You who are my Comforter in sorrow, my heart is faint within me. ~ Jeremiah 8:18 (NIV)
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. ~ Revelation 21:4 (NIV)
I’m sure most of you have heard about the helicopter that went down 10 days ago in Afghanistan with the 30 American soldiers on board. The pilot of the Chinook, Bryan Nichols, was the cousin of our daughter’s “Kansas dad” who along with his wife watched over her while she was in college. Our hearts are with the Nichols family this week as they gather to remember and honor Bryan.
The following was on the CNN.com website:
Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Nichols, 31, Hays, Kan. He was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kan.
Bryan Nichols always wanted to be a soldier. His father was in the Army and fought in Vietnam, his ex-wife Jessica Nichols said. Bryan and Jessica met in sixth grade, and she said he enlisted in the military before they had graduated high school. Nichols worked his way up through the ranks, and eventually piloted a helicopter with which he’d had a boyhood fascination. “He came across the Chinook …” she recalled. “His father flew Chinooks.” During the years Bryan and Jessica were married, he did three deployments. She had their son, Braydon, who is now 10. Bryan and Jessica’s marriage ended amicably, and he remarried.
Together with Bryan’s new wife, the three helped raised Braydon. The little boy dreamed also of flying one day, alongside his father, Jessica Nichols said. The boy, instead, posted an iReport on Saturday about his fallen father, in the hopes that the world would never forget him.