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Pvt. Robert Bradford drives a wide range of vehicles around Fort Wainwright in Alaska. In the picture, he is on the passenger side of the Load Handling System (LHS).
This is the 11th in a series about graduates from Mountain Valley High School who are serving our country in the military.
Known as Bert to his 2011 MVHS classmates, U.S. Army Private Robert Bradford is posted in a dream location for the summer – Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska, with the 25th infantry support battalion. However, it may be a different story this winter when the temperatures can reach -50 to -60 F and daylight lasts less than four hours.
Pvt. Bradford is an all-wheeled motor vehicle operator. He learned some of the driving skills at Region 9’s in the truck-driving course.
He explains, “I drive anything from the commander's HMVEE to a M915 (18-wheeler). Primarily, I drive the Load Handling System (LHS) which is an eight-wheeled vehicle with a hook arm that loads flat racks or conexs (steel crates that are on barges).”
In Alaska, moose seem to outnumber vehicles. Surprisingly, Pvt. Bradford has not run into issues; maybe growing up in western Maine has its advantages.
“I’ve only seen a couple of moose,” he said. “Almost had one run out in front of the truck on an ammo delivery mission to Fort Greely. A couple of foxes run around the base but don't cause any trouble.”
Prior to being stationed at Fort Wainwright, Pvt. Bradford had Basic Combat Training (BCT) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
His motivation to join the army included “past family members who served and a desire to travel the world, along with wanting to improve my quality of life.”
As the long winter approaches, Pvt. Bradford would like some support from the folks at home. He said, “Keep me and everybody else I serve with close to their hearts and prayers. Just because I'm in Alaska doesn't mean we're unreachable and a simple message can go a long way.”
His Facebook account is Robert Bradford (Bert) and it’s an easy way to get those words of encouragement to him.
He wants his support team at home to know “that I love them and miss them very much. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about my family and friends that I left back home and the good time we shared.”
Pvt. Bradford has a large support team. He is the son of Jane and Alan Bradford of Rumford. Aunt Sandy and Uncle Pete Decourcy Mexico, Aunt Robin and Uncle Gray Paul live in Mexico as well as his sister Monica and her children Aiden and Madison. His sister Sam and nephew Shawn reside in Dixfield. From North Carolina, sister Adria and her husband Scott Cormier as well as nephews William and Elijah, support Pvt. Bradford.
If you know of a MVHS alumnus who is currently serving their country or has recently finished their enlistment, please contact Donna Peare at firstname.lastname@example.org.