Bryan Beiriger was born on June 27, 1969, in Hastings, Nebraska, and he grew up outside of Houston in Spring, Texas. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August 1988, and graduated from basic training at NTC Orlando, Florida, in October 1988. Beiriger then attended "A" School from October 1988 to April 1989, followed by Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training from March 1989 to March 1990. His first assignment was with SEAL Team THREE at NAB Coronado, California, from July 1990 to May 1997, followed by service as an Air Operations Instructor with the Naval Special Warfare Center at NAB Coronado from June 1997 to July 2000. Petty Officer Beiriger then returned to SEAL Team THREE as Leading Petty Officer of Hotel Platoon from July 2000 to June 2001. He then joined the newly created SEAL Team SEVEN at NAB Coronado in June 2001, becoming a Plank Owner upon its activation in March 2002. Chief Beiriger served as Leading Chief Petty Officer of Foxtrot Platoon with SEAL Team SEVEN from June 2001 to June 2004, followed by service as the SEAL West Coast detailer for sailors at ranks of E-6 and below at Millington, Tennessee, from June 2004 to July 2007. Master Chief Beiriger served as Two Troop Senior Enlisted Advisor with SEAL Team SEVEN at NAB Coronado from August 2007 to November 2009, and then as Master Chief for Naval Special Warfare Training Detachment ONE at NAB Coronado from November 2009 to April 2011. His next assignment was as Officer in Charge of the Naval Special Warfare Preparatory School at NTC Great Lakes, Illinois, from April 2011 to July 2013, followed by service as Command Master Chief of SEAL Team ONE at NAB Coronado from July 2013 to January 2015. His final assignment was as Command Master Chief of Training Detachment ONE at NAB Coronado from March 2015 until his death on active duty on October 23, 2015. Master Chief Beiriger has a cenotaph at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, California, and his ashes were spread at sea off the coast of Coronado, California.
His 1st Bronze Star Medal w/Valor Citation reads:
For heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy while serving as SEAL Platoon Leading Chief Petty Officer with Naval Special Warfare Task Unit West in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in Iraq from 27 September 2003 to 5 April 2004. Chief Beiriger's inspirational leadership and invaluable counsel enabled his SEAL Task Unit to maintain a substantial combat advantage over the enemy. He was central to the planning and execution of 49 high risk combat missions, operating under the constant threat of small arms, mortar, and Improvised Explosive Device attacks for 151 days. Under his guidance, his team captured 20 High value targets. His calm demeanor and discretion with deadly force in the midst of chaotic situations were directly responsible for saving the lives of non-combatants intermixed with the enemy. On a time sensitive assault on an Iraqi Army camp believed to be harboring 25 Mujahideon, his 29-man assault force inserted via two MH-53 helicopters and assaulted a large military barracks complex of 11 buildings and more than 275 rooms. Chief Beiriger led the maneuver element toward the target and immediately encountered two men standing next to AK-47 rifles. They cleared five buildings, secured 33 adult males, engaged in several hand-to-hand engagements, and recovered loaded assault rifles and automatic weapons. With speed, surprise and violence of action, Chief Beiriger's team secured an encampment of more than 100 people without firing a single shot. By his courageous actions, personal initiative, and loyal dedication to duty, Chief Beiriger reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.