By Sgt. April York
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
ARGHANDAB, Afghanistan — The “Warhorse” Brigade mourned the loss of one of its Soldiers, Staff Sgt. Daniel Joseph Brown, during a March 30 memorial ceremony at Combat Outpost Terra Nova in the Arghandab district of Kandahar province, March 30.
“Daniel is the type of person we will talk about for years to come,” said Lt. Col. Michael Simmering, commander, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. “He is the type of human being we all hope we can be.”
Brown, an armor crewman, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd BCT, died of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated during a dismounted patrol March 24.
Brown’s positive attitude inspired everyone around him, said Sgt. Adam Scott, armor crewman, Company D.
“Sgt. Brown was rarely found without a smile on his face,” said Scott. “He will never be forgotten, and his unmistakable laugh will forever fill our hearts.”
Brown, a 27-year-old native of Twin Falls, Idaho, enlisted in the Army in July 2003. He graduated basic training and advanced individual training as an armor crewman at Fort Knox, Ky.
His first duty assignment was with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, then stationed at Fort Carson. In 2005, he deployed with his troop in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Brown deployed to Afghanistan in May 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
“If I had the chance to talk to him one more time, I would make sure he knew how much of a positive influence he was on me and the rest of his Soldiers,” said Spc. Joel Wickman, armor crewman, Company D. “Sgt. Brown was truly a selfless leader and he took his role as a leader very seriously.”
Wickman said Brown always took the time to coach, mentor and encourage his Soldiers to improve themselves.
“We lost one of our most valuable teammates, but the rest of the team is still here,” said Capt. Zachary Disbrow, commander, Company D. “This team is not made up of squads and platoons; it is much more than that. ‘Team Dragoon’ lies in all its Soldiers and their Family members.”
Disbrow said Brown’s wife, Jordan Brown, and their twin daughters, Marlee and Mattie, will always be a part of Team Dragoon.
“I can only extend my deepest condolences for their loss and my utmost gratitude for sharing such a man with us,” he said.
Brown was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, NATO Medal and Combat Action Badge.
His other awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal with one bronze knot device, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two bronze service stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with two bronze service stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 3, and Driver and Mechanic Badge.