QCHS grad celebrates Air Force promotion on home turf

For one of the biggest days of his life, his Air Force pro­mo­tion cer­e­mo­ny, Lucas Brommer chose to share the moment with his fam­i­ly and friends in his home­town — Quakertown.

A 2003 grad­u­ate of Quakertown Community High School, Maj. Brommer became Lt. Col. Brommer in an event at the Quakertown Train Station on Friday, April 29.

I chose to pro­mote in Quakertown in appre­ci­a­tion for my fam­i­ly and the Quakertown com­mu­ni­ty that opened doors to many oppor­tu­ni­ties in my life,” he said. “My for­ma­tive years in Quakertown pre­pared me to lead as an offi­cer in the United States Air Force. It’s been a great adven­ture, and I’m tru­ly hap­py we were able to cel­e­brate this mile­stone with friends and fam­i­ly where it all began.”

Chief of Cadre Training and Development at Headquarters Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, AL, the Lieutenant Colonel was joined at the cer­e­mo­ny by his wife Madison, son Augustine (Auggie), 3, daugh­ter Mildred (Millie), 2, and daugh­ter Zelie (4 months), his par­ents, George and Wanda Brommer, his in-laws Jerry and Rose, broth­er George and his wife Rebecca. 

Lt. Col. Brommer took the oath to the Constitution of the United States on his grandmother’s Bible, the same one used at his wed­ding to Madison, he said. He told his wife that his pro­mo­tion “is just as much a reflec­tion of you as it is of me.” And to the crowd gath­ered to sup­port him, he said, “I’m stand­ing here because of your love and support.” 

Navy Commander Johann Guzman, who flew in from Hawaii, presided over the cer­e­mo­ny, said Quakertown was “cen­tral to (Brommer’s) jour­ney” and helped devel­op a “young man respect­ful, hum­ble and of deep faith. I can think of no bet­ter per­son to lead the next generation.”

The cer­e­mo­ny cer­tain­ly had a school dis­trict pres­ence that includ­ed his school coun­selor, Ray Fox, as Master of Ceremonies, his sixth-grade teacher Carol Reitz, and Superintendent Dr. Bill Harner, a grad­u­ate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with 20 years of active duty ser­vice in the U.S. Army.

He could have held this gath­er­ing any­where but chose to come home to this spe­cial place,” Dr. Harner said. “This is a very tight-knit com­mu­ni­ty and peo­ple here care about one anoth­er. And you see it every day in our schools and the rela­tion­ships that are built in the class­rooms and ath­let­ic fields between our teach­ers, coach­es, and stu­dents. You could feel the warmth in the room for the Lieutenant Colonel. It’s an hon­or to be here.”

Mr. Fox said he was “hon­ored” when then-Maj. Brommer asked him to be the MC. “He’s quite a per­son. Always very mature and con­cerned about oth­ers,” Mr. Fox said.

Mrs. Reitz, a friend of the Brommer fam­i­ly, recalled her stu­dent at Strayer Middle School. “He was the sweet­est lit­tle guy ever,” she said. “He was a leader among his peers.”

As a QCHS stu­dent, Lucas grad­u­at­ed in the top three of the class aca­d­e­m­i­cal­ly, and served as the Quakertown National Honor Society President and Class of 2003 Treasurer. 

Andrew Boquist, his Advanced Placement Government teacher, was Class Advisor when Lucas was Treasurer. “He was mature beyond his years,” Mr. Boquist said. “You could count on him for every­thing. You knew it would be tak­en care of, done right, and done on time. He was reg­i­ment­ed and depend­able, which are qual­i­ties you want in the military.

He was always the voice of rea­son. There are always dif­fer­ent ideas in class and he could always see things from mul­ti­ple per­spec­tives. He was a deep thinker and ana­lyzed every­thing. He didn’t speak a lot, but when he did he com­mand­ed the room. it was like ‘all right, this is going to be good.’ “