A Time of Honor
Phillip Brashear, a weapons system manager for the Defense Logistics Agency and a U.S. Army Reserve warrant officer, poses next to a picture of him with a CH-47D Chinook helicopter he flew for the Army, at his job in Richmond, Virginia, Jan. 23, 2020. Phillip Brasher is 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)