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Major Brison "Moose" Phillips

Major Brison "Moose" Phillips

19 March 2000

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Robert F. Flood, Dec 12, 2006 - 06:40 AM

I was Moose's DCC on 93-0534, and launched him out that day in Texas. Just wanted to say Moose was one great pilot and a great Boss and friend to all of us on Viper East. He will be missed.

DTooms, Feb 12, 2007 - 09:48 PM

I was Moose's neighbor at his first tour at Shaw. He was a great pilot and one hell of a nice guy. He will be missed.

Moose--The Man
Ruddie L Ramsey--Rudedawg, Mar 07, 2007 - 03:01 AM

I was their that fatal day in Kingsville TX, along with SSgt Flood. I was B-man on the team at the show and probably the last person to shake his hand and wish him a good flight. He was well lookedupon by the team and fellow viper pilots. We wish his family the best just a little info for you ---I'm back at shaw in the 79th and lovin every minute of it. I keep in touch with his wife Shannon who is now married to another viper pilot out at Hill AFB--Every Christmas i get pictures of her and growing bigger Little Moose his son. Well take care and we'll chat later-Rudedawg

2Dogs, Sep 28, 2007 - 03:35 AM

Moose and I were cadets together....I remember an intense 2o year old who could think of nothing else but flying fighters...later, I was with him at Spangdahlem and Shaw. He was the most dedicated, uncorruptable officer I ever knew. Moose was a tribute to his profession, his family and his nation.


Lt Col Kenny Kniskern, Nov 24, 2007 - 04:35 AM

Moose was a friend, brother and classmate of mine at Texas A&M. On the evening before my commissioning, we were drinking beers at the Dixie Chicken. I wasn't a big fan of the Major selected to commission me the next day, so that evening I asked him to do the honors (he graduated on time, me a semester late). So the next day, I began my AF career with my friend swearing me in. That date was 20 years ago (11 Dec 87). The last time I saw him was in Turkey. My last memory of him is drinking beers together after a Northern Watch mission. That night he gave me his "business card". I've flown with that card in my checklist since the day he gave it to me. The AF lost a warrior that day in Kingsville. And I lost a brother.


Maj Phillips
Bartman77, Feb 06, 2008 - 09:04 AM

When Major Phillips was a Capt at Shaw on his first toru i was his Crewchief we both shared our names on the jet he'll be truly missed

Bill, Jul 26, 2008 - 03:09 PM

Brison was my table mate through pilot training. I was in his wedding to Shannon right after Desert Storm, I told him he was living my dream flying the 16. He used to come to my wife's and my apt. all the time during pilot trng. I even gave the basset hound Brison could no longer keep in pilot trng. to my dad, who kept him for many years. I was there when the accident team brought his TX A&M ring and wedding ring to his wife Shannon at the funeral in Dallas, that hit hard. He is missed and was a true friend. I know Nolan would be proud.

Moose was a wingman
Waldo Waldman, Jan 09, 2009 - 08:08 AM

Moose and I flew together at the 79th FS at Shaw and I hung out with him the day before he left for TX on his fateful day. He was always a great leader and mentor to the younger pilots. He will always be missed.


From an airshow attendee
Billy Calzada, Jan 10, 2009 - 05:34 AM

I, too, was there on the day Maj. Phillips died. He taxied right by me and I photographed him in 93-0534 just as he pulled from the taxiway onto the runway. My heart still aches when I think of that day in Kingsville. His mother and I were in contact for sometime, and she is happy that his widow has since remarried and her grandson now has a good father figure to look up to.

College Buddy
Kevin Kittrell, Mar 17, 2009 - 06:32 PM

Brison was a friend I met at Texas A&M and I was in his wedding to Shannon. It is hard to believe it has been 9 years but I have so many good memories of Brison. He was a really good guy to all that knew him and he is truly missed. Gig 'em Ags.

James A.Hamilton, Sr., Nov 29, 2009 - 06:43 AM

I have taken my family to many airshows, but that was the first fatality. It was a blustery day with a North/North East wind, which is not common for South Texas, at that time of year. At the fireball,I left my family and had to get away, I just walked away, they had to come find me. I knew what had happened. All these years and I can still see it all. I ,as everyone felt helpless. I am glad to hear that his wife and son are ok. I dropped my beer at the stand just before the F-16 demonstration, I don't do that anymore, silly, but I don't do that anymore. So sorry, James

My Uncle
Sarah Porter, Feb 12, 2011 - 03:17 AM

I love you so much uncle Brison! I wish I could of known you better...I am 12 years old now! We all miss you and love you! I hear very funny stories about you from my mom (lee)! love you!

Nolan Phillips, Mar 31, 2011, Apr 01, 2011 - 06:28 AM

I hope you were still I will miss you.

Major Phillips
Dr. Don Melrose, Apr 08, 2011 - 04:43 PM

I was unfortunate enough to be a spectator in Kingsville when Major Phillips left us, but I feel fortunate to have seen him fly as I knew he must have loved what he did for a living. It's funny that I never met the him or his family, but I think of them often and hope they are doing well. Stand tall and be a good man Nolan, your Dad would want it that way.

