President Bush signed an order on Sept. 12, promoting Todd Brooks to the grade of lieutenant colonel. in the United States Air Force Reserve. Brooks, 40, was born in Juneau and received his entire primary and secondary education in here. He graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1979, obtained a bachelor's degree from the University of Hawaii in 1983, and a master of science degree from the University of Southern California in 1987.
Lt Col. Brooks has served for 19 years in the active duty and reserve components of the U.S. Air Force, and is a veteran of Operation Just Cause and the Gulf War.
Lt Col. Brooks also commanded missions to bring the gigantic Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, America's largest strategic airlift aircraft, to Juneau on four separate occasions in recent years. Brooks is a command pilot with nearly 18,000 hours of flying experience. He is serving as the chief pilot of the 312th Airlift Squadron, Travis AFB, Calif. Brooks is married to Capt. Sarah Brooks, an aeromedical evacuation flight nurse, also assigned to Travis AFB. They have one son, Todd Jr., 7. They make their home in Vacaville, Calif.
He also is employed as a 747-400 pilot for United Air Lines.