A Time of Honor
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Phillip Brashear, a U.S. Army Reserve command chief warrant officer for the 80th Training Command, cheers on Alexander Matte, a warrant officer candidate attending the Regional Training Institute as they approach the finish line of a foot march at Fort Pickett, Virginia, 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)