On October 10th, 2008, the Eaton Corporation in Jackson, Michigan literally rolled out the 'Red Carpet' for Phillip and his wife Sandy.
The Eaton Corporation held an Employee Celebration Day that included an outdoor cookout, free ball caps, and a congratulatory speech from the Vice president and General Manager Andy Weeks. The plant has been under extreme pressure to produce many of the items used by our military, especially on Army Blackhawk helicopters. It was Mr. Weeks' intent to honor his employees and allow them to hear from a direct consumer of their efforts. Phillip received a standing ovation before and after his presentation that included a slideshow of his time in Iraq (flying Blackhawks) and his famous military father, Master Chief and Master Diver Carl Brashear. As a special bonus, the plant celebrated the recent ship christening, the USNS Carl Brashear by ordering ball caps for all employees that displayed their pride in this great achievement. Over one thousand employees from two work-shifts and a local newspaper were present to witness the event. The whole affair was the idea of Eaton Employee Lori Barnett who coordinated the entire event and hosted the Brashears during the weekend. Many thanks to the Eaton Corporation!
The Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (Virginia) held its 110th Hospital Corps Birthday Ball on June 21, 2008.
This grand event was held at the Marriott Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, Virginia. The guest keynote speaker was Retired Chief Petty Officer Harry Penny, who served as a Navy Corpsman during his career. During the ceremony, many fallen Navy Corpsman were honored. In April 2006, while Phillip was deployed to Iraq as an Army helicopter pilot, he personally retrieved the body of one of them on a special mission. As a special tribute, Phillip Brashear was given a few moments to reflect how the center played a significant part in his life and even more in his father's. Carl Brashear had several operations and had to undergo intense physical therapy at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital after his incredible accident in the year 1966. He died in the same hospital 40 years later! The center honored Carl Brashear's achievements with a framed aerial picture of the center and a decorative oar that will be donated to the upcoming USNS Carl Brashear.
The Carl Brashear Foundation was on site in Orlando, Florida during the 34th Annual National Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers in March 2008.
By way of a special invitation of the United States Navy, Phillip Brashear was on hand to display vintage photos and video footage of his father to thousands of convention participants. Inside the convention halls, the name and legacy of Carl Brashear echoed the values of diversity that the US Navy was sharing with the thousands of college, high and middle school students that were in attendance. In the adjacent parking lot outside the center, onlookers marveled at the Navy dive team underwater tank setup. A few of the NSBE's high ranking members, including NSBE National Chair Darryl A. Dickerson and NSBE Executive Director Carl B. Mack, dared to join the divers in the underwater environment. NSBE was successful again in their ability to bring many Fortune 500 companies, national associations, and high-level government agencies together to offer opportunities to the crowds of top-notch minority students.
Phil with Admiral Williams and NSBE Director Carl Mack in the tank (between them) with a Navy safety diver
Phil with LT D.J. Holmes who was key in bringing the Carl Brashear legacy to the NSBE Convention
The Bureau of Naval Medicine celebrated Black History Month on February 19, 2008, with an observance in Washington, D.C.
On hand as the keynote speakers were Vice Admiral Adam M. Robinson, Jr., and CW4 Phillip Brashear. Vice Admiral Robinson spoke about his life experiences and the importance of "staying grounded" in achieving your goals. Phillip gave insight to the type of father Carl Brashear was, and the influence his dad had on him in reaching his goals. Afterwards, many had the opportunity to ask Phillip questions ranging from the movie, "Men of Honor", to key tips of advice left to Phillip by his dad.
February 16 and 17, 2008, marked the fifth annual Black History Showcase at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia.
Dawayne and Phillip had a wonderful display of their father, the late Master Chief and Master Diver Carl M. Brashear. Historic pictures, video clips, and even an authentic diver's helmet awed the spectators as they viewed the display area. Information was also on display about the newly created foundation and the goals it will try to achieve. Everett Staten, Founder of the event, met Phillip Brashear during the event in 2007. Phillip was just returning from duty in Iraq and was out-processing at nearby Fort Dix in New Jersey. Upon their meeting and follow-on conversation, the offer was extended by Mr. Staten to have Carl Brashear added to the showcase.
October 24, 2007 - Hampton Roads, VA
The fire department received a grant from the Department of Homeland Security to purchase the 33-foot boat which cost almost $400,000, the release says.
The Virginia Port Authority and state Department of Fire Programs also contributed. The boat is capable of going 37 knots and has a pump that can squirt up to 2,400 gallons of water a minute on a fire, the release says. The Carl Brashear also has side scanning sonar, a thermal imaging system and global positioning satellite technology.
Divers exit the Carl Brashear for duty in the James River
Fireboat Carl Brashear displays its fire-fighting muscle during a display on the James River
Pictured (left to right): Fire Chief, Kenneth Jones, Phillip Brashear, Newpor News Mayor, Joe S. Frank, Dawayne Brashear, VA Secretary of Public Safety, John Marshall