I am just learning that this wonderful leader has passed away. He will truly be missed. Maj Brinkman was the backbone of our JROTC program. He kept me motivated and help mold me into the person I am today. Wow...my heart is heavy to learn of this so late. Tracy Walton-King c/o 1992
My condolences to the family and friends of a great man, an excellent teacher, and a life coach. I remember he asked me what did I want to be and I was a confused teen. He introduce me into JROTC and he kept and motivated me there until I was enlisted into the U.S. Army. Everything he drilled and coached me on lead to a excellent military career until retirement. He was a great man and definitely an Officer. May he rest in Peace
To the man who saw the leader in me and brought it out of me. You taught me discipline and confidence. I thank God for your hand in my life. Thank you I love and I miss you.
Keith Sharpe c\o 1992
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Friends from Illeshiem.
I am Allen Brinkman II, the proud son of Maj Allen R Brinkman. I can never tell you all enough how thankful we are for these heart warming tributes. We intend to let these posts tell the wonderful story of what a great teacher, father, friend, husband and solider he was to his 7 young grandchildren. Seeing these posts we are humbled and more importantly reaffirmed our thoughts about this special man. He will forever be in our prayers and we will strive to live the life he would have intended us to. He died with this quote next to his bed. He tried to live by it. As we will try as well
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
Thanks Maj Brinkman. I only participated in one year of JROTC, but your teaching carried over to the football field once I arrived at University of Georgia. Thanks a million, and if I am fortunate enough to get to Heaven; I know I will see you there. RIP Brother. Jody D. Hill Class of 1988....
My Condelences to the Brinkman's family...Maj Brinkman was a great man and Soldier. I wouldn't be the person i am today without his help preparing me for the military. I salute you and will never forget you. Thanks for all your help may you rest in peace. Val Phillips
My thoughts are with this family. Maj. Brinkmanship was a great man, teacher and leader. He has been an inspiration to me. He will be missed.
My condolences go out to Maj. Brinkman's family. I couldn't go without saying that if it weren't for Maj. Brinkman that I wouldn't have made it in the Army. Maj. Brinkman I salute you because u were and always will be a Stand Up guy. May GOD keep his family along this last mile of the journey.
I consider myself very fortunate for having known Major Brinkman. He was a true scholar and wise in many things. I was a freshman at Carver when he took over the JROTC program and was one of only a handful of seniors that were in his original class. He seemed to know what needed to be said and when to say it. I am saddened that I was never able to visit since leaving Columbus and even more so knowing I will never be able to shake his hand again. My deepest sympathies go out to his family. The world is a lesser place without his presence.
Class of 1985
JROTC at Carver High School was my anchor and were it not for Major Brinkman and Sgt. Sunday I do not know what would have become of me. He was a huge influence in my life and I still have the articles I wrote for the Ledger on behalf of our Drill Team. The world is sorely lacking in men of his caliber and he will be missed. My deepest sympathies to his family.
I just got the news today of Maj. Brinkmans passing. He was an amazing teacher, friend, and stand in parent at times. I was an JROTC student at Carver High school where he taught. He contributed greatly to the person I am, he taught me to be a leader, listen, and be patient. One truly amazing man!
Maj. Brinkman, as I write these words I can see your smile :) thank you for the direction you lead so many of us....
Rest Peaceful! You touched so many. I would not be who I am today without your mentoring. I was as scared as I have ever been at several events during JROTC at camp and in front of people at school. Your calm was amazing and I never completely got it, but I keep trying. I have the opportunity to lead as you taught, and I am proud that I learned it from you! No regrets except not coming back to see you more.
MAJ Argue, John L.
Carver Tigers "88"
To the Brinkman Family,
I am deeply sadden to learn of the passing of Major(R) Allen R. Brinkman. I contacted him this past summer, just to catch up and will miss doing so very much. He taught me from 1984 to 1988 in JROTC, I return over the years and have kept in touch with him since he retired and I will miss him. He had a profound impact on my life and I will always be greatful to him for that and his example of service to his students and our nation. He has touched so many lives. He will be missed by many.
KEITH C. YOUNG
MAJ, CA, USAR
Yes, Allen was my first cousin . His mother and my father were brother and sister. My dad was Horace Thibodeaux. I can remember all the good times we had in Louisiana growing up.He was a very nice, always polite and easy to get along with. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
He will be greatly missed. I will never forget the things you have taught me and the knowledge and determination you have instilled in me. May you rest in peace.
Here is another photo of Uncle Al and his band of WO's, a Major, and another Capt.
He was a born leader.
Al was a goood soldier and pilot but more than that he was my friend. My sympathy to Al's family. John Paull Sidekick 6 92d AHC
If one pix is worth a thousand words...
Uncle Al and his army of Warrant Officers, one of few officers that gained our hearts and souls.
Stallion 17, 92nd AHC
For the Brinkman family.
We called him "Uncle Al",cause he was an older, and second tour guy.(And besides that a captain!) We were younger, and first tour WO1's,"naive",simple,bullet proof kids. He took care of us in a way I'm sure he took care of everyone else in his life.
Clear right Uncle Al
"ski" - stallion 10 - 92nd AVN
I send the condolences of all the members of the 92nd Assault Helicopter Company with whom Major Brinkman served in Vietnam. His service and dedication to our country will not be forgotten. Stallion 16 will remain in our memories and our hearts.
Brinkman Families-sorry to just learn of Al's deprture. We served together in Vietnam and he took over the 2nd Platoon after I left. Wishing the very best to your families.
