Sunday, April 18, 2010
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Brad Colbert (born 1974) is a United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant whose platoon's role in and perception of the 2003 invasion of Iraq was featured in a series of articles in Rolling Stone by Evan Wright. Wright was an embedded reporter who rode in the backseat of Colbert's vehicle during this time until his departure on May 4. Wright later expanded these articles into the book "Generation Kill".
A skilled Reconnaissance Marine, Colbert is nicknamed "The Iceman" for his ability to stay calm in battle and his overall military competency. In Afghanistan, he received a Navy Commendation for his role in taking out an enemy missile battery. In the Iraq War, his platoon, the 2nd Platoon of Bravo Company of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, was often at the spearhead of the initial invasion, with his team, of which he was team leader, often on point.
For his efforts in Iraq, he received a combat meritorious promotion to Staff Sergeant. He was later promoted again to Gunnery Sergeant and served as the Company Gunnery Sergeant of H&S Company of 1st Recon. He served two additional tours in Iraq and remains active in the Reconnaissance community today.