Big Day at the U.S. Embassy for the Bryski Family

Above: A family affair! Kevin’s son Ky on the left, U.S. Air Force Attaché, Colonel Rowell, Kevin, his wife Michelle, and daughter Tesia.

13846 Colonel (retired) Kevin F. Bryski, OMM, CD, M.Eng. P.Eng., Awarded the U.S. Legion of Merit

Article by 11766 James Doherty

James Doherty

I was privileged to join Colonel Kevin Bryski and his family at a ceremony held at the United States Embassy in Ottawa on Tuesday the 17th of July, 2018, where Kevin was awarded the U.S. Legion of Merit of Officer for exceptionally meritorious service while serving as the Canadian Defence Force’s Liaison Officer in U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) in Omaha from July 2014 to July 2017. Colonel Bryski retired from the Royal Canadian Air Force in September 2017 and was featured in a previous e-Veritas article, entitled Classy officer calls it a day after 38 years.

Nominated by General Hyten, Commander U.S. Strategic Command, signed by the U.S. Secretary of Defense, retired United States Marine Corps General Jim Mattis, and bestowed by U.S. Air Force Advisor to the US Ambassador in Canada, Colonel Bill Rowell, the U.S. Legion of Merit (degree of officer) citation emphasizes Colonel Bryski’s extraordinary contributions that enhanced understanding, improved cooperation, and strengthened relations between the United States Strategic Command and the Canadian Armed Forces. Colonel Bryski’s leadership, professional knowledge, and technical expertise served to promote, enhance, and sustain the strategic military cooperation between the United States and Canada, our Allies, and other partner nations, tirelessly advocating for military inter-operability and developing broad engagements based on a deterrence and assurance context that spanned multiple domains. His consummate professionalism and proactive nature made him the driving force in developing strategic objectives for execution and the establishment of a framework for operations, planning, and exercise cooperation within the Command… The superior effort, outstanding leadership, and personal initiative displayed by Colonel Bryski reflect great credit upon himself, the Royal Canadian Air Force, and his country.

This prestigious decoration adds to two previous international honours that Colonel Bryski has received including the NATO Meritorious Service Medal for his exceptional contribution as project manager of the $1.6B Mid-Term Modernization of the NATO AWACS and the U.S. Army Bronze Star Medal for outstanding meritorious service on combat operations in Afghanistan as Chief of Staff in the U.S. lead Afghan Regional Security Integration Command (South).

To put this in perspective, in the publication called Commonwealth and Foreign Honours published by the DH&R about foreign and commonwealth honours awarded to CAF personnel. Over the time period 1967-2017 there were only 24 CAF members who were awarded 3 honours.

Following the ceremony, award recipients and their guests were treated to a stirring performance by the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, which included a history of the Fife and Drum.

Now retired from the RCAF, Colonel Bryski has started Kemvich Enterprises Inc. and is under contract with the RCAF as Special Advisor to DG Space.

With much admiration, 11766 Colonel (retired) James Philip Doherty, OMM, CD, P.Eng.

10 Comments

  • David Stinson

    July 30, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Kevin,
    Very well done, in all respects. Best wishes to you and the family for continuing success.
    David Stinson

  • Mike Kennedy #12570

    July 30, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    Congratulations to Kevin on this significant achievement, and thanks to him for his service to Canada and to the RCAF. Thanks also to James Doherty (who was in my squadron) for bringing this story to our attention. James is another example of an Ex-Cadet whose leadership and contributions reflect great credit on the College and the RCAF. He and those like him were important mentors to the 5 Sqn recruits of 1976.

  • Mike Fabbro

    August 1, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Kevin and family:
    Very well deserved. Very proud of you and all that you have done. You continue to inspire and motivate us after your retirement.

  • Larry Biggin

    August 1, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Congratulations Kevin!! It does reflect well on you, the RCAF and Canada and fits well with your other two international medals that symbolize a great career of service and accomplishment!
    Very proud of you. All the best to you and your family.

  • Ed Batchelor

    August 1, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Kevin,
    A heartfelt BZ to a Class of 83 bud who has demonstrated extraordinary poise and purpose while representing Canada and the CAF in the international community and rightly recognized for doing so. Keeping it real and relevant. Congratulations!

  • Jean Bryski

    August 1, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Congratulations my retired son. You have made me so proud of you and what you have achieved in your 38 years illustrious career. Love to you ,Michelle, Tesia and Ky.

  • Allen Eliason

    August 1, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Congratulations on your outstanding achievement Kevin. You served your country exceptionally well throughout your career and should be justifiably proud of your accomplishments. BZ.