HALIFAX, PA, US
SSG, 131ST TRANS CO, 728TH CS SPT BN, 213TH ASG, WILLIAMSTOWN, PA
07/18/2011, HIGHWAY 1, AFGHANISTAN
Army Staff Sergeant Brian Keith Mowery was killed July 18th, 2011 near Bagram, Afghanistan, when his convoy was attacked while they transported needed supplies. His unit was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. He was part of the 131st Transportation Company of the PA National Guard.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1979-1985, the PA Army National Guard – Kutztown from 2000-2006, PA Army National Guard – Williamstown from 2010 to the present. He was active during the Kosovo Peacekeeping Mission from 2003-2004, Katrina Relief in 2005, and in Afghanistan, since January 2011. He was posthumously promoted to Staff Sergeant and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
Forty-nine year old Brian Mowery was born on December 30, 1961 the son of Harry E. Mowery of Harrisburg and the late Patricia (McGrath) Mowery. He graduated from Central Dauphin High School, class of 1980. Brian was a man who loved his family. He was fun to be around and was quite a character. He is remembered best for his skill with words and for his honesty.
Two other unit members were also killed in the explosion. Governor Tom Corbett noted that “This tragic incident is a stark reminder of the dangers our troops face on a daily basis for the cause of freedom. We owe them our respect, our support and our gratitude.” Pennsylvania National Guard Leadership noted that Brian Mowery exemplified what it means to be a noncommissioned officer and served as an example to the younger soldiers around him. He demonstrated leadership potential far above his rank and never hesitated to assume responsibility, no matter how big the challenge.
Brian is survived by his wife of 32 years, his two sons, his two daughters, grandchildren, his two brothers, his two sisters, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.