Released by 124th Fighter Wing Public Affairs in the February 2011 issue of The Beacon Live, the official online newsletter of the Idaho Air National Guard:
January 28, 2011
By Master Sgt. Tom Gloeckle
124th Fighter Wing Public Affairs NCOIC
Master Sgt. Bradley Jaeckel, a crew chief assigned to the 124th Maintenance Squadron's A-10 Phase Dock, passed away Jan. 6 due to complications related to a medical condition.
Family, friends and co-workers met to celebrate his life at the Chaplain Art Moore
Memorial Chapel at Gowen Field Jan. 13.
Sergeant Jaeckel joined the Air Force in April 1985 and joined the Idaho Air National Guard in January 1990. He served his state in a number of wildfire and flood reliefs and served his country overseas in numerous foreign nations to include Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Sicily for the Bosnian conflict. He originally was an F-111 Crew Chief in the Active Air Force. In the Air National Guard, he went from crew chief to weapons loader to the A-10 Phase Docks where he achieved the rank of master sergeant and position of phase work leader.
He deployed to Iraq in 2007 as the dock chief, where he lead with integrity and strength. He was well known to his fellow Airmen for a dry and outstanding sense of humor, who had the ability to spotlight and correct potential problem areas. According to friends, he was a man that could see into the heart of a situation and used that to give wise counsel to any who asked.
"He led by example, cared about his people first, and used his sense of humor as a tool to train his people, "said Master Sgt. Mark Klaudt, long time friend, fellow crew chief, and phase dock co-worker.
He was highly decorated, honors included: the global war on terrorism citation with two devices, the Kosovo campaign medal, and the Air Force achievement award.
***Message from the Summary Courts Officer***
Anyone who may have a claim for or against his estate is asked to contact Capt. Roger Daniel, appointed summary courts officer, at (208) 422-5695 no later than Feb. 11, 2011.
Probably a personal picture of Master Sgt. Bradley Jaeckel, driving a motor boat. Full size
Condolences to the Jaeckel family from the Warthog News editorial staff.