The Carl Brashear Foundation

The purpose of the Carl Brashear Foundation is to use his life as an example of Faith, Strength, Humility, and Dedication.

Our objective is to reach as many people as possible to share the story of Carl Brashear and his incredible achievements.

To promote the life of Carl Brashear to enhance the lives of others.

Our goal is to give back to society, especially the veterans, the afflicted, and the youth in the form of presentations and monetary awards

Carl Brashear showed the world that Racism, Illiteracy, Poverty, Physical Disability, and Substance Abuse cannot defeat the Human Spirit. These were the "Five Hurdles" that he overcame to become one of the most celebrated American Naval Sailors. In today's world, the "Five Hurdles" are still present and affect every country.

Carl Brashear was pleased with the respect he earned from the United States Navy that he loved. Little did he know that he would be honored with a major Hollywood movie depicting his life (Men of Honor), a 700 foot Navy ship bearing his name (USNS Carl Brashear), a conference center at Joint Base Ft. Story-Little Creek Va., a watch made by the Oris Watch Company of Switzerland, a veteran's center in his home state of Kentucky, a display in the nation's top museum in Washington D.C., and many other tributes / honors / awards that have been bestowed upon him.

My father is a legend in today's world by his incredible life story. If it takes me to illustrate his story to the world for the rest of my life, I will continue to do so because I will never want my father to become a myth. He was a real person who lived his life with many ups and downs but was able to keep a smile on his face up to the day he died. I would know because I was there with him when he passed away. He and my mother Junetta were good people, born and raised in rural Kentucky with the hopes of raising a family and living a normal life in this world. Let it be said that their lives were not normal. I love and miss them both.

With God's love upon us, no dream is impossible!

Phillip Brashear


Thank you for your interest and take care,
Dawayne and Phillip Brashear



Glenda Arrington tapped to be the new Secretary of the Carl Brashear Foundation
Dr. Glenda Arrington
Dr. Glenda B. Arrington was appointed as a Board Member for the Carl Brashear Foundation in January 2011. Dr. Arrington was the creator and director of the Carl Brashear Life Celebration Event held at the Brashear Conference Center at Little Creek Amphibious Base in July 2011. As a board member, Dr. Arrington is delighted to be giving back to the community in support of the foundation to carry on the legacy of Mr. Carl M. Brashear.

Dr. Arrington currently serves as the Inspector General within the Department of Defense. During her career, she has also served as the Inspector General for the Department of Navy throughout Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Dr. Arrington is a certified Inspector General with the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, the Department of Defense Joint Inspectors General, and the Naval Inspectors General.

Dr. Arrington continues to raise the profile and influence that Carl M. Brashear had on so many.



Tony Palm
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Tony Palm is the Carl Brashear Foundation Special Relations and Development Officer. He is also president of Tony Palm & Associates LLC. He is also a retired Navy Chief and Navy Diver. His personal mission is to "LEAVE NO WARFIGHTER BEHIND, REGARDLESS OF THE BATTLEFIELD."



Phillip M. Brashear
Phillip Brashear

Current Status

President of the Carl Brashear Foundation
CW4 and CH-47D/F 'Chinook' helicopter pilot attached to 5-159th Aviation Regiment, Fort Eustis, VA
Air Force Team Weapon System Support Manager for Defense Supply Center Richmond
Senior Member of Civil Air Patrol, Southside Composite Squadron, MER-VA-060 as a Major
Trustee at Greater Nazarene Baptist Church Mechanicsville, Va.
Sports Local volunteer in Sandston, Va. YMCA and Youth Leagues


Former Chief Warrant Officer Four and Blackhawk Maintenance Test Pilot in the Virginia Army National Guard
Former Combat Veteran in Operation Iraqi Freedom from January 2006 through February 2007
Former Combat Veteran of Stabilization Force Ten in Bosnia-Herzegovina from October 2001 through April 2002
1999 graduate of Bluefield College with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Organizational Management Development
Former Army National Guard Technician Sandston Va. from April 1994 through May 2001 1991 graduate of Army Warrant Officer Flight School Program
Former Naval Aviation Depot employee from Sep 1987 through March 1994
Former Norfolk Naval Shipyard employee from Dec 1983 through Sep 1987
Former Engine Mechanic (VAW 78) and Helicopter Aircrewman (HM-18) in the United States Naval Reserves from Sep 1981 through Sep 1989
Wrestling Scholarship Athlete at Old Dominion University September 1980 through June 1981
1980 graduate of I.C. Norcom High School Portsmouth Va.

