He died stateside of wounds that he received November 12, 2016 in a suicide bombing at the Bagram air base in Afghanistan. Two other 1st Cavalry Division soldiers and two American contractors were killed in the blast.
He entered the US Army in 1988 as a petroleum supply specialist. He transferred into the US Army Reserves in 1990. In late 2000, he reclassified to a mobile subscriber equipment network switching systems operator. And, then, in 2007, he reenlisted into the active component as an information technology specialist. He was assigned to Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, out of Fort Hood, TX, and was on his sixth deployment. His previous deployments include: in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from August 2006 to August 2007, November 2008 to October 2009, and December 2010 to December 2011; in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from July 2014 to September 2014; and in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel from September to November 2016. His military decorations and awards include: Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct Medals, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medals, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraqi Campaign Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbons, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and NATO medal. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor.
He was predeceased by a brother, Michael Brown. He was survived by his wife; mother and father; and two siblings.
Visitation was held at the Hines Rinaldi Funeral Home, Silver Spring, MD on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. Funeral service was held on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Good Hope Union United Methodist Church, Silver Spring, MD, followed by interment the same day.
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