A Time of Honor
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Phillip Brashear (right), a U.S. Army Reserve command chief warrant officer for the 80th Training Command, poses for a portrait with his son Tyler Brashear, an ROTC cadet at North Carolina A&T State University, while holding a photo of his father in Greensboro, North Carolina, Jan. 16, 2020. Phillip Brashear is a helicopter pilot with combat experience and the son of Carl Brashear, the first African-American master diver in U.S. Navy’s history who lost his leg during a tragic accident on a diver mission off the coast of Spain in 1966. Carl Brashear’s life story about overcoming physical and racial adversity was featured in the Hollywood film “Men of Honor” starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Robert De Niro. Phillip Brashear has more than 38 years of military service between the U.S. Navy Reserve, the U.S. Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve. He spent the majority of his Army career as a helicopter pilot with deployments to Bosnia and Iraq. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Master Sgt. Michel Sauret)