A solemn ceremony for a man who was about to begin a new chapter in his life. SPC Brian Penisten was on his way to Colorado to exchange marriage vows with his fiancé, but he never made it home. The Fort Carson soldier was killed in Iraq just days before his wedding.
He was on his way to the Baghdad airport to catch a flight home. That's when a missile knocked his Chinook helicopter out of the sky. On Friday, a tribute at the Mountain Post to this soldier who had so much good coming to him.
SPC Penisten's fiancé, Johnna Lioa, was waiting for him in Pueblo. But instead of planning for her wedding day, she now had to plan a funeral.
SPC Penisten was a mechanic with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment---an unsung hero to his fellow soldiers. He deployed in April. Two days before he left for Iraq, he proposed to his girlfriend, Johnna. Seven months later, the couple was supposed to get married.
SGT Derek McGlaughlin was in Iraq with SPC Penisten. His fondest memory with his friend---playing video games in the barracks.
Besides his fiancé, SPC Penisten is survived by his parents and his 4-year-old son.