"Nick would do anything for anybody who needed his help. He'd stick by his friends and never gave up on anybody. He had a great sense of humor, ever since he was a kid. For instance, once when he saw his pregnant mom drinking orange juice, he said 'mom, you're getting orange juice all over the baby!' Nick was intellectually curious and an avid reader. He was also a planner - he researched things, planned out and then followed through will all he said. He was a great musician who played many instruments including guitar, bass guitar, saxophone and drums. Nick loved fishing, camping, road trips, learning to fly as a member of the Civil Air Patrol and wrestling with his brother. He loved thrashing his truck and then fixing it; we recall digging him out of the snow and we all smiled through it. Nick loved his family, and everybody loved him," said his parents. The 116th CBCT is in the midst of a yearlong mobilization and deployment to Iraq as part of Operation New Dawn. The brigade, made up of 2,700 Citizen Soldiers from Idaho, Montana and Oregon, is expected to return to the U.S. in September of this year. The approximate numbers breakdown is: 1,500 from Idaho, 600 from Oregon, 600 from Montana.