Extortion 17 - Remember Our Brothers
CW2 Bryan J. Nichols
bryan-nichols-3-12-250Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan J. Nichols
Age 31
Hays, Kansas


+1 #4 Matthew Blazewicz 2015-05-25 12:46
CW2 Nichols flew in a flight with me during an air assault in the Watapur valley not long before he died. Here is what I remember:

Prior to his death, CW2 Nichols survived a harrowing crash at on a high altitude ridge-line overlooking the Watapur Valley. I was in the cockpit of the lead aircraft at a FOB loading another load of troops when I heard the "fallen angel" call. We immediately began executing our fallen angel checklist making the appropriate radio notifications. It turned out that day that all survived that crash.

After an experience like that it would have been reasonable for someone to stop flying, or at least take a break. Not CW2 Nichols--he got back on the horse and kept flying missions. It takes incredible grit and determination to get back in the cockpit after such a visceral experience. America is lucky to have had CW2 Nichols in her service.

CW2 Matthew Blazewicz
B Co 3-10 attached to 6-6 CAV
+16 #3 LTC Chlapek 2013-04-09 14:05
Miss you, Brother. We're keeping an eye on Mary and not a day goes by that we don't talk about you and have a good laugh at your expense : ). Ride hard, rest easy, and we'll see you on the other side. God bless.
+7 #2 SFC Waldschmidt 2012-05-28 18:01
For all of you who would like to do something to Honor the Fallen Veterans this Memorial Day.

We still have about $8,500 we need to raise for the Bryan J Nichols Fallen Veterans Memorial Highway signs. These signs may bear Bryan's name but they are a tribute to all of the men and women who have paid the ultimate Sacrifice to protect our great nation. Thank you to all who have already donated.

If you would like to donate please make a check payable to "Bryan J Nichols Memorial Fund" you can send it to.

Midwest Community Bank- Palco
402 Main, PO Box 9
Palco, KS 67657
account number- 400352758

You may also make a contribution online at.

Credit Card donations can still be made via the following link.
+14 #1 Ken Gomes, USAF,RET 2011-09-12 19:14
Godspeed to you and the entire Extortion 17 crew