 2011 at Kabul Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was on deployment to Afghanistan from Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, Alaska. Major Brodeur had been assigned, while in Afghanistan, as an advisor to the Afghan Command and Control Center under the NATO Air Training Command.
Prior to his deployment, he served as Executive Officer, Eleventh Air Force, Joint Base Elmendorf -Richardson, Alaska.
Major Brodeur was educated in the Auburn public schools graduating with honors from Auburn High in 1994. While in high school he played soccer and was an accomplished track and field athlete who won Southern Worcester County League and District Class B individual championships. He served as Treasurer and President of the Student Council and was a member of the National Honor Society; represented Auburn High at the Annual Student Government Day Program sponsored by the Massachusetts State Legislature and received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his service to Auburn High and the Town of Auburn.
Major Brodeur entered the United States Military Academy, Colorado Springs in 1995. He graduated 1999 with a degree in Political Science. He later earned a Master of Business Administration and Management from Touro University and had completed Air Command Staff College. He graduated from pilot training at Columbus AFB in Columbus, Mississippi in April 2001 and F-16 Fighter training from Luke AFB in Arizona. David was an experienced F-16 pilot with deployments to Iraq where he flew combat missions during the initial days and months of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Among his commendations and awards are the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, and Combat Action Medal.
He was a F-16 instructor, Flight Commander, and Weapons ADO for the 18th Aggressor Squadron. David was a Senior Pilot with more than 1600 flight hours in fighter aircraft.
Despite David's passion for flying and pride for his country, his greatest love in life was his family. He was a devoted husband to his wife of 11 years and proud father of Elizabeth and David. David was a loving son and brother, cousin, uncle, and friend to many. He placed the needs of others and service to God and country before self.