Brian was an exceptional young man. He was an Eagle Scout, an accomplished athlete, and a mountaineer who had scaled three of the world’s highest summits. He was a triathlete, a marathoner, and also held a commercial pilot’s license. He taught himself to play both the piano and the guitar. He earned an electrical engineering degree from Norwich University, was fluent in French, and was working on his Master’s Degree with coursework at Columbia University, while also learning Russian and planning to become an astronaut.
Brian enlisted in the Navy in 2001, and became a SEAL in 2003. He deployed to Iraq on four occasions, and to Afghanistan four times. He was awarded Four Bronze Star’s, one for Valor, the Joint Service Commendation Medal for Valor, the Purple Heart, and 14 other decorations.