November 15, 2011

Date: 11/15/2011 Description: Celebrating Veterans Day 2011: Bryan Norwood - State Dept Image Bryan J. Norwood, Jr. is a passport specialist at the Western Passport Center (WPC) in Tucson, AZ. He transferred to WPC from Charleston Passport Center about 2 years ago. Bryan has been with the Department of State since 2007 and enjoy working at WPC because of the great team and interesting work (and there are no hurricanes or mosquitoes).

Bryan served in the U. S. Air Force from 1968-1972. Bryan was trained in jet engine maintenance and worked on large cargo aircraft (C-141, and later, the C-17). Bryan was stationed at Kelly Air Force Base (AFB), TX and Charleston AFB, SC and went TDY to Africa, Norway, and Panama. In 1979, Bryan joined the Air Force Reserve as a staff sergeant, served at Charleston AFB, SC as a jet engine mechanic, and eventually attained the “7-level” in job proficiency. Several times, Bryan traveled to Spain and the Azores for mission support and annual training and served on the 315th AMXS Commander’s staff as squadron career advisor. In 2004, I was activated for Operation Iraqi Freedom and served about two years on active duty at Charleston AFB, SC. During this time, Bryan was promoted to the rank of master sergeant (E-7) and worked as a flight line maintenance expeditor.

In 2007, Bryan retired from the Air Force Reserve. During his Air Force career, Bryan earned several awards including the Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal.