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CWO 4 Brent Scott Cole

cole-brentBirth: August 12, 1970 in Morgantown
Died: May 22, 2009 in Afghanistan

Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Brent Cole of Linden, North Carolina and Reedsville, West Virginia graduated from West Preston High School in 1988. In the Army he graduated from the Aviation Warrant Officer Basic Course at Fort Rucker, Alabama in 1998, and attended the AH-64 Apache Qualification Course. Brent served as an AH-64D Instructor Pilot and Safety Officer. As a military officer, he was a consummate professional who always led by example and was revered by his peers and leaders alike. Brent was deployed three times while serving the United States Army. He was an exceptional Army Aviation professional who died doing what he loved, flying Apache helicopters while answering his nation’s call to duty. His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Air Medal with Valor, the Air Medal 2nd device, the Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Presidential Unit Citation Award, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Valorous Unit Award, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Ribbon 2nd device, the NATO Medal, the Multinational Force and Observers Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist’s Badge, the Driver’s Badge and the Senior Army Aviator Badge. Brent was killed in a helicopter incident while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Brent was an AH-64 Longbow Apache helicopter pilot.
Company C
1st Battalion
82nd Combat Aviation Brigade
82nd Airborne Division
Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Burial is at Masontown Cemetery in Preston, West Virginia

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