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2021 Special Tactics Officer of the Year

Captain Brandon P. Farrell is a Combat Rescue Officer assigned to the 320th Special Tactics Squadron, 353rd Special Operations Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan as a Special Tactics Flight Commander. He is 27 years old. Captain Farrell was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on 26 January 1994. He attended Sand Creek High School, graduating top ten percent of his class in May of 2012. He lettered in wrestling, cross country, and academics his sophomore, junior, and senior year of high school. After graduating high school Captain Farrell was locally employed as lifeguard supervisor for LifeTime Fitness. He subsequently enrolled in the University of Northern Colorado, where he played Rugby and joined the Air Force Officer Reserved Training Corp. In 2014, Captain Farrell was selected for enrollment allocation to attend Air Force ROTC field training. Upon graduating the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and minor in Business Administration, Captain Farrell commissioned into the United States Air Force in May of 2016 with a direct assignment to the 48th Rescue Squadron Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona. Since arriving to at Davis-Monthan, Captain Farrell has completed the Combat Rescue Officer Training pipeline, served as Battle Captain during a deployment to Kandahar AF, Afghanistan, and a Fixed Wing Team Commander during a deployment to Camp Lemonier, Djibouti. His military awards include an Air Medal, and Aerial Achievement Medal, a Commendation Medal, two Achievement Medals, Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service, Humanitarian Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Medal, and Air Force Training Ribbon.


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