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B.J. Brown, 85

Lt Col B.J. Brown, Retired USAF, passed away on 12-23-2015. He has donated his body to the Arkansas Anatomical Gift Program so there will be no services. Col Brown was born in a small oil field town in Oklahoma on October 23, 1930, to Fred and Auda Brown. He graduated from high school at Madill, OK. After acquiring two years college credits he joined the USAF in July 1952 and went directly into their Aviation Cadet program. Cadet Brown was a Distinguished Graduate and received his commission in December 1953. He received his wings as a Basic Observer-Aircraft Performance Engineer in June 1954. Lt Brown began his crew duty in the Strategic Air Command (SAC) as a Flight Engineer in the B-36 "Peacemaker" at Carswell AFB, TX. In 1957 he received upgrade training and began crew duty as a Navigator-Bombardier in the B-47 "Stratojet" at Dyess AFB, TX. In 1962 Captain Brown was selected for crew duty in the world's first supersonic bomber, the B-58 "Hustler", at Grissom AFB, IN. In 1967 Major Brown was selected to be the Maintenance Supervisor I the 305th Avionics & Electronics Maintenance Squadron (AEMS) at Grissom AFB, IN. In 1969 Major Brown was transferred to Kadena AB, Okinawa. He was promoted to Lt Col and named Commander of the 376th Avionics Maintenance Squadron (AMS) in January 1970. In December 1970 his squadron was selected as the "Best AMS in SAC". In 1971 they were selected as runner-up to "Best in SAC". Lt Col Brown was honorably discharged and retired in August 1972. Lt Col Brown accumulated approximately 4,400 hours flying time in a variety of aircraft, mostly bombers. He was able to travel and see most of the world. BJ worked in sales while taking computer courses at night to augment the college degree he earned at the University of Nebraska-Omaha while in the Air Force. He began his computer career as a night time Computer Operator for P&O Falco Oil Co in Bossier City, LA. He then went to Bossier Medical Center as a computer programmer. When he retired in 1992 he was the Data Processing Manager for the Shreveport Housing Authority, Shreveport, LA.

Lt Col Brown was predeceased by his father, mother, and brother Henry. He is survived by his wife Sherie, his daughter Karen, his son Michael and three step-daughters, Chris, Lucy, and Kathy. There are a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was life member of USAA, MOAA, Air Force Assn, DAV, Air Force Navigators/Observers Assn and the B-58 Hustler Assn. He was also a member of the American Legion, Post 52 in Mountain Home, AR, the Mensa Society and the USAF Museum. He served as President of the B-58 Hustler Association from 9/2012 until 9/2015.

BJ and Sherie liked to fish the White River for trout and Lake Norfork for bass and walleye. They also enjoyed playing golf and they traveled quite extensively.

Published in Baxter Bulletin from Dec. 29 to Dec. 31, 2015
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