Let the memory of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan be with us forever
  • 31 years old
  • Born on October 16, 1979 .
  • Passed away on August 6, 2011 .

Bryan Nichols, age 31, of Hays, Kansas.; assigned to 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation. Battalion), U.S. Army Reserve, New Century, Kan.; died Aug. 6 at COP Sayed Abad, Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter in which he was riding was shot down

Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan Nichols, 31, a pilot from Kansas City, Mo., was eager to get back to flying after a stint handling paperwork as a unit administrator.

So when the word went out that people were needed to train for a mobilization, Nichols volunteered.

Nichols was one of three of the crew members aboard the downed Chinook from the same Army reserve unit — Bravo Company, 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, based at Gardner, Kan. — killed Aug. 6 when a Chinook helicopter went down in Afghanistan, killing 30 U.S. troops.

Lt. Col. Richard Sherman, former commander of Nichols’ unit, said one of his favorite memories is flying a pace car with Nichols to Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

“My happiest and saddest memories are now tied to him,” said Sherman, who was in command and working as an instructional pilot when Nichols joined his unit.

“He had no enemies. He was one everyone wanted to be around. You just liked flying with him because you knew he was going to improve as a young pilot and get better every time you flew with him.”

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan Nichols was among 30 U.S. troops killed Aug. 6 in the crash of the CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

The 31-year-old pilot grew up in Hays and graduated from Thomas More Prep-Marian High School. The Hays Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/qBYH7 ) the funeral will be held Friday morning in the school's fieldhouse.

Nichols and his family lived in Kansas City, Mo. He served with the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment based at the New Century AirCenter in Gardner, Kan.

Two other reservists from the unit — 23-year-old Spc. Alexander Bennett, of Overland Park, and 21-year-old Spc. Spencer Duncan, of Olathe — also died in the crash.

HAYS, Kan. — An Army pilot who died when his helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan is being honored with highway signs in his northwest Kansas hometown.

State officials and relatives of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan Nichols were on hand for Wednesday’s unveiling of the signs in Hays.

All Medals Received
Purple Heart 
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service
Army Commendation
Army Achievement-2nd award
Army Reserve Components Achievement
National Defense Service
Kosovo Campaign with Bronze Service Star
Afghanistan Campaign with Bronze Service Star
Iraq Campaign with Bronze Service Star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary
Global War on Terrorism Service
Armed Force Reserve with Mobilized Device-4th award
North Atlantic Treaty Organization

All Awards Received
Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development
Army Service
Overseas Service with Numeral 3
Army Reserve Components Overseas Training

Combat Action Badge
Basic Army Aviator Badge
Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge Expert with Rifle Bar
Overseas Service Bar

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