September 29, 2007 - Groton, Connecticut
On September 29th, 2007, the Groton Area Chief Petty Officer Association held its annual Khaki Ball honoring the accomplishments and induction of the Navy's newest Chief Petty Officers for the entire Submarine Base.
This year the committee met and decided to honor the most distinguished member of the class with a new Master Chief Carl Brashear Award. This award was given to Chief Petty Officer Gordon A. Smith for his exceptional valor and fortitude he exhibited during his E-7 qualification course to wear the uniform of a Navy Chief. Presenting this award to Chief Smith was two of Master Chief Brashear's sons, Dawayne and Phillip. Phillip, who is a Chief Warrant Officer Four in the Army, was in uniform as he addressed the crowd before the presentation of the award. The Chief Petty Officer Association sponsored the trip for Dawayne and Phillip to be present for this annual event. Dawayne and Phillip also donated historic Carl Brashear memorabilia to the Chief's club which is presently under construction at the Groton Submarine Base for their Carl Brashear display case.
Dawayne Brashear (left) and Phillip Brashear (right) present Chief Gordon A. Smith the Carl Brashear Memorial Award for his outstanding display of honor, courage and commitment.
On September 19th, 2007, at Morgan State University, a ceremony was held to announce a major expansion effort being undertaken by The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum in Baltimore, MD.
During the ceremony, Dr. Joanne M. Martin, Co-Founder of The National Great Blacks In Wax, announced that as a part of their expansion a robust display will be constructed for Carl Brashear to ensure that his legacy of courage can live on for many years and generations to come. The National Great Blacks In Wax will have a profound impact on the East North Avenue corridor in Baltimore, as through this expansion initiative effort will be spent on a beautification and physical renewal of the Oliver Community. This area will serve as a site of inspiration to the city as the key African-American icons in history are on display to inspire all visitors to believe in the possibilities of a better tomorrow. The Brashear Estate is proud to partner with The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum and look forward celebrating the opening of the expansion with the unveiling of the Carl Brashear display. Stay tuned for updates and start planning your visit as you will not want to miss this event.
Dr. Jo Ann Martin of the Great Blacks in Wax addresses the crowd about her dream for a Carl Brashear display in the museum
In honor of the life of Carl Brashear, the Patriot Guard Riders presented the Brashear Family and Estate a Patriot Guard Riders Honor Plaque.
Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Phillip Brashear, USANG, will be on hand to accept the plaque as well as to present a United States Flag that was flown with Phillip while serving with the ARNG in Iraq.
On April 16th, 2007, Master Chief Boatswain's Mate, Master Diver Carl Brashear was honored as an outstanding alumni of the American Association of Community Colleges at the Waterside Marriott ballroom during the Gala Dinner in Tampa, Florida.
Brashear was nominated for this award by both Tidewater Community College of Virginia and the College of Southern Maryland. This was the first time an outstanding alumnus was nominated by two different schools at the same time. Receiving the honors on the behalf of their famous father was two of his sons, Dawayne and Phillip. Phillip, who just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq a month prior to the Gala activities, also has academic ties to Tidewater Community College in Virginia.