North High School Wall of Honor
Rodney Paul Grayson Bricker
Class of January, 1951
Rodney Paul Grayson Bricker

Research done by Claradell Shedd, class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS. Appropriate editing will occur when accurate information is received.

Rodney Paul Grayson Bricker
Rod graduated from North High in January, 1951. At the time, his next of kin was Mr. and Mrs. Carl H. Bricker, 2104 Washington Avenue, Des Moines, IA. His service number is _________.
Rodney Paul Grayson Bricker
Year   Rank   Status
January, 1951   x x Graduated from North High, Des Moines, IA
Jan., 1951-
  Schooling x Drake University, Des Moines, IA. Graduated _______. ROTC commission upon graduation.
date x Enlisted/
US Air Force
x Where and when?
date x Training x Where and when?
date x Training x Where and when?
date x Family x Married Nona C. XXX where and when?
date x Schooling x

University of Southern California. Master's degree.

date x Schooling x *Air War College; Montgomery, AL. Graduated.
date   US Air Force/
x Discharged from the US Air Force
date x Employment x Where and when?
present x Civilian x Died 11/28/10 in St. Petersburg, FL.

Specifics of different duty stations and assignments.
*Air War College
The Air War College is the senior professional military education school of the US Air Force. It emphasizes the development of joint knowledges, skills and attributes required of all Air Force, Sister Service, and international senior officers as well as Department of Defense and other National Security civilians, with special focus on their application to large organization and institutional leadership responsibilities. The resident course is ten months long. The school also offers a non-resident program that is typically completed in 20 months or less.

The Air War College's Mission is to: "prepare students to lead in a joint, interagency and multinational environment at the strategic level across the range of military operations; to develop cross-domain mastery of joint air, space, and cyberspace power and its strategic contributions to national security; and to advance innovative thought on National Security, Department of Defense and Air Forces issues."

The AWC curriculum focuses on five learning areas of emphasis: Learning Area 1: Profession of Arms Emphasis. Graduates are capable of leading in a joint environment at the strategic level across the range of military operations. Learning Area 2: Warfare Studies Emphasis. Graduates make sound judgments on the cross-domain use of joint air, space and cyberspace power to maintain national security. Learning Area 3: Leadership Studies Emphasis. Graduates are prepared to exercise transformational leadership at group/wing command and above levels in service, joint, and coalition settings. Learning Area 4: International Security Studies Emphasis. Graduates are equipped to advance innovative thought on national security, Department of Defense and Air Force issues. Learning Area 5: Communication Studies Emphasis. Graduates can communicate complex information in a clear, concise and logical manner in both written and oral formats.

The Grand Strategy Program is a more intense course of study for officers seeking a deeper understanding of the development and implementation of grand strategy than can be attained through the regular Air War College curriculum. The program examines the historical practice of the strategic art, the challenges of leadership and innovation at the strategic level, the relationship between the military instrument of power and national political objectives, and the interplay of global and regional security trends. The program will commence immediately following the conclusion of the Foundations of Strategy course in early October. Students chosen to participate in the program will form a separate seminar that will meet for the rest of the academic year. To the greatest extent possible this seminar will reflect the joint, interagency and multinational composition of the Air War College student body. Students in the program will participate in the Regional and Cultural Studies with the rest of the Air War College class, but otherwise they will take a separate set of courses from the core curriculum. These courses will cover the same JPME learning areas as the core curriculum, but will include more challenging readings, practical exercises and graded events. The capstone event of the Grand Strategy Program will be a wargame sponsored by the Office of Net Assessment, held in Washington DC in early May 2011. Graduates of the program will receive the same Master of Strategic Studies degree awarded to other Air War College graduates.

Any Air War College student enrolled in the Master’s Degree program may apply to participate in the Grand Strategy Program. Applicants will be required to submit a single-page essay explaining their interest in the program no later than 15 September 2010. In selecting participants, the Grand Strategy Program faculty will consider this essay along with students’ service record, prior academic achievements, and performance in the initial stages of the Air War College curriculum. Finalists may also be asked to attend a short interview with faculty.

*USAF Intelligence Survillance and Reconnaissance Agency
Formerly known as the Air Intelligence Agency.
The AF ISR Agency, headquartered at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, was activated June 8, 2007. [2] Formerly known as the Air Intelligence Agency, the Air Force ISR Agency reports to the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance as a field operating agency. The United States Department of Defense defines ISR as:

An activity that synchronizes and integrates the planning and operation of sensors, assets, and processing, exploitation, and dissemination systems in direct support of current and future operations. This is an integrated intelligence and operations function.

The agency organizes, trains, equips and presents assigned forces and capabilities to conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for combatant commanders and the nation. It also implements and oversees the execution of Air Force policies intended to expand ISR capabilities.

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Drake University; XXX; University of Southern California
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BRICKER, Col. Rodney Paul Grayson "Rod", USAF Ret. passed away Nov. 28, 2010. Born Feb. 15th 1933 in Des Moines, IA. He proudly served in the USAF for 31 yrears as an Intelligence Officer. He was a graduate of Drake University, University of Southern California and The Air War College. He is preceased in death by son, Paul C. G. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nona C.; son, Scott C.G. (Jane); daughter, Laura A., grand- children, David Kelly (Cherie), Danielle Jirousek (Brian) and great-grandchildren, Kyle and Tyler Jirousek. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Bay Pines and James A. Haley VA hospitals for their excellent care and support. He was a friend of Bill W for 43 years. A memorial service will be held on Feb. 21, 2011 at the Bay Pines National Cemetary. In lieu of flower's please make donations to The Humane Society or Habitat for Humanity.
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USAF Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency
Rodney Paul Grayson Bricker
US Air Force

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Rodney Paul Grayson Bricker
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Andrews Air Force Base; Air Force District of Washington
United Nations Service Medal/Korea; National Defense Medal; Korean War Service Medal; Bronze Star; Korean Defense Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal

Examples: United Nations Service Medal/Korea; National Defense Medal;
Korean War Service Medal; Bronze Star;
Korean Defense Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal;
The comprehensive list of names from North High's 1893-2018 graduation classes are from Claradell Shedd's North Des Moines High School website. The names of all North High School graduates can be found online at Rodney Paul Grayson Bricker's 1951 class page can be viewed at
01/01/11: Had most recently lived in St. Petersburg, FL. Died 11/28/10.
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