In Memory of PFC Reno

04 December 2009

By CPT Ismael Ovalle, 1-21 Field Artillery Battalion

PFC Reno

Photo Provided by Mr. Bradley G. Reno

Private First Class Norman B. Reno wearing his Army Combat Uniform.

FORT HOOD, Texas - Private First Class Norman Bradford Reno was born on March 20, 1989, in Edmond, OK. Prior to joining the Army, PFC Reno worked at an oil company owned by his father and had the position of logger. Before working in his father’s company, PFC Reno worked at an electronics company as a driver and assembler.

PFC Reno completed One Station Unit Training (OSUT) in 2009 at Fort Jackson, SC. Relatives say PFC Reno joined the Army to better his life. Following OSUT, PFC Reno came to Fort Hood, TX and joined 575th Forward Support Company. Reno was selected by his company to serve as part of the company maintenance support team. His positive attitude and confidence in everything he did made him a truly valuable asset to the company and the battalion.

PFC Reno was known for his energetic personality. Reno would always go out of his way to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. He would never say no, on or off duty. His peers describe him as a good soldier, focused on becoming a Commissioned Officer through West Point and joining the Special Forces, like his father. He was a sincere person and mature beyond his years. He always had a positive attitude and made the best out of every situation.

PFC Reno has been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. PFC Reno was promoted to the rank of Private First Class and received the Army Commendation Medal posthumously.

PFC Reno was a great son, friend, and Soldier. He is survived by his mother Charlotte Menasco, sister Braiden Reno, sister Aimee Pippin and his father Brad Reno.