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Bryan Bell, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, killed in Afghanistan


A Barksdale Air Force Base Airman was killed on Thursday while serving in Afghanistan.

23-year-old Bryan Bell died after he was hit by an I-E-D.

Bryan was a member of an elite ‘Explosive Ordinance Division’ (Bomb Squad) based at Barksdale.

His parents say Bryan was originally from Erie, Pennsylvania. He joined the Air Force in April of 2007 and got his bomb disposal training at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida before being assigned to Barksdale.

He married his wife, Alaina in August of 2008 and would have turned 24 next month. Bell also attended Louisiana Tech.

Bryan’s remains are expected to arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware about 11:30 EST.


Family friend, Jim Hawryliw told KTAL’s sister station JET24/FOX66 that Bell was a volunteer firefighter who joined the Air Force in 2007.
Both Bryan and Alaina are from Pennsylvania, Friedley said, and they lived in base housing on Barksdale AFB.

Bell was a member of the 2nd Civil Engineering Squadron based at Barksdale, was an EOD (explosive ordinance disposal) Specialist.

January 6, 2012 - Posted by | Afghanistan, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Improvised Explosive Devices | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Sorry to say we (Barksdale AFB) lost one of our airman this past week. Prayers are with the family and friends!

    Comment by Michael Hoskins | January 13, 2012 | Reply

  2. I have worked with Bryan’s Father for many years. Working as a paramedc, I knew Bryan growing up as he entered the volunteer fire department. I am saddened at the loss of such a fine man, the boy I once knew. It sobers me to think of each great man & woman that risk it all to preserve our freedom. Memorial day is so much more than a day! Thats why I use my nursing license serving our heros at the Erie, PA VA hospital. Thank you and God Speed to Brayn and thank you to all our active & vets!!

    Comment by Paul A. Cooper;R.N. | January 15, 2012 | Reply

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