OWENSBORO, KY, US
SPC, CO C, 3RD BN, 21ST INF RGT, 1 SBCT, FORT WAINWRIGHT, AK
08/25/2011, BAZAARE, AFGHANISTAN
Private First Class Brandon S. Mullins, 21, of Owensboro, Kentucky, died August 25, 2011 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. His brigade deployed to Afghanistan in April 2011. Brandon was posthumously promoted to Specialist in the United States Army.
Brandon Mullins, a 2008 graduate of Apollo High School, was an athlete who participated in the hockey and youth football programs. Pfc Mullins enlisted in the Army in 2010, attended basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was immediately stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. According to his mother, Catherine Mullins, Brandon was thrilled to be stationed in an area where he could enjoy hunting, fishing and hockey. He had planned to re-enlist.
The newly christened Brandon Mullins Memorial is located at the entrance of the neighborhood where Mullins parents, Tommy and Cathy live. The memorial is a flag to commemorate the sacrifice of Mullins and veterans. Members of the Patriot Guard rode in support of Brandon and were accompanied by family and friend, as well as city officials and legislature members in their salute to honor him. Fellow service members remember Brandon as someone who took advantage of being in Alaska to explore the outdoors, something not every soldier stationed at Fort Wainwright makes an effort to do. He is also remembered as a radiant presence that easily put those around him in a happier mood.
Brandon Mullins is survived by his father, Thomas; mother, Catherine; brother, Pfc Shaun Erik Mullins; sister, Bethany and many aunts, uncles and cousins.