In Memory of SSG Christopher M. Falkel
SSG Christopher Falkel, 22, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, died on August 8, 2005, in Deh Afghan, Afghanistan, when his unit was conducting combat operations and was engaged by enemy forces using small arms fire. Falkel was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
|He was born September 29, 1982 in Massachusetts.
Chris was a graduate of Thunder Ridge High School.
He enlisted in the Army in October of 2001. He attended basic training, advanced individual training and basic airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia. In May 2002, he moved to Fort Bragg, N.C., and was assigned to the 1st Special Warfare Training Group, where he began training to become a Special Forces weapons sergeant. Falkel attended the Special Forces Arabic Language Course and the Special Forces Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course. He graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in June 2003.
His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal
with Valor device, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, Army
Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense
Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism
Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NCO
Professional Development Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Basic
Parachutist Badge and the Special Forces Tab.
Memorials to Christopher Falkel.
August 10, 2005. "DoD Identifies Army Casualty". DoD News Release.
August 10, 2005. "Special Forces Soldier dies in Afghanistan". USASOC News Service.
August 10, 2005. "Colorado Green Beret Dies In Afghanistan Firefight". The Denver Channel.
August 11, 2005. "Fort Bragg soldier killed in Afghanistan". The News & Observer.
August 11, 2005. "Birthday call home was soldier's last". FortBraggNC.com.
August 12, 2005. "Grieving
father calls soldier "my warrior . . . my hero . . . my
son"". Denver Post.
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