Soldiers from the 1st
Infantry Division and members of the Fort Riley community came together to
honor Spc. Brian Nicholas Berry, an infantryman assigned to Company D, 2nd
Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st
Infantry Division, during a memorial service June 19 at Morris Hill Chapel.
Berry, a native of
Brooklyn, New York, enlisted in the Army in February 2011, and arrived at Fort
Riley in June of that same year. Capt. Adam Cowan, who previously served as Co.
D commander, described Berry as having all of the qualities of a true “Big Red
“It’s my belief that
because of Soldiers and infantrymen like Spc. Berry … those Soldiers that
quietly and selflessly endure 12- and 18-hour days while giving it their all,
that we have and will continue to prevail in every mission,” Cowan said.
Berry was always laughing
and joking – even during stressful times, said Cpl. Claude Bowen, a member of
Berry’s platoon and a close friend since basic training.
“Whether it was walking 12
miles in the blazing heat or field training in the shivering cold, he was always
by my side watching my six,” Bowen said.
Cowan added Berry was not
only a valuable member of the “Ranger” battalion team, but also a trusted
confidant with a playful, good-natured spirit.
“Spc. Berry was a friend
who always had something funny to say, always greeting you with a kind smile
and a strong handshake,” Cowan said. “He was a friend to the end.”
Berry was an amazing
Soldier, Bowen said.
Berry’s military awards and
decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals,
the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star,
the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal
and the Army Service Ribbon.
Berry is survived by his
wife, Shatara, his daughters, Miea and Mya Brielle, and his mother, Novlette