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The Day Klepto Died

David "Klepto" Brodeur
Maj. David “Klepto” Brodeur

One of the worst things about being in the military is when someone you knew and cared about dies on active duty. It is always bad when someone dies, but it is truly sorrowful when a good person dies in the prime of his or her life.

April 27, 2011 – “Biggest news tonight – Monica Ybarra just wrote me that David “Klepto” Brodeur died in Afghanistan today. Dave and Susie lived across the street from us on Misty Fjord at Eielson.”

Klepto and Dave served together in the 354th Fighter Wing at Eielson AFB, Alaska. Dave was the unit chaplain for the 18th Aggressor Squadron, the “Blue Foxes.”18th Aggressor Squadron

“Dave was a man of great faith, a wonderful father. He always had a kind word and a great smile. More than just his family will miss him. Pray for his family, his friends, his squadron and those who died with him.”

“The sense of loss always hits hard,” Dave said. It serves as a reminder of the dangerous nature of the military for those who protect Americans and our allies. Many Americans are clueless about what the military actually does and some may not even care.

“I have met some callous people who said, ‘Well you chose this life. I don’t feel sorry for you.’ Many folks don’t understand the ‘calling’ of service and the understanding that if good people don’t take the chance of offering their health, their limbs or even their life, plenty of bad guys out there would love to take the blessings of this land and its people and change them to something else,” Dave said.

“Klepto was one of those who said, ‘Here I am, send me.’ I can only imagine what his last day on Earth was like.”

Dave took comfort in knowing that Klepto was a faithful Christian man, husband, father, son, friend and wingman.

Making a toast“He did not die alone and the world is a better place because of his life. I know God has a special place just for him,” he said.

“So, in the tradition of the Blue Foxes, have at you, Klepto. Have at you!”

The Arta Peace Walk

The day after Thanksgiving, Dave joined others from Camp Lemonnier for a peace “walk” which turned out to be an arduous hike. More than 50 people showed up at the designated area to catch buses to the starting point at 5:45 a.m. only to discover the buses were accidentally cancelled. Many of the participants were disappointedContinue Reading