|Bryan Foster, President / Licensed Funeral Director (Wisconsin; Illinois)|
Mobile Phone: 608-661-3691
Sergeant First Class Bryan Foster (retired) enlisted into the U.S. Army as a Logistics Specialist in March 1990 from East St. Louis, Illinois. He first served as a Logistician 188th Ordinance Company, 2/52 Hawk Missile Battalion, 18th Airborne Corp Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 1990 thru 1991.
In 1991, Sergeant First Class Foster (ret) was reassigned, as a Logistician, to 590 Support and Service Company, 22d Support Command, Saudi Arabia and then to the Defense Reutilization Marketing Office where he assisted in the redeployment and reassignment of over 3000 military vehicles.
In 1992, he became Section Chief in 555 Maintenance Company, 2/52 Patriot Missile Battalion, Fort Polk, Louisiana. In 1994, after serving as a Section Chief, he was reassigned to 44th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Howze Korea, as a Nuclear Biological Chemical Specialist Non Commission Officer (NBC-NCO). His duties were to train 100 Soldiers to protect themselves from any Nuclear Biological Chemical threats. In 1995, he became NBC-NCO at E-Troop, 2nd Armored Calvary Regiment, Fort Polk, LA. Then NBC-NCO at 603rd Transportation Company, Fort Polk, LA then in 1997 he was reassigned as a recruiter to St. Louis Recruiting Battalion, St. Louis, MO. After completing his tour in St. Louis, in 2000 he was assigned to 20th Support Group, 19th TAACOM, Korea as the Installation NCO of the 3 Bases, Area IV In/Out Processing Center Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) and Platoon Sergeant. In 2001, Sergeant First Class Foster (ret) was then assigned as the Senior Human Resources Sergeant and Administrative Supervisor to Human Resources Command, St. Louis, MO. In 2004, Sergeant First Class Foster (ret) was selected to his final assignment as a Recruiter in the Madison Recruiting Station, Milwaukee Recruiting Battalion.
His 20 years of patriotic service included 2 Combat Tours one Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and Operation Joint Endeavor, Bosnia.
Sergeant First Class Foster (ret) awards and decorations include Presidential Certificate of Appreciation from President Obama, 2 Meritorious Service Medal, 3 Army Commendation Medal , 1 Joint Service Achievement Medal, 3 Army Achievement Medal , 6 Army Good Conduct Medal, 1 National Defense Service Medal, 3 Southwest Asia, 1 Korea Defense Service Medal, 1 Global War on Terrorism Medal, 1 Armed Forces Service Medal, 1 Saudi Arabia-Kuwait Liberation Medal, 1 Kuwait Liberation Medal, 1 NATO Medal (Bosina), 2 Army Superior Unit Award, Army Recruiter Gold Badge with 3 Sapphires, Army Recruiter Ring of Excellence and the Army Glen Morrell Medallion.
Sergeant First Class Foster holds a Master’s of Science in Human Service specialized in Health Care Administration, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Art Degree in General Education and Associate of Arts Degree in Education From Columbia College; Associate of Science in Funeral Service from American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service; National Funeral Directors Certified Planning Consultant. Sergeant First Class Foster retired from the United States Army in March 2010.
Sergeant First Class Foster (ret) memberships are National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association, National Funeral Directors Association, 100 Blackmen of Madison, Madison Black Chamber of Commerce, Prince Hall Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star Lodge, National American Black Veteran Association, Life-Member of Disable American Veterans and VFW Member.
The funeral service profession is a well respected career that incorporates interpersonal communication skills and allow for one to offer compassion relationship, with a total stranger, to assist in the final wishes of family and the love-one that has passed away. I posses the characteristics, ethics and values that spearheads, the professionalism, that is needed in the funeral service profession. As we move forward into the next generation of funeral directors, I would like to offer families with the best moral practice that will assist them with arranging a the life celebration.
Funeral Directors touch almost every one’s life at one point or another. Funeral Directors are important because funeral services are important. Families need compassionate counseling and practical advice during the time of grief. In the aftermath of a loss, memories of the service can provide comfort to survivors at that time and during the years to come.
After serving in the military for 2 decades and working in multiple funeral homes, caring for others has becomes a part if my existence. Defending our great nation has been a pleasure. Now serving in the funeral profession, I can continue serving the people of the United States with attention-to- detail, providing a WOW Factor to the many families that I will serve. The funeral director meets with the people who wish to arrange and plan a funeral for themselves or that of a loved one. With technology being the wave of the future, I would like to establish service that will be a memorable event for families and friends that I will serve. Moreover, offering a limitless service to a family that may want a service with an outside the box arrangement.
Becoming a funeral director has been a life-long dream and now is the time for me to adventure into the field that I left to serve my country, almost 20 years ago. With the many leadership skills that have been acquired in the military and the several funeral homes over the past 25 years, it will be my privilege to take care of families when I am called upon. By placing the needs of others before by own, has been a trait from my military leadership that will be well needed in my funeral service profession.