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Memorial honors ‘Rangers’ Soldier

By Sgt. Luther Washington | 4TH IBCT PUBLIC AFFAIRS | July 11, 2014

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 One” Soldier.

“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 Berry.

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