Brad Colbert

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Brad Colbert
Colbert giving a speech in September 2012
Colbert giving a speech in September 2012
Nickname(s) Iceman
Born (1974-07-25) July 25, 1974 (age 39)
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Rank USMC-E8-MSG.svg Master Sergeant
Unit 1st Reconnaissance Battalion
British Royal Marine Commandos

Global War on Terrorism

Awards Navy and Marine Corps Commendation ribbon.svg Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal

Brad Colbert (born July 25, 1974) is a United States Marine, best known for his platoon's role in and perception of the 2003 invasion of Iraq which was featured in a series of articles in Rolling Stone by Evan Wright. Wright was an embedded reporter who rode in the backseat of Colbert's vehicle during this time until his departure on May 4, 2003. Wright later expanded these articles into the book Generation Kill.


A U.S. Reconnaissance Marine, Colbert is nicknamed the "Iceman" by his colleagues, for his ability to stay calm in battle and his overall military competency. During the War in Afghanistan, he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for valor for his role in taking out an enemy missile battery.[1] In the Iraq War, his platoon, the 2nd Platoon of Bravo Company of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, was often at the spearhead of the initial invasion, with his team, of which he was team leader, often on point.

For his efforts during the Iraq War, Colbert received a combat meritorious promotion to Staff Sergeant and went on to serve two years with the Royal Marine Commandos.[2] He was later promoted again to Gunnery Sergeant and served as the Company Gunnery Sergeant of H&S Company of 1st Recon.[3] He served two additional tours in Iraq and left the Reconnaissance community in 2010.[4]

As of October 2012, Colbert is a special skills operations chief at the Army’s airborne school at Fort Benning, Georgia.[5] He is responsible for "making sure that Marines who attend the program receive the necessary skills and meet their requirements. He also regularly leaps from C-130s to reinforce proper jump techniques."[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Colbert is a speaker on post-combat stress issues for the Heroes and Healthy Families organization.[4][6]

In popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ Wright (2004), p.22
  2. ^ Wright (2004), p. 351
  3. ^ "Raider Report". 1st Recon Bn Association. May 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "'Iceman' aids others with post-combat stress". Marine Corps Times. October 14, 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Hall, Kuande (July 9, 2012). "Airborne! Taking a leap for a more capable Corps". Marines Magazine. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Young, Joshua (November 2, 2012). "I MEF Marines attend leadership awareness conference". Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 

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