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NEWS | June 14, 2016

Army Reserve soldier killed in Orlando attack

By Sgt. 1st Class Anthony L Taylor 85th Support Command

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – Army Reserve Capt. Antonio D. Brown, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 383rd Regiment, 4th Cavalry Brigade, 85th Support Command based in St. Louis, Missouri, was killed in the Pulse nightclub attack at 2:00 a.m. in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016.

Capt. Antonio Davon Brown, 30, with his home of record listed as Orlando, Florida, graduated from Florida (A&M) Agricultural and Mechanical University with his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice; he was commissioned as a second lieutenant on August 8, 2008. In 2010, he received his Master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Mary, North Dakota.

Following his commission, Brown was assigned to the 642nd Combat Support Group located in Decatur, Georgia. In May 2009, he served on active duty with the 1st Special Troop Battalion, Fort Riley, Kansas; during his assignment with the 1STB, he served on an 11-month overseas deployment to Kuwait.

He was promoted to captain on March 6, 2012 and was re-assigned to the 642nd Combat Support Group in May 2012. He transferred to the 2nd battalion, 350th Regiment at Camp Blanding, Florida in August 2012. November 11, 2013 he was assigned to the 3-383rd, 85th Support Command as an Observer-Controller/Trainer Platoon Leader. Brown served as a Troop Program Unit soldier.

Brown’s awards and decorations include a Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, two Army Reserve Component Achievement Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M-Device and the Army Service Ribbon.

The Army Reserve and 85th Support Command family express great sadness in learning of the death of Capt. Brown, and grieve with his family and friends. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this incredibly difficult time. He was a valuable member of our team and will be greatly missed.

Lt. Col. Kevin Dasher, commander of the 3-383rd, also expressed his sympathy for Capt. Brown.

“Captain Tony Brown was a loyal and dutiful United States Army Reserve officer whom truly cared about the Soldiers in his charge. In his career with the 3-383rd, he faced any and all challenges with a smile on his face, and an unwavering spirit that everyone in our unit cherished. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with his family in this time of tragedy.