Brian Bourgeois Biography – Brian Bourgeois Wiki
Brian Bourgeois was a Navy SEAL commander he commander of the US Navy’s SEAL Team 8. He received his commission from the United States Naval Academy in May 2001 and served the Navy and Naval Special Warfare community for over 20 years.
He entered into command of SEAL Team EIGHT after serving as the NSWG-2 Operations Officer. Prior to his return to NSWG-2, he served at USSOCOM in the J8 Directorate. His tour included time in the Maritime and Special Programs Assessments, then finished as the Executive Officer to the J8 Director.
Before his Joint tour at SOCOM he deployed twice as a Troop Commander to the continent of Africa in support of Operation ODYSSEY DAWN and ENDURING FREEDOM, then again as an Executive Officer to lead the transition from SOCCE-HOA to SOCFWD-EA. His Platoon Command time at SEAL Team FOUR included multiple deployments against the Counter Iranian target set in Iraq. From 2002 to 2004 Brian served aboard the USS BLACK HAWK (MHC-58) as a Surface Warfare Officer.
He is a 2001 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and earned a Masters in Defense Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School. During his over 20 years of service, Bourgeois earned several awards and accolades. He earned the Pat Tillman Leadership Award while at NPS. Other military awards include a Bronze Star with ‘V’, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, and a NATO Medal.
Brian Bourgeois Age
A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Bourgeois died on December 7, 2021. He was 43 years old.
Brian Bourgeois Wife
Brian Bourgeois had been married to Megan Kathryn Bourgeois for 20 years. Together they have 5 children.
Commander Brian Bourgeois Family
Brian Bourgeois and his wife Megan Bourgeois are parents to five children — Barrett, 18, Allee, 16, Piper, 13, Callen, 11, and Jonathan, 6 — as well as two dogs Mollee, 8, and Dudley, 2.
Brian Bourgeois Death
Commander Brian Bourgeois died on December 7, 2021 at Norfolk Sentara General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, after sustaining injuries during training on Dec. 4 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the U.S. Navy announced in a statement.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bourgeois family – and we will ensure our community remains in support of and in relationship with Brian’s family and his children, for life,” said Rear Adm. H.W. Howard III, commander, Naval Special Warfare Command. “Brian was one of our very best leaders, who possessed all the attributes that make our force effective. We will miss his charismatic leadership and faithful stewardship of our standard. His legacy carries on in teammates he served with, led, and mentored.”
“We are working with SEAL Team 8 to provide every form of support we possibly can to Brian’s family and teammates,” said Capt. Donald G. Wetherbee, commodore, Naval Special Warfare Group 2. “An incident like this weighs heavily on us all. Brian was as tough as they come, an outstanding leader, and a committed father, husband and friend. This is a great loss to everyone who knew him. He will be greatly missed.”
Naval Special Warfare is committed to supporting Bourgeois’ family and Sailors who lost a teammate during this difficult time.
Brian Bourgeois Navy Seal Accident
The details of the tragic accident are currently under investigation and findings will be made available at the appropriate time. Initial indications show that the tragedy occurred during a fast-rope training evolution.
The technique is often used by SEAL teams when they descend from a hovering helicopter to the ground, per WAVY-TV. Using a 1.57-inch rope, military members slide 15-40 feet down to the ground, keeping a gap of approximately 10 feet between each person, according to the outlet. Though it is quicker than rappelling, fast-rope training is considered more challenging because the SEAL teams are often carrying heavier equipment with them, WAVY-TV reported.
Brian Bourgeois Navy Football
He was a four-year member of the Navy football team, earning three varsity letters. On Saturday, the football team will honor Bourgeois, by running out with a SEAL Team 8 flag, with a #13 home blue jersey adorned on the Navy sideline. Wide receivers Michael Salisbury and Jayden Umbarger will also wear SEAL Team 8 patches on their uniform, which Bourgeois gave to assistant coach Mick Yokitis earlier this year, WMAR-2 News reported.