BARKSDALE AFB, LA (KSLA) - A Barksdale Air Force Base Airman was killed on Thursday while serving in Afghanistan.
According to a forum on militarytimes.com, 23-year-old Bryan Bell was one of three Air Force EOD technicians killed in action by an improvised explosive device (IED) while conducting patrols in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Senior Airman Bryan Bell, 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordinance Disposal, was a member of an elite 'Explosive Ordnance Division' (Bomb Squad) based at Barksdale.
While the U.S. Department of Defense has not yet confirmed Bell's death, his parents tell KSLA News 12 they were notified of their son's death on Thursday. Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Bell joined the Air Force in April of 2007 and got his bomb disposal training at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida before being assigned to Barksdale.
The Erie native was featured in a March 2010 profile in the Erie-Times News, after Associated Press photos of him at work in Iraq appeared in newspapers across the United States.
He married his wife, Alaina in August of 2008 and would have turned 24 next month. Bell also attended Louisiana Tech.
Bryan's remains are expected to arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware about 11:30 EST.