A Time of Honor
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Phillip Brashear, a U.S. Army Reserve command chief warrant officer for the 80th Training Command, pays respect Jan. 25, 2020, to the site where a warrant officer died during a lighting strike that knocked over a large oak tree at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The tree fell during a brigade-level training exercise in the summer of 2019, killing Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kevin P. Sullivan. Brashear came to Pickett to participate in a foot march along with warrant officer candidates attending the Regional Training Institute on Jan. 25, 2020. 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)