Terry Branham enlisted and served 26 years active duty in the US Army and retired as a Colonel and Master Army Aviator. He served in Vietnam as a Cobra Attack Helicopter Pilot and Platoon Leader, was awarded the Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross. Twenty years later during the Gulf War he was an Apache Helicopter Squadron Commander and Apache Pilot leading the first Squadron sized Apache attack into Iraq.
As a Colonel, because of my extensive night operations experience, I was asked to lead the Department of State Air Wing for the U.S. Drug War in South America for over 2 ½ years. His unit of 13 Army Officers and 500 contract and host nation people with 60 Helicopters and 12 Thrush Spray Aircraft were operating out of a Florida base in Peru, Guatemala, Bolivia, Belize and Ecuador performing night assaults into the jungle to destroy cocaine labs, spray Cocaine and Heroin crops in the mountains, and to capture drug cartel aircraft transiting drugs from and thru these countries. Terry managed a budget of $31 million dollars supported his team that would capture over 1 Billion dollars in drugs each year.
Terry also served as a Field Artillery Battery Commander, a Field Artillery Battalion S-3, an Aviation Battalion S-3 in South Korea, a Cobra Attack Helicopter Company Commander, an Aviation Brigade Executive Officer, a Nuclear Weapons Security Instructor in Germany and Department of the Army Inspector General Nuclear Weapons Security and Surety Inspector for worldwide certifications.
Terry retired from the Army at the end of 1993 and from the civilian work force in 2010 due to complications from Agent Orange from Viet Nam that has caused Neuropathy and is rated at 50% disabled due to military service.
He and his wife Barb reside in Lakeville, MN and serve as a Marriage Mentor couple for Pre-Marriage Couples with Hosanna Lutheran Church and they have led an annual Military Couples Marriage Retreat at the Miracle Lodge in Stewartville for 7 years with the 8th year scheduled in April 2017.
They are active as Volunteers at the Armed Forces Service Center at the MSP Airport and average 12-20 hours per month in the military lounge/center serving active military and retirees and their dependents. Terry serves as the President of the 26-member Board of Directors.
As the Volunteer Coordinator for the Lakeville Yellow Ribbon Program., Terry organized a team of retired Veterans and civilians with a heart for the military and they build Disability Ramps for Veterans across the entire Metro Area and have built 75 ramps to date in the past 6 years. In addition, the team has done scores of projects for Military and Veteran families while deployed and projects unaffordable to these families such as painting, bathroom remodel for wheel chair access, etc.