age-bottle
age-bottle

You must be of legal
drinking age to enter this site.

Evan Williams® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
Bardstown, KY 43% Alc./Vol. ©2019
Think Wisely. Drink Wisely.®

img
special top special top

Brad Risley

SPC
ARMY

Prev Hero Next Hero

Brad Risely joined the Army at 30 years old. With a son on the way, Brad was struggling to support his family. Motivated to provide the best for his growing family, he studied to enlist with an advanced placement as a Specialist in Afghanistan. "Everything I had in the Army I earned. I worked hard for everything I did, even before I joined."

While overseas, his will to provide took on a deeper meaning for a larger cause: defending his country. Where others saw a broken satellite system, Brad saw an opportunity to make his country stronger. "'I wanted to go above and beyond and be the reliable person for my section," he said. Within a month he repaired the program, making it fully functional for the first time. His hard work saved lives and earned him the Army Achievement Medal in Afghanistan.

Back home, Brad plans to continue to care for his family and fellow veterans in his community. "Just because I'm not in the military any more doesn't mean that my oath to my country has ended," he said. Currently working full time while attending nursing school, Brad hopes to serve again one day at a VA hospital.

Brad’S PHOTO GALLERY

After returning from deployment
After returning from deployment
Receiving their combat patches for deployment
Receiving their combat patches for deployment
Saluting his commanding officer after receiving the AAM during deployment
Saluting his commanding officer after receiving the AAM during deployment
Receiving an AAM from his batallion commander
Receiving an AAM from his batallion commander
Field training exercise with the batallion fire direction officer
Field training exercise with the batallion fire direction officer
Waiting to do color guard for the national anthem with his platoon sergeant
Waiting to do color guard for the national anthem with his platoon sergeant
AIT graduation with his fiance
AIT graduation with his fiance
St. Barbara's Ball with his wife
St. Barbara's Ball with his wife
St. Barbara's ball with soldiers from his section
St. Barbara's ball with soldiers from his section
Change of Responsibility ceremony
Change of Responsibility ceremony
Cornering his buddy on his way to winning a boxing tournament
Cornering his buddy on his way to winning a boxing tournament
Welcome home ceremony the day they returned from Afghanistan
Welcome home ceremony the day they returned from Afghanistan
Knocking out some pull-ups for a contest during deployment.
Knocking out some pull-ups for a contest during deployment.
Cornering his buddy during the championship fight of the
Cornering his buddy during the championship fight of the

Nominate Your Hero

We've found our American-Made Heroes, but now we want you to tell us about the heroes in your life. Nominate your military hero and he or she could receive a gift of thanks from Evan Williams as well as have a chance to become an official Evan Williams American-Made Hero.

Tell Your Hero’s Story