Friday, May 17, 2013
GROVETOWN, Ga. (WRDW) --DynCorp International has confirmed that a local man working on the Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan program was killed in an explosion.
Michael Robert Bradford of Grovetown was one of four company employees who were killed on Thursday in Kabul. Two members of the military were also killed.
Bradford, 26, joined the company last November and is a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Bradford moved to the area from Kentucky to work at Fort Gordon about a year ago. He leaves behind his wife, Sasha Cantrell, who is pregnant and due this summer.
Here is a statement from Bradford's wife:
"Michael and I met when I was a freshman in high school and he was a junior. Our relationship started off like brother and sister, we did everything together, we were best friends before we fell in love. After Michael enlisted and was sent to his first duty station in Camp Humphreys Korea.
In October that first year in Korea he said he was coming home and it was a mission to make me his. He flew me out that Christmas so we could spend it together. We were married in Washington state right after Michael was transferred to the 201st BFSB in Ft. Lewis. It was so short notice we were married in jeans and flip flops, 24 hours after our marriage I was on a plane back to Kentucky so I could finish school.
So far we have been through 4 deployments and about a week before Mike deployed to Afghanistan this last time we found out we were pregnant. Michael told me many times that it was the happiest day of his life. There was never a doubt in my mind that he was
going to be the best father.
Michael was so smart. He could have taught our son so much. Michael could learn a language quicker than you could cook a pizza. He was an infectious type of person, Michael was always in a great mood and it made everyone around him feel the same. Michael would drop everything to help a friend at a moments notice.
Through out Michael's military service he made so many amazing friends. Michael would talk about all of his military friends all the time. Last spring we moved out to Augusta Ga, for a contracting position at Ft. Gordon with a close friend from the Army. Michael's wanted more than anything to attend the The Masters, and was planning trying to make it in 2014 after he got back.
Michael was a die hard Kentucky fan and would send pictures from overseas with his UK flag hanging in his CHU. He was such a sports fan that when we got our dog while living in Seattle he told me either the dog or our first born could be named ESPN. So naturally our dogs name is ESPN. I want to thank the Bradford family every day for raising such a great person. Our son Michael Jr. who is due to arrive the end of June will grow up knowing what a wonderful person his father was and how he sacrificed his life for our country."
The Victory Community Bank has set up the Michael Bradford Memorial Trust at locations in Kentucky.
Victory Community Bank - Fort Thomas
602 S Fort Thomas Ave
Fort Thomas, KY 41075
Victory Community Bank - Fort Mitchell
2500 Chamber Center Drive
Fort Mitchell, KY 41017
Victory Community Bank - Union
8735 US Hwy 42
Florence, KY 41042