By Debbie Gregory.
U.S. Army Reserve officer Antonio Davon Brown was among those killed in Orlando terrorist attack, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Brown, 29, was a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, where he was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 383rd Regiment, 4th Cavalry Brigade, 85th Support Command, based in St. Louis.
By all accounts, Brown was a down to earth guy and had been a member of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) while a student at Florida A&M University.
“We are especially saddened by the news that one of the victims was part of the FAMU family,” the university said in a statement.
Brown joined the U.S. Army in 2008, just after graduating from FAMU with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He was deployed to Kuwait from April 2010 until March 2011, according to U.S. Army Media Relations.
Brown continued his education while in the military, earning an MBA from the Gary Tharaldson School of Business at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, in 2010.
He was promoted to captain in March 2012 and was most recently working as a human resources officer for Lowe’s Home Improvement Center.
Brown’s awards and decorations include a Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, two Army Reserve Component Achievement Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M-Device and the Army Service Ribbon.
Brown was expected to be conferred with a doctorate of management in organizational leadership from the University of Phoenix in the fall.
Funeral services will be held Saturday in Melbourne, FL.
Our hearts and thoughts are with the family of Antonio Davon Brown, and all of the grief stricken families who are struggling to cope with the overwhelming loss of their loved ones.