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Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial, Inc. (“TB2”) announced a 2021 aviation scholarship has been awarded to Bradley Riedle, an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (“ERAU”) student earning a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics. TB2 is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving the history of aviation in Scottsdale, Arizona, honoring all military veterans and creating unique educational opportunities for Arizona students studying all aspects of aviation.
Bradley Riedle served in the U.S. Army for 4.5 years as an infantryman and member of the 101st Airborne Division. He became air assault qualified to conduct helicopter operations, plus he served in recon, surveillance and as a fireteam leader. Bradley was deployed to Eastern Africa.
After honorable discharge in 2019, at the rank of Staff Sergeant, he enrolled in ERAU Worldwide with a focus on aeronautics and a flight program. As a full-time student, Bradley holds a 4.0 GPA and also works as supervising officer of a private professional security team for a Northern Arizona medical facility.
With his desire to help people and zeal to fly helicopters, his objective is to be a search and rescue helicopter pilot for either the Sherriff’s Department or the U.S. National Park Service.
Steve Ziomek, chairman and president of TB2, stated, “It is with great respect to see this U.S. Army veteran pursue a career in public service aviation and we are honored to present this aviation scholarship to Bradley. As a former U.S. Coast Guard rescue helicopter pilot, I am also pleased to see such a high-caliber individual desire to seek a career as a search and rescue helicopter pilot. Bradley’s obvious drive, passion and skill set will certainly guide him in the realization of this goal.”