In Memory of SFC Christopher L. Robinson


Sergeant First Class Christopher L. Robinson, age 36, of Brandon, Mississippi, was killed on March 25, 2006 in a firefight during a combat patrol near the Sangain District of Helmand Province, Afghanistan.  He was a Special Forces Communications Sergeant assigned to 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group based in Jackson, Mississippi.  2nd Bn, 20th SFG(A) was mobilized in September 2005 for Operation Enduring Freedom.

Chris Robinson graduated from Madison High School.  He had also been an Eagle Scout.  His hobbies included fishing, hunting, camping, skydiving, reading military books and watching James Bond and Clint Eastwood movies.

SFC Robinson enlisted in the Army in 1987 as a radio operator.  After his Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training, he attended the Basic Airborne Course and the Special Forces Qualification Course to become a Communications Sergeant.  While serving with 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group he deployed overseas numerous times to include Bolivia, Argentina, Haiti, Kosovo, Afghanistan and other locations.  He was also a member of the Mississippi National Guard Counter Drug Task Force from 1992 through 2005 and served as an intelligence analyst for the Gulf Coast High Density Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

His military education included the Primary Leadership Development Course, Spanish Language Course, Basic and Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Courses, Spanish Jumpmaster Course and Military Free Fall Course along with numerous tactical weapons courses.

Robinsonís awards and decorations include the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, United Nations Medal, NATO Medal, Basic Parachutist Badge, Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge, Argentinean Parachutist Badge, Bolivian Jumpmaster Parachutist Badge, Italian Parachutist Badge, Paraguayan Parachutist Badge, Peruvian Parachutist Badge, Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge and Special Forces Tab.

This was SFC Robinson's second tour in Afghanistan.  His first deployment was also with 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group during 2003-2004. 

He was laid to rest in the Natchez Trace Cemetery on Saturday after a memorial service at the First Baptist Church in Madison, Mississippi where he had been baptized. He left behind a wife and two small children ages 5 and 1.  A trust fund for SFC Robinson's family has been established at the Trustmark National Bank.

Websites Honoring SFC Robinson.

Legacy Guest Book for Chris Robinson.

In Remembrance.

News Articles About SFC Robinson.

March 25, 2006.  "Service members killed, wounded in action in Helmand Province".  Combined Forces Command - Afghanistan Press Release.

March 25, 2006.  "Service members killed, wounded in action in Afghanistan".  CENTCOM News Release.

March 25, 2006.  "U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan battle".  CNN.

March 26, 2006.  "Mississippi Army National Guardsman Dies".  WLBT 3 Jackson, MS.

March 26, 2006.  "Soldier from Brandon killed in Afghanistan".  The Biloxi SunHerald.

March 26, 2006.  "Guard soldier from Brandon killed in Afghanistan".  The Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

March 27, 2006.  "DoD Identifies Army Casualty".  Department of Defense News Release.

March 27, 2006.  "Special Forces Soldier killed in Afghanistan"  USASOC News Service.

March 27, 2006.  "Metro soldier killed in battle in Afghanistan".  The Clarion-Ledger.

March 29, 2006.  "Miss. Guardsman Killed In Afghanistan To Be Laid To Rest". News.

March 29, 2006.  "Mississippi Guardsman killed in Afghanistan to be laid to rest".  The Sun Herald.

March 30, 2006.  "Mississippi Soldier's Body Returned Home".  WLBT 3.

March 30, 2006.  "Soldier to be buried Saturday".  the Clarion-Ledger.

March 31, 2006.  "SFC Christopher Robinson: 'A Good and Genuine Person'".  WLBT 3.

April 1, 2006.  "Hundreds mourn soldier killed in Afghanistan".  The Clarion-Ledger.

April 1, 2006.  "Mississippi Soldier Laid to Rest".  WLBT 3.

April 2, 2006.  "Soldier's humor remembered".  The Clarion-Ledger.

April 5, 2006.  "Soldier made service his life calling".  Madison County Journal.

April 5, 2006.  "Remembering a fallen hero: Christopher Lee Robinson, 1970-2006".  Madison County Journal.

February 7, 2007.  "Painter Dedicates Time To Wall Of Honor".  Scott County Times.


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