(Senate - June 08, 2000)

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[Pages S4816-S4817]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []

                   TRIBUTE TO COL. CRAIG F. BROTCHIE

 Mr. HUTCHINSON. Mr. President, I rise today to honor Col. 
Craig F. Brotchie of the United States Special Operations Command who 
is retiring from the United States Air Force after 26 years of active 
duty. Colonel Brotchie is an exceptional leader, and has served this 
great country with honor and dignity. He understands leadership and 
selfless service. He is known for his dedication and integrity. Colonel 
Brotchie has tackled the tough issues that our Air Force and Special

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Forces Units have had to face over the past three decades, and this 
wonderful American deserves tremendous praise and thanks from a nation 
he loves and for which he has given so much.
  Colonel Brotchie was born January 27, 1952, in San Bernardino, 
California. In 1974, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business 
administration from Southern Utah State College, and earned 
distinguished graduate honors in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training 
Corps prior to commissioning. He completed Squadron Officer School at 
Maxwell AFB, Alabama, in 1978; the U.S. Army Command and General Staff 
Officer course at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1983; and the U.S. Army 
War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, in 1987. While at Fort 
Leavenworth, Colonel Brotchie earned a master's degree in human 
relations from Webster University.
  Colonel Brotchie completed various operational, staff and command 
assignments in his career. He served as a personnel officer for the 
777th Radar Squadron, Klamath Air Force Station, California; and in 
various personnel offices in the 1606th Air Base Wing, Kirtland AFB, 
New Mexico, prior to entering the combat control career field. Since 
1979, Colonel Brotchie served as officer in charge, Combat Control 
Team, 62nd Military Airlift Wing, McChord AFB, Washington; Special 
Tactics Team Leader and Operations Officer, Detachment 1, Military 
Airlift Command Operation Staff, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and as the 
Combat Control Staff Officer, Joint Special Operations Command. In 
1984, Colonel Brotchie took command of Detachment 2, 1723rd Combat 
Control Squadron, Clark AB, Republic of the Philippines. After 
Intermediate Service School, he took command of the 1723rd Combat 
Control Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida, and in 1989, became the 
commander of the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope AFB, North 
Carolina. Upon completion of War College, he was assigned as the Deputy 
Chief, Special Operations Division, Directorate of Forces, Headquarters 
United States Air Force, Washington, D.C. In 1995, he returned to 
Hurlburt Field as Commander of the 720th Special Tactics Group.
  Colonel Brotchie is a master parachutist, military free fall 
parachutist, combat diver, and air traffic controller. His military 
decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of 
Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, 
the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force 
Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, and the Joint Service 
Achievement Medal.
  Colonel Brotchie shares his devotion to our Nation through military 
service with his wife, Col. Ann E. Dunwoody, who was recently selected 
for promotion and designated to command a major unit at Fort Bragg, 
North Carolina. They have two sons: Bryan and Scott.
  It is with great pride and honor that I wish Craig and his family the 
best as he retires from the United States Air Force. He has set an 
inspiring example of dedication to the defense of freedom and to the 
protection of the basic liberties that the citizens of our country