Donaldson, Christopher B., CW2

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Last Rank
Chief Warrant Officer 2
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
154C-CH-47D Pilot
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
2005-2006, 154C, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division
Service Years
1997 - 2006
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Enduring Freedom

Aviation

Chief Warrant Officer 2


Two Service Stripes



One Overseas Service Bar


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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1977
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Illinois

Casualty Date
May 05, 2006
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died of Illness, Other Injury
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Afghanistan
Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Military Association Memberships
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 Ribbon Bar

Aviator Badge (Basic)
Air Assault Badge

 
 Unit Assignments
2nd Infantry Division1st Armored DivisionU.S. ArmyCombat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division
3rd Battalion (GS), 10th Aviation Regiment10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division
  1998-1999, 2nd Infantry Division
  2000-2002, 1st Armored Division
  2003-2004, 154C, Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS)
  2003-2004, 154C, Aviation Armament Warrant Officer Course
  2004-2005, 154C, Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division
  2005-2006, 154C, 3rd Battalion (GS), 10th Aviation Regiment
  2005-2006, 154C, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2006-2006 OEF-Afghanistan/Consolidation I (2001-06)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
www.drum.army.mil

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Christopher B. Donaldson, was killed in Kunar Province, Afghanistan May 5, 2006 while conducting ombat operations in support of Operation Enduring freedom. Donaldson, 28, was a CH-47 Chinook helicopter pilot assigned to Compnay B, 3/10th Avn, 10th Mtn Div. (LI), Fort Drum, NY.

A native of Illinois, Donaldson enlisted in the Army in September 1997. In April 2003, he began the Warrant Officer Candidate School to train as a helicopter pilot. He completed training to be an Army Aviator in 2004 and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division in November 2004. In April 2005, Donaldson was reassigned to Fort Drum to serve in the 10th Mountain Division. 

Donaldson's previous overseas assignments include a 14-month tour in Korea from April 1998 to June 1999. He also served in Germany from October 2000 to September 2002. Donaldson's miitary education includes the Army Maintenance Management Course, Electronic Warfare Officers Course, Aviation Warrant Officer Basic Coiurse,, Rotary Wing Aviator Course, and the Warrant Officer Candidate School. Donaldson is survived by his father, William of Beech City, Ill., and his mother, Lynne, Effingham, Illinois.


 He was interred in Faith Lutheran Church Cemetery, Shumway, Effingham County, Illinois.
   
Comments/Citation
B/3-10 AVN
#85-24349 "COLOSSAL 31"
A/C was conducting operations on a mountaintop LZ, in support of Operation Mountain Lion near Asadabad in Kunar province, when the rear M/R blades made contact with a tree, totally collapsing the rear rotor system 5 seconds after contact, causing the A/C to crash on a nearby cliff and catch fire.

Those lost:
CW3 Eric W. Totten [P]
CW2 Christopher B. Donaldson [P]
SSG Christopher T. Howick [FE]
SGT Jeffery S. Wiekamp [FE]
SGT Bryan A. Brewster [FE]

SGT John C. Griffith
LTC Joseph J. Fenty
SPC Justin L. O'Donohoe
PFC Brian M. Moquin Jr
SPC David Timmons Jr
   
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