Let the memory of Bryan be with us forever
  • 25 years old
  • Born on March 22, 1984 .
  • Passed away on September 12, 2009 .

From DoD 16 Sep 09:

The Department of Defense announced today the death of an airman who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Staff Sgt. Bryan D. Berky, 25, of Melrose, Fla., died Sept. 12 near Bala Baluk, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from enemy fire while supporting combat operations. He was assigned to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.

For further information related to this release, please contact the Ellsworth Air Force Base public affairs office at (605) 385-5056.
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From Ellsworth AFB 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs:

9/14/2009 - ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- Staff Sgt. Bryan D. Berky of Melrose, Fla., died Sept. 12 near Bala Baluk, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from enemy fire while engaged in combat operations. He was assigned to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron, 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Sergeant Berky's family during this difficult time," said Col. Jeffrey Taliaferro, 28th Bomb Wing commander. "This is a grim reminder of the important work hundreds of our Airmen are doing overseas today. With the passing of another peaceful September 11th here in the U.S., we are reminded that the service of Airmen like Bryan Berky is all that protects us from those in the world that would gladly do us harm."

Sergeant Berky is the second Ellsworth Airman who has lost his life in operations in Afghanistan.

Airmen in need of grief counseling may utilize chapel services at (605) 385-1598 or the Airman and Family Readiness Center at (605) 385-4663.

For more information, call 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs at (605) 385-5056 or e-mail 28bw.pa@ellsworth.af.mil. 

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Some wikihistory of 28th Bomb Wing:

Operation Enduring Freedom

"A B-1B Lancer takes off from Ellsworth AFB in front of the control tower and radar.
After the events of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Ellsworth deployed a number of B-1?s in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Aircraft from the 37th BS at Ellsworth AFB joined additional B-1's from the 34th BS at Mountain Home AFB and formed the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron. This squadron, along with other elements from Ellsworth, deployed to Diego Garcia and joined the 28th Air Expeditionary Wing. Their combat mission effectiveness was greater than 95% and they flew 5% of the total strike aircraft missions. They dropped 39% of the total tonnage of bombs, which was more than any other platform. During their deployment the 28th EBS dropped 2,974 JDAMs, 1,471 Mk-82, 135 Mk-84, and 70 CBU-87 bombs. Currently, the 28th Bomb Wing and personnel from Ellsworth Air Force Base continue to be the lead wing for AEF 8, and Ellsworth personnel continue to prepare for ongoing deployments in support of operations around the globe."
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Posted by Michelle Lisle on 15th January 2013
Hello Bryan,I Never met you Bryan But I read your story,So very young and a Lovey looking lad,Rest in peace Bryan your life was short on earth,Lets hope you have a long life in heaven sleep well michelle xxxxx

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