I had the pleasure of serving with Al in Vietnam. There was no finer officer or man, in my estimation, in the unit. I'm sorry to hear that I missed the chance to renew our friendship. Go with God
My deepest sympathy to you Mrs. Brinkman and family. Your husband was a fantastic Combat Pilot and Commander. I am proud to have flew many combat hours with your husband and father. He is now one of God's pilots. Sir rest in peace. Your Crewchief Richard Gaytan, Ssg Ret. USAR
RIP Major Brinkman. Will forever have good memories of you from the military
Major Brinkman you were such a big part of my high school years your lessons extended beyond JROTC into life. Thank you for all you did for us kids you will be truly missed.
I was a teacher with Major Brinkman at Carver High School for many years. He was a wonderful person.
A soldier of God, rest in peace.
There aren't enough words to express how very sorry I am at the loss of your husband, father and father-in-law. I continually keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
My sincere sympathy to the family of MAJ Brinkman. He was so helpful to me with many of the magnet programs at G. W. Carver High School.
Our prayers and thoughts are with the Brinkman family.
My condolences are with the family during this difficult time. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead. Rest in peace Major Brinkman
June & Family,
Major Brinkman served our grateful nation and the Muscogee County School District(Carver High School) admirably. He has touched and impacted the lives of thousands of Cadets.
He will be sadly missed. On behalf of our CTAE Director and The JROTC Family, our sincere condolences to you and your family, our prayers are with you.
Col. Roy Plummer
This seems so surreal... MAJ Brinkman touched many lives and was an inspiration to so many students at Carver...he was the epitome of a true servant...it didn't matter your race, creed, or color, he was there when u needed him...this educator was my inspiration for joining the United States Army. I will forever remember him...u will never be forgotten.
Sorry to hear of your loss. I worked with Major Brinkman at Carver for years. My prayers are with your family.
I will miss Major Brinkman. We taught together at Carver High School for years. He was always helpful, kind, and a great man.
I am deeply sadden to learn the passing of such a distinguished man. At Carver, he taught me to be a leader amongst other life lessons. I thank him for a great 4 years and I hope I will someday impact a young persons life like he impacted mine. I also pray for his family during this difficult time.
There are no words that can express how you all must feel, and it is impossible to make this time any easier. However, my greatest regret is not being able to tell or show him my gratitude or appreciation for all he taught and instilled in me as a student. I will miss him greatly. God called home and an angel that did complete His heavenly duty on earth.
My prayers and sympathy go out to the Brinkman family. Thank you Maj. Brinkman for the way you touched so many of our lives at Carver High School...even those of us not in ROTC. You will truly be missed.
To the Brinkman Family, Iam sorry to hear about MAJ Brinkman,Him and I work togather for over 15years in the Muscogee County JROTC. May God bless you all is my prayer.
HW Fails Columbus,Ga
I am so sorry for your loss Stefanie. Nothing can be said to make this any easier. I never had the privilege to meet your father, but know we are thinking about you and if there is anything we can do, please let us know.
Thank You Maj.for making me the person I am today pushing me to the limits of greatness in everything I do - going to miss you !!!
Major Brinkman taught me at Carver High for four years! He was by far the best their was and the best their will EVER BE!! My heart is so heavy right now, words cannot express my feelings! My condolences to the family and Mrs. Brinkman stay strong for Major is in a heavenly home watching over us all!
Major Brinkman, You were an amazing person, teacher and leader. You always managed to keep a smile on our faces no matter what during those JROTC years I remember the pep talks that you gave me before our drill meets to put me at ease. Thank you for the life lessons that you shared with all of your students...You are already missed!Carver High C/O 1999
I am so sorry to hear about this.. Major Brinkman was a wonderful influence on my son during the 4 years he attended Carver High School and always made sure to keep him on the right path... Many thanks, Major Brinkman, for your service, your firm, yet loving hand in leading our young people into their futures. Sending many Prayers to the family of this wonderful man!
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Major Brinkman was a wonderful teacher, and his influence has served me well throughout my years as a career Soldier. My thoughts and prayers are with his entire family. God Bless you all.
Maj Brinkman taught me to be MORE than I thought I could be. A great leader who knows how to pull out the strengths in others & through patience, encourage them to face their fears. I'll always cherish your memory!!! RIP Carver C/O '92
R.I.P. MAJ Brinkman...You taught us how to be ALL We Could Be never realizing we would end up ARMY STRONG! Thank You for 4 years of guidance and leadership and a lifetime of believing I can do whatever I put my mind to. Carver High School c/o 1992
Miss you already Dad, your contributions to people, country and family are beacons of light I can always look to in fog. I aspire to complete my life in the order you would have wished.
Our deepest condolences to your family. It was an honor meeting your dad last year, and I still remember how he beamed with joy and pride, surrounded by his lively and handsome grandsons. We all know that without men like your dad, willing to sacrifice themselves for others, our country definitely would not be the beacon of hope that exists today. Our prayers are with you all during this time, and we are here for you if you need anything.
Al - My friend and a helluva soldier. By far the best Senior Army Instructor I ever knew.
I'm sorry to hear about Major Brinkman. He taught me at carver for 3 years. He was tough on the outside, but soft in the middle. R.I.P.
I am sorry to hear about Major Brinkman. My prayers are with your family. Major Brinkman was an exceptional instructor and a man of great patience. He could be tough, when he knew I was not giving my all. He will be missed greatly.
Dear June, I was so sorry to hear about Allen's passing. Please know that I am thinking of you and your family and hoping that you find comfort in remembering what a thoughtful and wonderful man he was. I'll always be eternally grateful for all the kindness he showed my mother.
I am so sorry to hear about Allen Ray. My thoughts and prayers are with your family for peace and comfort. I enjoyed spending time with him and his family when we were young.