CPT William Bryson
134th Brigade Support Battalion deployed to Iraq from Aug, 22 2006 to
present, as part of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division
based out of Rosemount, MN. Although, I am an Active duty officer my
Active duty unit is OPCON'd to the MNARNG conducting and base defense
force protection mission. Currently, the BCT is responsible for Theater
Convoy Security Operations, Base Defense Operations, Joint Operations
Area Patrolling, and Civil Military Affairs Operations. At the time of
my unit's deployment, the United States military had over 140,000 troops
on the ground in Iraq, and a significant logistical pipeline was
necessary in order to re-supply the troops with everything from food, to
ammunition, to repair parts for vehicles, etc. With armed insurgents
still at large in the country, it was necessary to provide security for
trucks moving supplies along this pipeline. This in turn enabled
Coalition Forces to successfully carry out the mission of assisting the
new government of Iraq bring order out of chaos and stand up a new
democracy. Our role was twofold: to provide security for these trucks
as they moved on the highways of Iraq everyday; and to ensure the safety
and security of the forward operating base and the surrounding joint
operations area in order to ensure the smooth operation of the theater
security mission and the safety of all soldiers on LSA Adder. It has
been a busy year for us all. Our most important responsiblility is
supporting all the warfighters in theater and return home.
Attached Bio Below:
CPT William Frank Bryson Jr. received an Active Army commission as a
Second Lieutenant in the Infantry Officer Corps through the R.O.T.C.
program at St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN in 2003 and was
basic branch as a Quartermaster Officer. He is a native of Minneapolis,
CPT Bryson is a graduate of St. Cloud State University, with a Bachelor
of Science degree in Mass Communications and Public Relations and would
like to pursue his Master's degree in Business Administration.
CPT Bryson is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, the
Mechanized Infantry Officer Course, the Basic Airborne Course, Junior
Officer Petroleum Course, and Unit Movement Officers Course.
His past assignments include: Rifle Platoon Leader and Mechanized
Infantry and Bradley Fighting Vehicle Platoon Leader, B 1/9 (M) Infantry
Regiment ("Manchu"), 2-72 AR Task Force, 2d Infantry Division, Republic
of Korea Camp Casey, Supply and Services Platoon Leader and later
Executive Officer, HHC 2-72nd, 2d Infantry Division, Republic of Korea,
Executive Officer, 108th Petroleum Support Company, Ft Lee, Virginia,
530th CSSB, 49th GRP. CPT Bryson's was recently promoted and his most
recent assignment includes LSA Adder Base Defense Operations Center OIC.
Currently, he is serving as Company Executive Officer for the 108th
Petroleum Support Company (Forward Operating Base Camp Adder conducting
an in lieu of mission of Base Defense).
CPT Bryson's awards and decorations include the Joint Meritorious Unit
Award, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the
Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal,
the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the
CPT Bryson is married to Mrs. Jamie Lynn Bryson and has two sons, Isaiah
2 years old and Josiah 5 mo. Who are in Virginia.