Saunya Bright, who has family ties to Fayetteville-Lincoln County and spent summers here, was recently promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force at Nellis AFB in Nevada.

She completed high school in Montgomery, Ala., and graduated from Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala., with a degree in food and nutritional science. Bright is a registered dietitian and a board certified sports specialist dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She earned a masters degree in public administration, health care emphasis, from Troy University, Troy Ala., (Atlantic Region) a master of business administration and a master of science, institutional administration, from Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas. 

Bright served overseas at Balad Air Base, Iraq, and at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom.  A dietitian by training, Bright has worked in and out of the field of dietetics during her Air Force career. While stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala., she served as director of operations, 23rd Training Squadron, Officer Training School.

At Nellis AFB, she worked in the base commander’s office as Chief, Commander’s Action Group, 99th Medical Support Squadron and Director of Staff, 99th Air Base Wing. As Director of Staff at 99th Air Base Wing, she supported the installation command authority for Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases and the Nevada Test and Training Range. She orchestrated daily information flow for three Groups and 15 Squadrons that provided installation support for operation testing, tactic development and advanced training in Air, Space and Cyberspace, as well as global Remotely Piloted Aircraft operations supporting five Combatant Commands.

Bright is currently serving as Chief, Health Promotion Nutrition Medical Operations and Research and Operations Officer for the Associate Corps Chief of Dietetics for the Air Force Surgeon General, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Falls Church, Va. As Chief, Health Promotion Nutrition, Bright is responsible for executing nutrition policy in support of 44,000 personnel and 76 medical treatment facilities. She also provides health promotion strategic guidance for the Air Force Medical Service (AFMS) translating the Air Force Surgeon General’s vision into initiatives.

As the Operations Officer for the Associate Corps Chief of Dietetics, she is responsible for nutrition and dietetics programs delivered by more than 290 personnel across 76 medical treatment facilities.

Bright is married to Christopher Howard. They have three children, Timothy, John and Grace. Bright is the daughter of Janice Hardy, a Fayetteville native who currently resides in Montgomery, Ala., and the late John L. Hardy, a Petersburg native.

Bright is proud of her Tennessee roots as she enjoyed spending summers in Fayetteville with her late grandparents, Oliver and Sue Bryson, her aunts, Peggy Dance and Doris Eddings and their families, and her uncle, Lemard Hardy.

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