In observance of Veterans Day, Ryan Haley interviews one of Atlantic Shores’ favorite clients, Retired Brigadier General Bob Brady, to get a quick glimpse of his experience in the armed forces.
Dr. Brady, who retired 25 years ago, enjoyed a successful time serving in the U.S. Army for 30 years.
Dr. Brady’s Military Days
Dr. Brady first started as a practicing dentist in the Army, stationed at Fort Rucker, Alabama, known as the home of Army Aviation. Having enjoyed the time he spent working with people from all over the country, Dr. Brady made the decision to stay in the military and get trained in a residency that he wanted.
After joining the regular army, he volunteered in Vietnam, then headed back to Fort Sam, Houston, where he took up his residency to specialize in prosthodontics.
His work saw him moving from Fort Lewis in Tacoma, WA, to Germany where he was selected as commander at the Lieutenant Colonel level before being promoted to Colonel. He came back to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC to direct a prosthodontics residency program. He later moved on to the Pentagon, and then at a senior service college in the capital.
Dr. Brady’s move to Fort Bragg, North Carolina was readily welcomed as this is the home of the 82nd Airborne Division. Since he was the brigade dentist to the 3rd brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division deployed to Vietnam, he wore the 82nd airborne patch on his sleeves forever. He recalled it to be the biggest dental activity in the army.
Before retiring in 1995, Dr. Brady moved from Walter Reed in Washington D.C. and then to Fort Sam in Texas to replace the Brigadier General after the latter’s unfortunate death.
He witnessed the dissolution of the large organization of the 7th Medical Command as the army’s size decreased in Germany. The combat side was formed as the 38th Medical Brigade where Dr. Brady served as commanding general.
After selling their family home in Washington D.C., Dr. Brady moved to Maryland in a 55-and-better community.
During his retirement, he continued to serve in two dental organizations: the International College of Dentists and the U.S. section of that organization. After his 10-year stint in those organizations, he decided to fully retire and has since been fully retired for 11 years.
Family Life and Military Today
Dr. Brady and his wife, who has been with him ever since, have three daughters and one son, and they have been blessed with 11 grandchildren. Throughout his career, he credits his wife for his success and promotion.
As a veteran who has seen things change throughout the years, Dr. Brady feels that in today’s world, going to college has become a difficult decision for people. The situation now seems to demand that everybody must go to college, losing track of vocational schools. For him, college is a decision that children should make, but parents have to make them make that decision.
Dr. Brady sees the military’s role as being always ready to fight, which is its main contribution. However, in today’s world of a shrinking military, they are being used out of position or as a police force rather than an active-duty fighting force, which is why they want to be out of Afghanistan.
Why Ocean City?
Dr. Brady and his family have enjoyed Ocean City for a long time.
Back in 1980, he knew nothing about Ocean City, and it was only in 1982 when they first visited Ocean City, renting a condo unit in the Braemar Towers where they eventually ended up buying a property.
Dr. Brady’s family bought a Braemar condo unit in 2004 and held on to it until they sold in 2020 with the help of Atlantic Shores Sotheby’s International Realty.
We thank Dr. Brady for his time and his service as we thank those who have served our country.