Emile P. Brettel, III (Bret) from Mobile, Alabama enlisted in the USAF in 1955 when he was about 17 years old. After completing Basic Training he attended the Ground Control Approach Controller course at Keesler AFB. Mississippi, then he was off to England as an Air Traffic Controller.
While there he applied for and was accepted into the Officer Candidate School at Lackland AFB, Texas and class 63A starting in April 1962. He was an A/1C, was married to Gretchen (Joy) and they had 2 children.
After completing OCS Bret was sent to Moody AFB, Georgia (9/62 – 10/63) for Undergraduate Pilot Training then to Dover AFB, Delaware (10/63 – 5/65) as a KC-97G SAC Tanker Pilot. In May of 1965 he was transferred to Westover where he remained until December 1965 when he was sent to Sewart AFB, Tennessee as a C-130E TAC Airlift pilot.
His last assignment while on active duty was to Maxwell AFB, AL where he served as pilot on U-3, O-2 and C-7 aircraft, as well as instructor pilot, SEFE and Director of Operations.
Emile left active duty in 1969 and went into flying in Alaska for Interior Airways. In 1972 he entered the Civil Service and remained as such until 1984 when he retired from Civil Service as a GM 13. He remained in the Air Force Reserve and in September 1997 retired at the rank of Lt Col with 42 years service.
Emile and Gretchen separated during his service time (by then they had 3 children) and in the early 1970’s Emile met and married Wanda. Emile completed his Masters Degree as well as the Squadron Officer School and Air Command and Staff College.
Emile and Wanda now call Dauphin Island, Alabama home.