Originally published April 9, 2012
Col. Brent E. Bracewell is a newly appointed member of the Department of Public Health's Board of Public Health. Bracewell is the director of the Joint Staff, Georgia National Guard. He serves as a principal advisor to the adjutant general and is responsible for assisting the adjutant general in formulating, developing and coordinating all programs, policies and plans affecting the Georgia National Guard and its more than 11,000 citizen soldiers and 3,500 Air National Guard personnel. Additionally, as Director of the Joint Staff, Bracewell is responsible for Domestic Operations and stands ready to serve as a Joint Dual Status Commander.
Bracewell graduated in 1986 from the University of Georgia as a Distinguished Military Graduate and earned his master's degree in strategic studies in 2009 from United States Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
Bracewell is a rated pilot in the OH-58 Kiowa, UH-1H Iroquois, C-12 King Air, and the UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter, and he has more than 25 years of active duty (13 active, and 12 full time National Guard) experience, serving in Desert Storm, Bosnia serving as a Company Commander under "imminent danger" conditions and most recently as an army aviation battalion commander serving under "combat conditions" in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in which he commanded an Army Aviation Task Force flying throughout Kuwait and Southern Iraq. Among his numerous awards and decorations, Col. Bracewell has earned a Bronze State, a Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and an Air Assault Badge.