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- Operation Enduring Freedom
- Operation Freedom’s Sentinel
- Operation Inherent Resolve
- Operation Iraqi Freedom
- Operation New Dawn
- Operation Octave Shield
- Operation Odyssey Lightning
- Operation Spartan Shield
- U.S. Africa Command Operations
- U.S. Central Command operations
- The People Behind The Sacrifice
Army Spc. Adam N. Brewer
Died February 25, 2005 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
22, of Dewey, Okla.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas; killed Feb. 25 when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was on dismounted patrol in Taji, Iraq. Also killed were Spc. Jason L. Moski and Pfc. Colby M. Farnan.
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Slain soldier just weeks from coming home
OKLAHOMA CITY — The fact that Adam Noel Brewer was just weeks away from finishing a second tour of duty in Iraq and returning to Oklahoma made his death even harder for family members to take.
The Bartlesville man and two other U.S. soldiers died Friday when a land mine detonated while they were on patrol in Taji, Iraq, officials said.
Brewer, 22, chatted online with his 19-year-old sister, Jennifer Sullivan, just three days before his death, saying he’d be home soon, his mother, Karen Brewer, said.
“When I got the phone call, it was so close to him coming back,” his father, Jeffrey Brewer, said. “It just devastated me.”
Jeffrey Brewer said the last time he spoke with his son, Adam Brewer mentioned a recent incident in which a homemade bomb had gone off nearby and injured a fellow soldier.
“He told me he hopes he makes it home, and that he loves me,” Jeffrey Brewer said.
Brewer was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, based at Fort Hood, Texas. Karen Brewer said her son was happy to be part of the 7th Cavalry unit, but not happy to return to Iraq.
He also hoped to become a police officer, she said.
Adam Brewer graduated from Bartlesville High School in 2000 and joined the military shortly thereafter.
“He wanted to serve his country, and he served it all the way,” Karen Brewer said.
Adam Brewer is survived by his father and mother, sister, a nephew, stepmother and grandmother. Brewer was in the process of getting a divorce.
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Oklahoma soldier killed in Iraq laid to rest
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — An Oklahoma soldier killed in Iraq made life better for the people there, his family and friends were told.
Army Spc. Adam Noel Brewer, 22, “was proud to serve his country, proud when Baghdad fell and proud when victory was declared,” said the Rev. Rod MacIlvaine, who presided over Brewer’s funeral at Grace Community Church on Monday.
Brewer was killed Feb. 25 near Taji, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was on patrol. Brewer, who was based at Fort Hood, Texas, was serving a second tour in Iraq and was scheduled to return home this month.
“You looked forward to his return, and you were shocked when you heard the news of his death,” MacIlvaine told about 350 in attendance. “I know his passing has been hard. But for the rest of your life, whenever you see his picture or mention his name, you can be proud.
“He was proud for what he did.”
Brewer was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment. He joined the Army after graduating from Bartlesville High School in 2001 and was married in December of that year, MacIlvaine said.
“He was a boy who left to join the Army, and the Army made him a man,” MacIlvaine said.
After being stationed in Germany, Brewer “was part of the original invasion that began in March 2003 in Iraq,” the pastor said.
John Brewer, an uncle, said Adam was a hyper kid, just like his father, Jeffrey Brewer.
“My heart just aches for Karen and Jeff,” John Brewer said. “It just doesn’t seem right that Adam had to leave so soon.”
Besides his wife, Molly, of Bartlesville, Brewer is survived by his mother, Karen Brewer of Tulsa; his father, Jeffrey and stepmother, Debi, of Bartlesville; and a sister, Jennifer Sullivan of Tulsa.
The soldier’s legacy, MacIlvaine said, will be that “not only did he defend our country but he defended the values of freedom that we hold so dear.
“It is soldiers like Adam who have made life so much better for those who have been liberated.”
— Associated Press