Brady K. Howell
Hometown: Arlington, Va., USA
Occupation: Management intern for chief of intelligence, U.S. Navy
Location: Ground, Pentagon
"Brady had always dreamed of earning a high-level security clearance. He came from Sugar City, Idaho, and he was a big fan of James Bond and Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan. He strived to live his life in a manner consistent with those who are worthy of a nation's trust and was granted his lifelong dream just several weeks before his death. Brady wore his many Pentagon and Navy clearance badges on a bright blue and yellow 1-800-USA-NAVY ribbon. It looked so tacky, and I would say, 'Why not think about getting something more subtle, like a chain' He would respond, 'I worked so hard to get here, and I am proud of what I do.' He wore those clearance badges with a humble dignity, always conscious of the responsibility that accompanied them." Liz Howell, wife
Brady Kay Howell, 26, was a student body president and Eagle Scout back in his native Idaho. As a youth, he was active in sports and took classes in drama, speech and swing choir.
He also had a strong love for government work. In January, after completing a master's degree in public administration at Syracuse University, he came to the Washington area as a presidential management intern doing intelligence work for the chief of naval operations at the Pentagon.
That's where Howell was working when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building.
Family friend Tim Stewart said Howell was enthusiastic about his job, which often involved top-secret work. He was known to tell friends and family that he had done "cool" stuff that day -- and then joke that they lacked the proper clearance to know more.
Howell was a native of Rexburg, Idaho, grew up in Sugar City, Idaho, and was a political science graduate of Utah State University. He and his wife of four years, Elizabeth Anderson Howell, lived in Arlington, where he taught Sunday school in the Crystal City ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He also is survived by his parents, Kenneth Rex Howell and Jeanette Kay Bills Howell of Sugar City; a grandmother, Frances Tennant Bills of Sandy, Utah; three brothers; and a sister.
-- Adam Bernstein
Source: The Washington Post, AP and washingtonpost.com
The profiles in this feature were written in the months following Sept. 11, 2001.
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