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Nicolle M. Brossard Collection, 2000-2014

By Edward Lee Love

Collection Overview

Title: Nicolle M. Brossard Collection, 2000-2014

Predominant Dates:2009-2010

ID: 03/WV0535

Creator: Brossard, Nicolle

Extent: 14.5 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Arranged into series: Military Papers, Correspondence, Newspaper Clippings, Miscellaneous, Digital Photographs, Oral Histories, Textiles, Footwear and Artifacts.

Date Acquired: 05/31/2012

Languages: English [eng]

Abstract

Nicolle M. Brossard (b. 1983), of Portland, Oregon, has served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves since 2001. She was a mental health specialist, drug and alcohol counselor, and a master resiliency trainer. She was at Fort Hood, Texas during the shooting incident on 5 November, 2009 and helped with the casualties. From late 2009 through 2010 she was deployed to Afghanistan.

The collection includes articles of military clothing, medical kit, military papers and handbooks, personal correspondence during her deployment, an Afghanistan map, digital photographs, and a welcome home flag.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection includes milltary publications, correpsondence, and newspaper clippings from The Fort Hood Sentinel concern the Fort Hood shooting. Miscellaneous papers include a poster of a speech she gave at Pacific University in 2010, and a map of Afghanistan. The collection also includes 11 digital photographs and transcripts from two Oral History interviews. The collection also includes a variety of uniforms, insignia, pins, badges and other textiles and artifacts, including multiple pairs of boots and a combat lifesaver bag.

Biographical Note

Nicolle M. Brossard (b. 1983), of Portland, Oregon, has served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves since 2001. She was a mental health specialist, drug and alcohol counselor, and a master resiliency trainer.

Nicolle Brossard was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and attended school in Sherwood, Oregon, where she was part of the Future Farmers of America Organization. Before graduating high school, Brossard met with a United States Army recruiter about the possibility of a mental health specialist job, enrolled in a delayed entry program, and initially signed a contract for six years of active reserve service. Brossard attended basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, before traveling to Fort Sam Houston, Texas for medical training at the Army Medical Department Center and School.

After returning home in July 2002, Brossard completed reserve training at Fort Vancouver, Washington, and attended Portland State University in Oregon. In 2006, she began taking classes for psychology at Portland Community College while working with army convoys, and eventually became a company training non-commissioned officer (NCO). In the winter of 2008, Brossard transferred to Pacific University, and was then informed that she would be deployed with the 113th combat stress control detachment to Afghanistan.

On November 4, 2009, Brossard left for Fort Hood, Texas to complete pre-deployment tasks, and was there the next day when the Fort Hood shooting incident occurred [The Fort Hood shooting was a mass murder and terrorist attack by Nidal Malik Hasan, a 39-year-old U.S. Army major serving as a psychiatrist.] She assisted at the hospital with the casualties, including some from her own unit. In December 2009, Brossard flew to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, and then to Kandahar, ending up at Forward Operating Base Frontenac. Working as a mental health specialist there, Brossard worked with people experiencing sleep problems and combat stress issues. She volunteered with the morale, welfare, recreation tent (MWR), and did work at Forward Operating Base Lagman in Zabul Province, and Forward Operating Base Bullard..

After returning from deployment, Brossard attended the one year anniversary of the Fort Hood shootings. She then decided to study nutrition at Wellspring Academies in Brevard, North Carolina, before enrolling at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After graduating with a degree in Nutrition in 2013, Brossard was accepted into the Military Baylor Graduate Program in Nutrition. She is a mental health specialist, drug and alcohol counselor, and a master resiliency trainer.

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 manuscripts box, 3 textile boxes, 1 artifact box, 1 footwear box, poster in Women Veteran's Historical Project Oversized Poster drawer F

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Acquisition Source: Brossard, Nicolle M.

Original/Copies Note: For digitized material see: http://libcdm1.uncg.edu/cdm/search/collection/WVHP/searchterm/brossard/order/nosort

Related Materials: For more information please see http://www.pacificu.edu/about-us/videos/boxer-tales-nicolle-brossard.

Preferred Citation: Preferred Citation: [Identification of item],Nicolle M. Brossard Papers, Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project, Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC, USA.


