- 25 years old
- Date of birth: Mar 22, 1984
- Date of passing: Sep 12, 2009
|Let the memory of Bryan be with us forever|
SSgt Bryan Berky was born in Tampa, FL on March 22, 1984 and was
raised in Melrose, FL. He joined the Air Force in July 2002 and
graduated from NAVSCOLEOD in July 2004. His assignments included 18
CES Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan and 28 CES Ellsworth AB, Rapid City,
South Dakota. He served on tours to Kuwait in 2004 and to Afghanistan
in 2007 and 2009.
SSgt Berky was killed in action on September 12, 2009 near Bala Baluk,
Afghanistan, of wounds sustained during enemy fire while supporting
SSgt Berky’s awards and decorations include Bronze Star with Valor,
Purple Heart, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation
Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Combat Action Medal,
Meritorious Unit Award with one device, Air Force Outstanding Unit
Award with one device, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense
Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global
War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service
Medal, Air Force Expeditionary Service Medal with Gold Border with one
device, Air Force Longevity Service, United States Air Force
Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon, Air Force Training
Ribbon, NATO Medal, and the Senior EOD Badge.
SSgt Berky will be remembered not only for his dedicated military
career, but also for his vivacious personality and passionate spirit.
All who knew Berky were drawn to his sense of humor, huge smile, and
infectious laughter. A man of many hobbies who loved music, fishing,
rock climbing, and much more, Berky was a family man above all else.
He was devoted husband, a proud father, a loving son, a great brother,
and a loyal friend. Bryan made a huge impact during his 25 years and
will live forever in the hearts of many.
SSgt Berky is survived by his wife Erin Berky, his son Harrison Berky,
his parents Sonya and Bill Berky, and his brother Jeremy Berky.
"Bryan, my brother Ben told me you were his friend. I am joining the army soon. Bless your soul, rest in peace."
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