GySgt Brian Meyer was born July 13, 1981 in Yuba, California. Meyer’s father wascareer Air Force, causing his family to move to many bases until they settled in Arizona following his father’s retirement. Meyer spent most of his childhood in Arizona. After graduating high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps in August 2000. After basic training, Meyer was assigned to Air Maintenance Squadron 2 to train in Radar Maintenance. In 2003, after he completed the courses, Meyer received orders to the Marine Corps Air Facility in Kaneohe, Hawaii. While serving as a marksmanship instructor for the rifle range on Kaneohe, Meyer was introduced to the Explosive
Ordnance Community. He became intrigued by the field and was accepted in to NAVSCOLEOD in 2005.
GySgt Meyer graduated as a basic Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) tech in May of 2006 and received orders to Camp Hansen, in Okinawa, Japan. From Japan, Meyer deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where his team conducted over 300 missions in the course of their seven month deployment. After his return, Meyer served as one of the many hazardous devices team leads under the Secret Service for then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, First Lady Laura Bush and Pope Benedict.
Meyer received orders to Camp Pendleton and deployed a second time to Iraq in the summer of 2009. On his third deployment, Meyer was sent to Sangin, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Six months in to his 7 month deployment, Meyer was dismantling a bomb in a road when it detonated in his right hand. The blast completely amputated his right hand and right leg as well as his thumb, index and middle fingers on his left hand. Despite the seriousness of his injuries, GySgt Meyer was treated as an outpatient just three days after the explosion. GySgt Meyer medically retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2013. Currently, he is working towards his Private Pilot License and California Real Estate License.
Meyer now lives an active life of hunting and traveling in addition to serving veterans through various veteran charities.