Honoring Major Bryan Whittierby Representative John R. Carter
Posted on 2015-12-08
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Mr. CARTER of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Major Bryan
Whittier of the United States Army for his extraordinary dedication to
duty and service to the Nation. After nearly four years of faithful
service in the Nation's capital, Major Whittier will transition from
his present assignment as an Army Liaison in the Office of the Chief
Legislative Liaison to the Army's 2nd Scout Cavalry Regiment in
Major Whittier has demonstrated the invaluable service that Army Congressional Liaisons provide to the Congress. He enabled countless Members and staff to develop better understandings of Army policies, operations, and requirements. His first-hand knowledge of military needs, culture, and tradition was a tremendous benefit to Congressional offices. Prior to service as a Liaison, Major Whittier was assigned to my office as a Military Fellow where he quickly became an indispensable asset to our team. His performance was superb and he earned my utmost respect during his tenure on my staff. Major Whittier also completed a Master's Degree from George Washington University during his time here, demonstrating his commitment as a Warrior and a Scholar.
Major Whittier is a native of Scottsdale, Arizona; he commissioned through Norwich University ROTC in 2003. During his twelve year active duty Army career, he has excelled in numerous leadership and staff assignments as an Officer and UH-60 Blackhawk aviator. Major Whittier served as a Rear Detachment Commander and as an Assault Company Commander for 36 months in the 101st Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, KY. From there, he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom for twelve months. Prior to command, Major Whittier successfully executed duties as a Battalion Operations Officer, Battalion Adjutant, Company Executive Officer, and Platoon Leader, during which time he conducted a twelve month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
His dedication to excellence has not gone unnoticed. Major Whittier was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Medal, and numerous others. He has earned the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, Army Senior Aviator Badge, Combat Action Badge and the Army Staff Badge.
Mr. Speaker, it is my distinct honor to recognize the selfless service of Major Bryan Whittier and the support and dedication of his wife Shelley and their two children, Bryley and William. I wish them the very best as they continue their service to our great nation and proceed to the next chapter in their lives.