Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Army Capt. Michael C. Braden

Remember Our Heroes

Army Capt. Michael C. Braden, 31, of Lock Haven, Pa.

Capt. Braden was assigned to the Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.; died April 18, 2012 in Bagram, Afghanistan.

Captain Braden graduated from Lock Haven High School in 1999. He attended Slippery Rock University where he earned a Bachelors’ degree in Information Systems Management. He also met his wife, Jessica, when they were both students at Slippery Rock.

Captain Braden previously deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served admirably as Platoon Leader, Company Commander and Information Assurance Officer.

Captain Braden’s awards and decorations include:
Bronze Star
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Parachutist Badge.

He was also bestowed the Gold Order of Mercury which honors signal-corps soldiers who die during deployment.

Everyone described Captain Braden as a great leader who made sure his soldiers were taken care of at all times. He was known as a wonderful family man and a true American hero. He joined the Army in 2004 and was assigned to Fort Riley in 2008.

He is survived by his wife, Jessica, 2 yr old son, James, parents, Harold and Diane Braden, brothers, Nick and Chris, both active duty military and grandmother, Theresa Dawson.

Army Capt. Michael C. Braden was killed in action on 4/18/12.

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