St. Amant native wins military volunteer medal _lowres

Maj. Brett Bonin

Maj. Brett Bonin, a Cyber Command and Control Mission System senior duty officer assigned to the 854th Combat Operations Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, recently became a three-time winner of the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal with nearly 2,000 volunteer hours.

Bonin, a St. Amant native, has volunteered more than 321 hours over the past year in a number of community volunteer leadership roles, said Col. Mark Melcher, 854th COS commander.

Bonin served in the U.S. Army until 2004, where he was assigned to the Army Corps of Engineers and led responses to numerous floods and hurricanes.

After Hurricane Katrina, in which Bonin and his wife became evacuees, he signed up to volunteer with the Catholic Charities Refugee Services, American Red Cross, Community Emergency Response Team in Dallas, Habitat for Humanity and Good Samaritans. After three years of volunteer leadership, he joined the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 2009 and has continued to volunteer and serve as a traditional reservist.

As a civilian, Bonin is a global security officer for Hewlett-Packard.