The Military Life of the Alan Bruns Family 1983-2008
Alan Bruns is a Colorado Native and after graduating from Lamar High School, attended Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1983 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army.
1983 With Dad, Mom & his adorable sister, Aimee ROTC Banquet With Miss Joyce Commissioning
2nd Lieutenant Alan Bruns received a one year educational delay and married his beloved sweetheart, Joyce Thompson (originally from Chicago) on March 11, 1984 in Tucson, Arizona
1984 Wedding Day Notice the Airborne Shirt Hanging out with Joe in Old Tucson
2nd Lieutenant Alan Bruns attended the Chemical Officer Basic Course at Ft. McClellan, Alabama finishing as an Honor Graduate.
1984 Chemical School Banquet Graduation Off to class
1984 How to Respond to a Chemical Attack! 19 weeks of training! Thank you Very much! Gas, Gas, Gas!!!
1st Lieutenant Alan Bruns assigned as Battalion Assistant S-3/ Chemical Officer for the 6th Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Berlin Brigade, West Berlin, Germany; and Assistant Brigade Chemical Officer/ Team Leader of the 72nd Chemical Detachment, Berlin Brigade, West Berlin, Germany during the . Cold War
1984-1986 Having fun behind the Iron Curtain 76 th Chemical Detachment Brandenburg Gate West Berlin, Germany
1984-1986 Playing with Soviet Weapons Berlin Beauty West Berlin, Germany
1984-1986 Joshua- Ich bin ein Berliner Heidelberg Castle Chemical Ball West Berlin, Germany
2 nd Lieutenant ( AGAIN ) Alan Bruns attended the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine of the Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland with rotations at Bethesda Naval Hospital and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in D.C., and earned his Medical Degree in 1990 and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical Honor society.
1990-1995 Honolulu, Hawaii Teaching Anatomy to Ashley’s Class
Major Alan Bruns Chief of Otolaryngology, Keller Army Hospital, West Point, New York where he also was the Head and Neck Staff for Surgical Residents at the Castle Point Veteran’s Medical Center, and the Otolaryngology Consultant, Patterson Army Community Hospital, Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey.
1995-1999 Where’s Joyce? Our Sunday School Cadets
1995-1999 Using surgical skills At the Hospital Ashley’s two Foreign cadets
Colonel Alan Bruns from July 2006 – March 2007, was the Surgical Consultant/ Clinical Operations Officer/ Head and Neck Trauma Surgeon for the Task Force 3rd Medical Command, Multinational Corps-Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq.
Trying to get to Iraq Yes, Kuwait is hot in August! 2006-2007
Train-up, move, equip, feed and house a soldier for an Iraq deployment $400,000
Redeploying and Coming home to your family! Priceless!!
Colonel Alan Bruns returned to Evans Army Hospital, Ft. Carson, Colorado as the Chief of the Department of Surgery.
Teaching Chicago 4 th Graders about Iraq. Home again. 2007-2008 Evans Army Community Hospital
Richard Purdy finally Retired! Ryan added to The Family. 2007-2008 Evans Army Community Hospital
Retirment Season! 2007-2008 Evans Army Community Hospital
Colonel Alan Bruns Completed additional military training of greater than 2 weeks in other states including California, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, & Wisconsin. And spent two weeks in Kuwait and three weeks in the Marshall Islands
Army Slogans that Influenced his career Be all you can be- 1981 (Convinced him to sign up) Army of One- 2001 (Considered leaving, but would have left an Army of Zero) Army Strong- 2006 (Started going to the gym)
Home is where the Army sends you… Alabama Trailer Colorado Springs First Home! West Point Government Quarters Maryland Town Home Berlin Apartment Honolulu Government Quarters Baghdad Trailer Back to a
A few places of work. Tripler Army Medical Center Honolulu Berlin Brigade HQ Keller Army Hospital West Point Bethesda Naval Hospital Uniformed Services University Evans Army Hospital Ft. Carson Baghdad & Balad, Iraq Walter Reed Medical Center Washington D.C.
No greater blessing than to have a great family!
Thank you to the soldiers & NCOs, patients, leaders, ENT staff, friends, & my family who have made this a wonderful journey. Alan Bruns