Brian Eisch

NEW
  • Chronicled in Netflix Documentary 'Father Soldier Son'
  • Recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Valor Medals


Brian Eisch grew up in the state of Wisconsin and joined the Army in 1992 at the age of 17 as an infantryman. He served in various duty positions over his 20 year career including Scout, Senior Scout, Radio Telephone Operator, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Instructor, Drill Sergeant, and Platoon Sergeant.

In 2010, The New York Times and Netflix began a 10 year journey following Brian throughout his deployment during the war in Afghanistan and filming the effects it had on him and his young sons back home in Wisconsin. While in the field in Kunduz Province Afghanistan, Brian was shot 3 times in his legs while attempting to save a wounded Afghan policeman.

Brian will be the first to say “this is not the worst thing that has ever happened to me.” After enduring debilitating pain and eventual amputation of his leg, Brian suffered an even greater loss when, in 2015, Brian’s son Joey, aged 12, was killed by a truck while riding his bike. Throughout this decade on film, we see Brian navigate pain, love and loss, and the rebuilding of a new normal.

In his speeches, Brian epitomizes the strength, perseverance, and humor it takes to not only pull a team through combat, but also a family through tragedy. His outstanding military record reflects his innate ability to lead, communicate through crisis, and inspire teams. Brian’s story not only inspires other veterans, but anyone else who has found themselves needing to find new purpose, inspiration out of tragedy, and the strength to overcome.

 

Add to my speaker list
Brian Eisch headshot
Brian Eisch photo 3
Brian Eisch photo 2
Virtual Panel - Father Soldier Son Q&A | WWIA Foundation [50:28] - Get Sharable Link
Learn more about Brian Eisch
Follow   Facebook  Instagram 
Articles
(+)
Biography

Brian Eisch grew up in the state of Wisconsin and joined the Army in 1992 at the age of 17 as an infantryman. He served in various duty positions over his 20 year career including Scout, Senior Scout, Radio Telephone Operator, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Instructor, Drill Sergeant, and Platoon Sergeant. Brian attended many schools including Airborne, Air Assault, Air Assault Instructor, Army Instructor Course, Ranger School, Foreign Weapons Course, three rank specific leadership schools, and Drill Sergeant. His awards and decorations include the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star for Valor, Purple Heart, 3 Meritorious Service Medals, 5 Army commendation medals, 4 Army Achievement medals, 5 Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NCO Professional development Ribbons (3 Awards), 2 Overseas Service Ribbons, and the NATO Medal.

In 2010 while on a joint deliberate Raid with Afghan National Police in Kunduz Province Afghanistan, Brian was shot 3 times in his legs while attempting to save a wounded Afghan policeman. Brian retired as a Master Sergeant in 2012 as a result of his wounds at the rank of Master Sergeant.

In July 2015, Brian and Maria’s son Joey, age 12, was killed by a truck while riding his bike to a friend’s house. The Sandy Creek Youth Wrestling Program holds their Annual Joey Eisch Memorial tournament in his honor as well as named a baseball field “Eisch Field”.

Brian is now an avid tournament Bass fisherman and owns Tricky Phish Baits.

Brian lives with his wife Maria, and sons, Jordan and Jaxon, in Casco, WI. They have a daughter Alanna who lives in Algoma, WI, son Brandon who lives in Rochester, NY, and Isaac who lives in Algoma.