US Navy Chief Petty Officer Brian R. Bill was killed in action on 6th August 2011 when a Chinook helicopter he was in was shot down by enemy forces in Wardak province.
He joined the US Navy in June 2001. On completion of his basic training in Illinois, he attended and completed Basic Underwater Demolition training in California. In 2003, his ambition was realised when he was assigned to an East Coast Navy SEAL team based at Virginia Beach.
Chief Petty Officer Bill earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stamford and Norwich University in Norwich. He was also fluent in French and had studied Russian. He also held a commercial pilot's license.
During his career he was awarded three Bronze Stars with Valor, a Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, two Combat Action Ribbons and three Good Conduct Medals.