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Howell Instruments Honors War Hero

This Memorial holiday, Howell Instruments proudly gave back to the military community in a special way, providing wounded hero and amateur golfer Air Force Staff Sergeant Nicholas Bradley with a once in a lifetime opportunity to play alongside the PGA's best in the Crowne Plaza Invitational Pro-Am Tournament at Colonial.

Barely 30 years old, SSgt. Bradley has experienced nearly a lifetime. He bravely served two tours in Iraq before returning for a third tour to Afghanistan where his life was forever changed. In August of 2008, while on a Protective Services Mission outside the wire, SSgt. Bradley's vehicle was struck by a 20 lb. Anti-Tank mine Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Though his fellow airman was killed on impact, he survived the attack with extensive injuries, breaking every bone in his face, right arm and right foot, dislocating his hip in two places, and losing two fingers. Despite a bleak prognosis, Nick drew upon inspiration from his daughter, an indomitable positive attitude, and newfound passion for golf as a form of rehabilitation and return to normalcy.

Howell CEO, Arthur "Shep" Brown, says, "Our company has been in business over 60 years with all branches of the military and I thought the Colonial Pro-Am was an excellent opportunity for us to give back to the military community. Our founder, John Howell, was a decorated WWII pilot, and avid amateur golfer, and we haveve participated the Colonial Pro-Am since the 1960's. We are proud and honored that SSgt. Nick Bradley represented Howell this year."

On the bright and breezy afternoon of May 22nd, members of Howell's executive team Shep Brown, Scott Worrell, and John Shipman were on hand to show support as Nick teed-off with PGA golfer Scott Piercy's pro-am team. Howell employee and long-time Colonial Gallery Marshal Harold Allen served as Nick's caddie. Harold commented, "It was a great experience. He wasn't supposed to be able to play golf, but he defied the odds and found a way to do it. It's very inspiring just to be around him." The Piercy team enjoyed playing together and finished with a score of 63.

Shep Brown comments, "This experience is an impactful reminder that our work at Howell helps to make our soldiers safer as they defend our country. Our heart-felt thanks go out to all those who have served and sacrificed, and especially those still on the front lines defending our freedom. We remember."

Staff Sergeant Nicholas Bradley
Staff Sergeant Nicholas Bradley

Nick's truck after the attack
Nick's truck after the attack

VP of Operations John Shipman, Nick Bradley, Harold Allen, and CEO Shep Brown
VP of Operations John Shipman, Nick Bradley, Harold Allen, and CEO Shep Brown

Nick takes a swing
Nick takes a swing

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