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Military PapersAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Military Papers, 2000 - 2007, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder contains Army Combat Stress book copyright 2000, The First 100 Days Handbook from January 2007, Warrior Smart Card from December 2007, undated firearm targets, and inventory list of first aid medical kit.
Series 2: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Personal Correspondence, 2009 - 2010Add to your cart.
"Any Soldier" mail from school children including hand-drawn Valentine's Day and letters from the "Books for Soldiers" program.
Series 3: Newspaper ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Newspaper Clippings, 2010Add to your cart.
Newspaper story from 4 November, 2010 issue of Fort Hood Sentinel covering the one year anniversary of the shooting at Fort Hood.
Series 4: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Miscellaneous, 2000 - 2014Add to your cart.
Folder contains the November 2002 The Portland Spectator, 2010 flyer for Hispanic Heritage Month event at Forsard Operating Base Lagman, poster titled Girl in the War for presentation given by Niclle Brossard at Pacific University in 2010, and a printout of 2011 article Beyond the Battlefield from University of North Carolina at Greensboro website, and the label and instructions that go with "shemagh" headdress.
Cabinet 1Add to your cart.
Drawer FAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Map, 2010Add to your cart.
Foldout map produced for Stars and Stripes newspaper depicts base locations in Afghanistan for NATO International Security Assistance Force.
Series 5: Oral HistoriesAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Oral History TranscriptAdd to your cart.
Transcript from 2012 first oral history interview. Online at:  http://libcdm1.uncg.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/WVHP/id/9675/rec/12
Folder 6: Oral History TranscriptAdd to your cart.
Transcript from 2014 second oral history interview.
Series 6: Digital PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Photographs of Nicholle Brossard, most taken while deployed in Afghanistan in 2009 -2010 but otherwise undated. Link: http://libcdm1.uncg.edu/cdm/search/collection/WVHP/searchterm/brossard!photographs/field/all!format/mode/all!all/conn/and!and/order/nosort/ad/asc
Series 7: TextilesAdd to your cart.
Textile Box 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: TrousersAdd to your cart.
One pair of trousers: Army Combat Uniform (ACU), size - medium.
Item 2: ShirtAdd to your cart.
One shirt: ACU, size - medium short.
Item 3: T-ShirtAdd to your cart.
One commercial green t-shirt given to soldiers upon their return by Comedy Central.
Item 4: BeretAdd to your cart.
One black beret with blue U.S. Army flash sewn on.
Item 5: HatAdd to your cart.
One Desert Camouflage Uniform (DCU) hat with black Specialist (E-4) rank sewn on.
Item 6: CapAdd to your cart.
One Battledress Uniform (BDU) cap with black Specialist (E-4) rank sewn on.
Item 7: BannerAdd to your cart.
One commercially made banner (yellow, black, and red) stating, "Welcome Home Warrior Citizen". Source unknown.
Textile Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: CoatAdd to your cart.
One Coat: hot weather, woodland camouflage pattern, combat; size - medium short, with "Brossard" and "U.S. Army" nametapes, "2d Medical Brigade" shoulder sleeve insignia on left sleeve, and full-color U.S. flag sewn on right sleeve. Battledress Uniform (BDU).
Item 2: TrousersAdd to your cart.
One pair of trousers: hot weather, woodland camouflage pattern, combat; size - medium short.
Item 3: TrousersAdd to your cart.
One pair of trousers: Desert Camouflage Uniform (DCU), three color pattern, combat; size - medium regular.
Item 4: ShirtAdd to your cart.
One shirt: Desert Camouflage Uniform (DCU), three color pattern, combat; size - medium regular, with Brossard and U.S. Army nametapes sewn on; full-color U.S. flag sewn on right shoulder; subdued rank (specialist, E-4) sewn on collar tips.
Item 5: Body ArmorAdd to your cart.
Body armor: interceptor, groin protector, size - x-small to medium.
Item 6: ScarfAdd to your cart.
Commercial head scarf, referred to as "Shemagh".
Textile Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: CoatAdd to your cart.
One battledress uniform (BDU) coat: cold weather, field woodland camouflage pattern, with "Brossard" and "U.S. Army" nametapes sewn on; size - medium short.
Item 2: ShirtAdd to your cart.
One commercially produced shirt (Army Combat Shirt) designed for wear under body armor in lieu of regular ACU shirt.
Item 3: Field glove linersAdd to your cart.
One pair of field glove liners: green wool/polyester blend.
Series 8: FootwearAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Boots, DannerAdd to your cart.
One pair of Danner boots: Combat Hiker, brown leather uppers, Vibram soles, issued to soldiers deploying to Afghanistan; size 8 1/2 regular, men'™s. Worn with army camouflage uniform (ACU).
Item 2: Boots, AltamaAdd to your cart.
One pair of Altama boots: tropical, with black ripple soles, off-green canvas uppers; size 7.5 wide. Worn with battledress uniform (BDU). Note: This is not a traditional Army issue boot, nor is it the traditional tropical boot issued to soldiers during the Vietnam War or assigned to tropical environments such as Panama.
Item 3: Boots, RockyAdd to your cart.
One pair of "Rocky" boots: black leather uppers and Vibram sole; size 7.5 wide. Issued to soldiers assigned duty in cold-weather environments, ie Germany.
Series 9: ArtifactsAdd to your cart.
Artifact Box 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: PatchAdd to your cart.
Rank insignia: sergeant (E-5) for Class A uniform.
Item 2: PatchAdd to your cart.
Shoulder sleeve insignia: unit to be determined, reminiscent of design for 70th Infantry of World War II known as "Trailblazers".
Item 3: WatchAdd to your cart.
Timex wrist watch. Battery removed.
Item 4: Name TagAdd to your cart.
Plastic name tag with "BROSSARD" on it.
Item 5: CoinAdd to your cart.
Commander's/First Sergeant's Excellence Award, 113th Medical Company.
Item 6: Unit CrestAdd to your cart.
Crest for 6253d U.S. Army Hospital (U.S. Army Reserve).
Item 7: Unit CrestAdd to your cart.
Unit crest for 396th Combat Support Hospital, one pinned to cardboard, other removed from black beret and without backing.
Item 9: Combat Lifesaver BagAdd to your cart.
Green lifesaver bag developed for non-medic soldiers that completed Combat Lifesaver Course. Bag contains contents as listed on packing list (Series 1, Folder 1).