Recent Career Highlights

Guest Speaker for Naval Support Activity 2015 Khaki Ball, Sep 2015 at the Carl Brashear CPO Club Little Creek- Fort Story
Guest speaker for Black History Sunday Celebration at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, VA, Feb 12
Guest on the cable show "Lavoz Latina" with host David Aponte Sr. for Black History Month presentation in Richmond, VA, Feb 12 Video
Guest speaker for Black History Month Celebration at the Fort Story-Little Creek Dining Facility in Virginia Beach, VA, Feb 12
Guest speaker for Black History Month at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit, Naval Air Station Norfolk, VA, Feb 12 Story
Special guest of the USS Dwight Eisenhower (CVN 69) for its Black History Celebration at the Naval Base Norfolk, VA, Feb 12 Story / Pictures
Keynote speaker for Navy Cargo Battalion One Black History Month Celebration at Cheatam Annex in Williamsburg, VA, Feb 12
Guest speaker for Navy Helicopter Unit HM-15 for their Black History Month Celebration at the Naval Air Station Norfolk, VA, Feb 12
Guest speaker at the Naval Hospital's Black History Month Celebration in Groton, CT, Feb 12
Guest speaker at Highland Springs High School Black History Month Celebration in Highland Springs, VA, Feb 12
Guest speaker at Point Option High School in Newport News, VA, for their Black History Month acknowledgement, Feb 12
Carl Brashear Presentation for the Historical Diving Society Conference held at the Mariner's Museum in Newport News, VA, Oct 11
Keynote Speaker for the Afloat Training Group Norfolk Naval Base Khaki Ball held at the VA Beach Double Tree Hotel, Oct 11
Keynote Speaker for the 'Dining In' held by the Navy Cargo Handling Battalion ONE at the Port of York Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown, VA, Oct 11
Keynote Speaker at the Youth Aeronautics Educational Foundation Annual Banquet held at the Colonial Heritage Golf Course in Williamsburg, VA, Oct 11
Presentation for the Excellence in Government Fellows Leadership Program Conference held for GS 14-15 Government employees at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel in
Norfolk, VA, Oct 11
Carl Brashear Award presenter at the Khaki Ball for the Chief Association held in Groton, CT, Sep 11
Graduation speaker at the Petersburg Federal Corrections Institution (Medium) in Petersburg, VA, Jun 11
Motivational presentation for the Youth Career Café at the Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News, VA, Jun 11 Banquet speaker for the Virginia Wing Headquarters of the Civil Air Patrol
VAWG Encampment 2011 held at Ft. Pickett, VA, Jul 11 (website)
Guest Celebrity Traffic Reporter on WVEC Channel 13 Daybreak Show. Phillip did the local traffic with WVEC's own Benita Adams, weather with Craig Moeller, and Daybreak hosts
LaSalle Blanks and Vanessa Coria, May 11
Joint Base Langley Eustis Air Force article link
Guest speaker for Navy Mid Atlantic Region Command's Black History Month Program at the Norfolk Naval Base, Mar 11
Guest speaker for Lockheed Martin Center for Innovation's Black History Program in Suffolk, VA, Feb 11
Guest speaker at the Federal Bureau of Investigations' Black History Month Program in Richmond, VA, Feb 11
Radio interview on FM WBOB 'The Promise' 107.3 with Penda Agie for Black History Month, Feb 11
Black History presentation featuring the late BMCM 'Master Diver' Carl Brashear onboard the USS Wisconsin at the Nauticus Maritime Center in Norfolk, VA, Feb 11
Guest speaker for Navy Expeditionary Medical Support Command' Black History Program at Cheatam Annex, Yorktown, VA, Feb 11
Radio interview on AM KAOI 1110 Maui Hawaii with Ron Winckler for Black History Month, Feb 11
Guest speaker for the Deaconess Ministry's Black History month Celebration at Mount Bethel Baptist Church in Kenbridge, VA, Feb 11
Guest speaker for Dr. Martin Luther King Birthday Program for Navy Reserve Forces Command, Naval Support Activity at the Norfolk Naval Base, Jan 11

Archived highlights . . .


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