Afghanistan veteran to be honored for service
For his service and sacrifice to his country and the U.S. Army, 1st Lt. Brian Brennan, Citadel Class of 2006, will be inducted into the Arland D. Williams Society during Homecoming activities Friday and Saturday at The Citadel.
The Arland D. Williams Society was created in 2000 to recognize Citadel graduates who have distinguished themselves through community service, heroism and bravery in their lives. The society is named for Arland D. Williams, Citadel Class of 1957, who died on Jan. 13, 1982 in the icy waters of the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. Williams is credited with saving five fellow passengers aboard Air Florida Flight 90 after it crashed into the 14th Street Bridge. Rather than take a life ring to save himself, he passed it on to five fellow passengers. He drowned before he could be rescued.
This year The Citadel Alumni Association wanted to honor a veteran because Homecoming falls so close to the Nov. 11 celebration of Veterans Day. Brennan is the 18th inductee.
“We are proud to honor Brian’s service and that of all Citadel alumni killed or wounded in action throughout history,” said Mike Rogers, director of The Citadel Alumni Association. “Brian represents the best in all of us by his example of bravery, loyalty, and perseverance.”
Brennan is a member of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division and was deployed to Afghanistan as a platoon leader with the 506th Infantry Regiment. In May 2008, he was the officer in charge of a convoy when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. The resulting explosion killed three of his soldiers and severely wounded him and his driver. Brennan lost both legs and has been undergoing rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Hospital.
Homecoming runs through Sunday, Nov. 16. While on campus Brennan will visit Tango Company where he was company commander his senior year and attend Saturday’s military dress parade. He also will conduct the coin toss at the start of the Bulldogs vs. University of Tennessee Chattanooga football game.