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THE AIR WARRIOR’S PRAYER

Updated: Mar 22, 2021


CONGRATULATIONS! Colonel Brian Tenbrunsel upon your retirement from the United States Air Force. There is no better calling than to serve and defend one’s Country with the dedication, skill and leadership you have shown. You have indeed followed your dream to fly fighter jets, accomplishing what few can claim. You have mastered the F16 with the best of them. You have danced the skies on laughter silvered wings, reached out and touched the hand of God.

I and those around me, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the unwavering duty you have shown in serving in wartime and in peace, to protect this great Nation from enemies foreign and domestic. I am in awe of what you have accomplished in your career in the Air Force. It has been one of my proudest journeys. May your change in command from Fighter Pilot, with Troops that love you, bring you happiness, fulfillment, safety, health and honor you so richly deserve🇺🇸

I first prayed this Prayer at breakfast in Columbus, Mississippi, a few years back, celebrating you and your fellow pilots having successfully completed your A/T-28 training. The rest is history. Please, if you will, join me in a special prayer for our heroes in the air, who stand daily vigilant on the Sky-wall, that we might be free.


“ Lord God, we beseech You, bless our Air Warriors,

As they go each into their separate grey;

Watch over them, and protect them,

And their families,

As they travel daily on our behalf -

We ask this in Your name. Amen.”


Brian, I love you. May you forever be a pilot, and may the wind be always beneath your wings.


3/6/2021, from “Poetry on My Mind,” p69:


Author’s Note: Upon occasion of retirement from the United States Air Force of Colonel Brian Tenbrunsel, Commander of the Swamp Fox, McIntire AFB, Columbia, SC.

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tenbrunsel2
Mar 31, 2021

We Thank Brian

He has given willingly and courageously, wingtip to wingtip with the best and the bold. He has practiced relentlessly and flown flawlessly one of America’s finest planes. In combat, our air warriors are dominant. No enemy dare challenge. In harms way, Brian has faced the enemy while lit-up, and dispatched them, ne’er flinching nor faltering, eagerly, boldly and aggressively completing his missions, ne’er shrinking from his duty to this great Nation. He has protected black ops in the line of fire. Our Brian has bravely stood on the wall of God, that we may remain free, that we might sleep at night. Let us thank him for his skill and resolve, his resolute courage in the defens…

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Barbara Robertson
Barbara Robertson
Mar 17, 2021

Congratulations Colonel Brian Tenbrunsel on your retirement from the United States Air Force. So very grateful for your service to our country - protecting us in time of war and peace. Proud that you are family - our 2nd cousin.

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tenbrunsel2
tenbrunsel2
Mar 07, 2021


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tenbrunsel2
tenbrunsel2
Mar 07, 2021
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Dieter breaks left in perfect formation on his last flight in the F16🇺🇸

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tenbrunsel2
Mar 07, 2021

Comment of the retirement ceremony: “In the 25 years I have flown the F16, for over 3000 hours, not once did the engine ever fail me! You people in engine maintenance saved my life.” Colonel Tenbrunsel.

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tenbrunsel2
tenbrunsel2
Mar 07, 2021

Tom summed up the day perfectly. When he delivered the above message to the gathering, there were many tears shed, including mine. We could not be more proud of Brian, more thankful for his safety during his 25 year career, and more hopeful for his future health, safety and happiness. Brian’s proud Momma.

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