Shee­han, Brian Thomas

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Air Force Of­fi­cer, Lob­by­ist

Brian T. Shee­han passed away on Jan­uary 8, 2019 in Naples, Florida. He was 84 years old.

Born is Hawaii, Brian grew up in San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia, where he grad­u­ated from Gross­mont High School, and earned an Air Force ROTC schol­ar­ship to the Uni­ver­sity of Mi­ami. While at Mi­ami, he edited the Uni­ver­sity’s weekly news­pa­per, monthly mag­a­zine, and wrote sports pub­lic­ity for the Mi­ami Her­ald—as well as be­ing a mem­ber of the Sigma Chi fra­ter­nity.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in jour­nal­ism, Brian al­ways made time to fur­ther his ed­u­ca­tion and re­ceived mas­ter’s de­grees from both Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity and Troy State Uni­ver­sity while also grad­u­at­ing from the Air Force’s com­mand and sta col­lege, Air War Col­lege, State Depart­ment for­eign ser­vice in­sti­tute, and the U.S. Marine Corps Atomic bi­o­log­i­cal and chem­i­cal war­fare school.

Com­mis­sioned as an o cer fol­low­ing his un­der­grad­u­ate years Brian served as a pub­lic a airs o cer in the Air Force which in­cluded serv­ing the 313st Air Di­vi­sion in Ok­i­nawa, the 7th/13th Air Force at Udorn, Thai­land, the Paci c Air Forces in Honolulu, Hawaii, and ended his Air Force ca­reer as the Deputy Com­man­der of the Amer­i­can Forces Press Ser­vice in the DoD at the Pen­tagon.

High­lights of Brian’s Air Force ca­reer in­cluded be­ing a part of the Amer­i­can team in­volved in bring­ing home the rst two POW’s re­leased by the North Viet­namese through Vi­eti­enne, Laos; writ­ing a signi cant num­ber of state­ments, speeches and tes­ti­mony for Sec­re­taries of De­fense, Joint Chiefs of Sta and Pres­i­dents of the United States; and serv­ing as ed­i­tor-inchief of “Com­man­ders Digest” mag­a­zine. Brian was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his Viet­nam ser­vice.

Re­tir­ing af­ter 20 years of ser­vice, the same propen­sity for al­ways grow­ing and learn­ing that had served him so well in the Air Force be­came a trade­mark of his post mil­i­tary ca­reer as he tran­si­tioned from pub­lic a airs, to Con­gres­sional Re­la­tions, to pub­lisher and busi­ness owner—of­ten do­ing more than one si­mul­ta­ne­ously. Some high­lights in­clude serv­ing as Pub­lic A airs Di­rec­tor of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Coun­ties, the Deputy Di­rec­tor of Con­gres­sional Re­la­tions for the Raytheon Com­pany, Vice Pres­i­dent of Washington Op­er­a­tions for BEl De­fense Elec­tronic Sys­tems, pub­lisher of Washington Na­tional News Re­ports and Washington Capi­tol News Re­ports, and owner of his own leg­isla­tive rms “Washington De­fense Mar­ket­ing LLC” and “Na­tional De­fense Mar­ket­ing LLC—where his clients in­cluded many of the na­tion’s largest de­fense con­trac­tors.

Al­ways a vo­ra­cious reader, Brian par­tic­u­larly loved pol­i­tics and his­tory and al­ways loved dis­cussing new ideas. As he slowed down (one could ar­gue he never re­ally re­tired), he loved to travel the world with his wife and fam­ily.

Brian is sur­vived by his wife of 58 years, Donna, and three sons--David (Mar­cia) of Fair­fax, Vir­ginia; Je rey of Boise, Idaho; and Scott (Cece) of Broom eld, Colorado. He is also sur­vived by nine grand­chil­dren and four great grand­chil­dren.

The fam­ily has re­quested that con­tri­bu­tions in lieu of ow­ers be sent to the Wounded War­rior project and Shriners Hospi­tal for Chil­dren in Philadel­phia, Pa. Burial is sched­uled for Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery. Ser­vices will be held Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 28, 2019 at the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel lo­cated ad­ja­cent to Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery. The ser­vice will be­gin at 3:00 PM.

On­line con­do­lences and fond mem­o­ries may be o ered to the fam­ily at www. mon­eyand­king.com.

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