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Chief Warrant Officer 5 Phillip M. Brashear

Command Chief Warrant Officer

80th Training Command (TASS)

CW5 Phillip Brashear is the son of Carl and Junetta Brashear and was born in Honolulu, HI on 3 July 1962. He is also a 1980 graduate of I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, VA.

Upon graduation from high school, he was given a scholarship to wrestle at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA where he competed for one year. In September 1981, he began his military career by joining the Naval Reserve as a Jet Engine Mechanic and Helicopter Crewman at the Naval Air Station in Norfolk, VA.

July 1983, he began his civilian occupation as a government employee at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, VA. In 1989, Chief Brashear left the Naval Reserve and joined the Virginia Army National Guard in Richmond, VA. After completion of Initial Rotary Wing Training, he became a Warrant Officer Pilot in June of 1991.

Chief Brashear’s flying career involved a 1998 humanitarian mission with his Army National Guard unit in Bolivia, South America. September of 2001, days after the 9/11 attack on the country, he was deployed to Bosnia as part of Task Force Eagle, flying UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters as a Pilot-in-Command. In November of 2005, he was deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom also as a Maintenance Test Pilot. He retired from the Army National Guard in November 2007.

In May of 2009, Chief Brashear returned to the military by joining the Army Reserve as a Rear Detachment Commander for Bravo and Delta Companies of the 5-159th General Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB) located at Fort Eustis, VA. Chief Brashear also served as the 5-159th GSAB as the Battalion Maintenance Officer while maintaining his skills as a CH-47D Helicopter Pilot.

He is a graduate of Bluefield College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management and Development. Chief Brashear is a Master Army Aviator, and he has flown over 2,600 hours in U.S. Army Helicopters.

CW5 Brashear's is a graduate of the Warrant Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Warrant Officer Career College Staff Course, and the Warrant Officer Senior Service Education Course. He attended the Army Life Support Equipment Course, Aviation Maintenance Managers Course, and the UH-60A/L Maintenance Test Pilot Course. His awards include the Army Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, and NATO Medal.

Phillip is currently employed as a DOD civilian of the Defense Logistics Agency in Richmond, VA.

Chief Brashear's wife is a retired (Army Active Duty / Army National Guard / Army Reserve Soldier) and recent retiree from the Virginia Department of Social Services. They reside in Sandston, VA. Together they have four children. Three daughters and one son. Their son is an Army ROTC student at North Carolina A&T University.

Phillip is the third son of the late Master Chief, Master Diver Carl Brashear, the subject of the Hollywood movie, ‘Men of Honor’. Through his father’s legendary American Military Hero status, Phillip has had the opportunity to share his dad’s story on numerous occasions ranging from the staff at the White House and the Pentagon, various military organizations, church functions, museums, youth groups, and various local civic organizations. Phillip has also travelled internationally to represent his famous father. Phillip has represented the Army as well at events like the Essence Music Festival, college and university events, church organizations, and various civic and youth groups for his own extraordinary career as a helicopter pilot.