CNN has picked up and made a feature article about CWO Bryan Nichols and the events unfolded. [ LINK ]
Recently a young boy named Braydon Nichols sent a photograph of his father to CNN iReport and wrote the following:
My father was one of the 30 US Soldiers killed in Afghanistan yesterday with the Seals rescue mission. My father was the pilot of the chinook. I have seen other pictures of victims from this deadly mission and wish you would include a picture of my father. He is the farthest to the left.
Braydon Nichols, 10 yrs old
Kansas City, MO
Braydon Nichols father, CWO Bryan Nichols, was one of the 30 soldiers killed recently when their chinook helicopter was shot down by insurgents in Afghanistan. The media focused on the special forces aboard as they were members of SEAL TEAM SIX, the unit that captured Usama Bin Liden although they were not necessary the same soldiers involved in those operations. CWO Bryan Nichols was a pilot of the chinook and has been overlooked in the media covering the incident.
Soldiers volunteer for the service. We do not do it for the glory, recognition or reward. This incident is a stark reminder to the american people that the conflicts are still continuing on an ongoing basis overseas. Men and women of all branches of the service are losing their lives on a daily basis. The price they have paid, the wounded and those who made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives truly leaves a debt we can never repay.
Braydon Nicholas father deserves any recognition we can give to honor him and his sacrifice for this nation. Not just CWO Bryan Nichols but every fallen soldier and every wounded hero.
-SSG (RET) Scott Cameron
Co-Founder, Operation Ward 57