Moto Hero Wednesday: Major Brian Gazaway
On Wednesdays throughout the 2019 season, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will recognize a member of the motocross community that has gone above and beyond to represent their country, give back to those in need, and contribute to the overall well being of those around them. Each of these individuals, known as Moto Heroes, will be honored at their local National, where they will be celebrated for their selflessness in front of the thousands of fans in attendance and formally introduced as the event's American Moto Hero.
At the Circle K High Point National, Morgantown, West Virginia, resident Major Brian K. Gazaway received the American Moto Hero honors. A native of Southern California, Gazaway enlisted into the U.S. Navy immediately after he finished high school, where he completed his basic training and a basic electronics and electricity course in nearby San Diego. He then completed Fire Control "A" school at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center before he was assigned to the Battleship New Jersey, BB-62, followed by an assignment to Battleship Missouri, BB-63, for the remainder of his enlistment.
From there, MAJ Gazaway enlisted in the West Virginia Army National Guard and opted to attend Officer Candidate School (OCS). He completed OCS to earn the Erickson Trophy, and proceeded to complete the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course. This allowed him to serve a variety of positions over the course of his military career, including Battery Fire Direction Officer, Platoon Leader, Rear Detachment Commander (753rd EOD), Battery Commander, Budget Officer, Project Officer, Battalion Fire Direction Officer, Battalion S3, Battalion Executive Officer, and Battalion Commander. He served two deployments with the 1-201st FA; 2nd Platoon Leader, C Battery, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Battery Commander, A Battery, during Operation New Dawn.
Most recently, MAJ Gazaway has served in a full-time status with the West Virginia Air National Guard's Army Interagency Training and Education Center. He was a Project Officer for U.S. Department of State partnership, and is currently Program Manager for the interagency partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Mountain State University and will begin a Master's program this year.
He and his wife, Erin, reside in Morgantown and are the loving parents to eight children. Over his career, MAJ Gazaway has received more than 10 awards in recognition of his service to the country.