My Little Boy....
Lee Phillips-Cychosz, Apr 09, 2011 - 06:47 PM

Brison was the best - his step-Dad and I miss him every day. I have his "hero" wall in the study and I look at him every day and ask "why"? The pain of losing him, even after 11 years, is almost too much to bear. We go to the cemetery every year on March 19th - sit by his

grave, have a martini and a cigar in his honor! He would have loved that! I love that people still remember him fondly and were proud to have been his friend. His life was not lived in vain for those of us who knew him gained so much from the relationship.

I love you, Brison - sleep well.


Our Friend
Deana Stricklin, May 11, 2011 - 08:18 PM

My husband, Lane and Brison were diving buddies at Texas Tech before Brison "switched gears" and headed to Texas A & M! They were good friends and Brison was in our wedding in 1990. We were just thrilled for them when Nolan was born and couldn't wait to meet him! But, I'll never forget the phone call that sent us to Dallas to be with his family for his funeral. 11 years much has happened - - Lane joined Brison in Heaven 3 years ago and I just have to smile when I think of them hanging out together again. Buddies for Eternity! He will never be forgotten! :)

the little kid i knew
danny bowman, May 16, 2011 - 06:43 PM

I knew bryson as a Little boy I rember his dad buying him a little indian motor cycle perhaps that's what gave him the need for speed. I knew his family and still see his. Brother occasionally. Its amazing what the little kid i new accomplished in such a short and that so many people are still effected 11 years after his death.

My Buddy
Robb Miller, May 31, 2012 - 09:38 PM

I met Brison on our HS diving team. He always said he was going to be a fighter pilot and I would usually reply "shut up and dive already..." We became best friends. Despite having crimson blood running in his veins, he chose to attend Texas Tech with me. We had the same birthday. I messed my life up big time and before I knew what happened, it was 20 years since we talked. I had searched for him online for many years and had all but given up hope of ever finding him again. Then one day he responded to one of my inquiries. We hooked up in Houston, TX where he was there for an air show. I could not believe my eyes- he had not aged a day. We got together that night with my college roommate Lane Stricklin and had a few beers and remembered old times. I never in a million years thought that would be the last time I would ever lay eyes on either of them again. I have never cried so hard and for so long in my 48 years, and tear up everytime I think of him. Nolan, your dad rocked! He was a Stud, and so shall you be... Because apples do not fall far from their trees. God Bless Brison Phillips- my brother.

Kevin Kittrell, Jun 10, 2012 - 06:03 AM

Nolan, your dad was such a great guy. We had so much fun at aggieland and he was a class guy. You look like him and I know he would be so proud of you. I know he is looking down on you and smiling as he sees you grow into a little man. Your momma has done a great job raising you and I hope I meet you some day. Gig em aggies


My friend Brison
Diana Williams, May 25, 2015 - 07:00 PM

My husband, Scott, and I were the sponsors for Shannon and Brison when they arrived in Germany to the 23rd FS. I picked them up at the airport in Frankfurt and instantly loved them both. We had great times together and we are blessed to call them friends. Brison, I know you are still with us in spirit, and making heaven a fun place to be. I will never forget your smile or your laugh. Shannon, you are an inspiration to us all. Nolan, know that your Dad was a great man.

Having a tough time..
PO2, Jul 31, 2016 - 03:43 AM

I don't know if anyone reads this anymore, but have to try. I was working security that day, one of first 4 or 5 there after the crash. I have seen plenty since that day both military and police that were disturbing..but this day has lived with me. I aplogize Mrs. Phillips, I don't mean to compare the grief you went through and have since..I tried to get there as fast as I could, I'm sorry I couldn't do anything. I can remember every detail of being there, burning myself trying to help someone that was beyond help..

Sorry to bother ya'll, I just can't seem to shake it.

Mrs. Phillips
Angie Moore, Apr 08, 2017 - 05:19 AM

I am trying to connect with Shannon, I worked with her in Sumter, SC and lost contact. Would love to find her. (

I think of you often
Robb Miller, Apr 20, 2018 - 04:38 PM


You are still with me Brison. Your infectious smile and giggles, bro hugs, hanging out, I changed the way I shave because you convinced me that your way was better, Every time I shave now, I think of you! Like it was just yesterday. Man, I was so looking forward to every minute we could spend together. I am so very proud of the man you became. It is a difficult thing... staying true to yourself, but you did it so well. I love you. I miss you. I think of you often.

Brian Braswell, May 23, 2019 - 04:34 PM

Brison “Moose”

We remember you always.



Brian Braswell, ‘87

Major Brison B. Phillips, USAF / TAMU '87
Miles Forrester, Aug 22, 2019 - 04:41 AM

I knew Brison from when we were cadets at A&M. He was truly respected by all who knew him.

Recall the last time I saw him, at our ten year class reunion in the fall of '97 (we had a good visit).

Attended his funeral on that Saturday in Dallas (drove up from Houston) and recall how touching it was to see so many there from our days at A&M. Recall too the emotion felt when we sang "The Spirit of Aggieland".

Miles Forrester '87

Amarillo, TX

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