Travis Brown

Travis Brown

– February 16th, 2022

Technical Sergeant Travis L. Brown, 37, of Hinton, West Virginia, tragically lost his battle with PTSD and took his own life on February 16, 2022.

Travis was a compassionate, skilled, and daring young man. He graduated from Chancellor High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia. In December 2003, at 19, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and embarked on the challenging Pararescue training program. In October 2006, he proudly earned the coveted maroon beret.

 While on active duty, Travis was stationed at the 38th Rescue Squadron at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Georgia, from October 2007 to 2009. Afterward, he served with the 31st Rescue Squadron in Okinawa, Japan until November 2010. In 2010, he joined the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron in Louisville, KY. Travis’s list of deployments includes multiple deployments to Africa, Afghanistan, and several other OGA deployments worldwide.

Travis Brown was more than just a highly respected Pararescueman. He was a dynamic individual, a modern Renaissance man. He was intelligent, humble, deeply reflective, a musician, a fighter, painfully charismatic, a loyal friend, and a talented PJ with great hair. Women adored him, and men wanted to be like him. He was the life of every party, the one who could always make you laugh even in the toughest of times. His love for music and his guitar was infectious, and his courage on the battlefield was unmatched. He was a true hero, not just in his service, but in his everyday life.

Brown’s military education includes, but is not limited to, the Combat Diver Qualification Course, Basic Airborne Course, SERE, Military Free Fall School, NREMT-P, Advanced Tactical Practitioner, Senior Mountaineer, Advanced Special Operations Techniques (ASOT II), Jumpmaster, Dive Supervisor, and Rescue Team Leader.

Travis leaves behind a void that can never be filled. He is survived by his loving Mother, Della Knight, and step-father, Kevin Thompson, of Fredericksburg, Virginia; his Father, Kurt Brown; his brother, Taylor Brown, of Louisville; his sister, Sarah Pulley of Nashville, Tennessee; and his dear, special friend, Emily Vest, of Louisville, who is also the mother to their dog, Drover.  His absence is deeply felt by his numerous other close friends and colleagues. Travis liked to start every morning with the question, “What are you going to accomplish today?”  Sadly, we will no longer hear his sweet voice encouraging us to do better.  

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