Speer, Christopher James, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Special Forces
Last Primary MOS
18D-Special Forces Medical Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Special Forces (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2000-2002, 18D, US Army Special Operations Command (Airborne) (USASOC)
Service Years
1992 - 2002


Special Forces
Sergeant First Class


Three Service Stripes



Four Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Colorado
Colorado
Year of Birth
1973
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Denver
Last Address
Albuquerque, NM

Casualty Date
Aug 07, 2002
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Afghanistan
Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Special Forces Group Army Special Operations Command


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 Military Association Memberships
GWOT Fallen
  2002, GWOT Fallen [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Medical 1st Award
Master ParachutistMilitary Freefall JumpmasterSpecial Operations Diver
Special Forces

 
 Unit Assignments
AMEDD Activity Carlisle Barracks, PAUS Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)3rd Special Forces Group AirborneUS Army Special Operations Command (Airborne) (USASOC)
  1993-1994, 91B10, AMEDD Activity Carlisle Barracks, PA
  1995-1997, 18D, US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)
  1997-1999, 18D, 3rd Special Forces Group Airborne
  2000-2002, 18D, US Army Special Operations Command (Airborne) (USASOC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2002 OEF-Afghanistan/Consolidation I (2001-06)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
SGT. 1ST CLASS CHRISTOPHER J. SPEER
Operation Enduring Freedom
Sgt. 1st Class Christopher J. Speer was born in Denver, Colo., on September 9, 1973 and enlisted in the U.S. Army on July 8, 1992.
After completing basic combat training, he graduated from the Medical Specialist course and was assigned to the U.S. Army Hospital at Carlisle Barracks, Penn.
In November 1994, Speer volunteered and was selected for Special Forces training. He completed his Special Forces training in early 1997 as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant (18D) and was assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C., in May of the same year.
He remained in 3rd Group for several years until his assignment to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. Speer deployed to Afghanistan this spring to augment special operations forces in the country. He was one of five soldiers wounded July 27.
Speer's awards and decorations include the Soldiers Medal, the Bronze Star Medal for valor, the Purple Heart, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and two Army Achievement Medals.
Speer was authorized to wear the Combat Medical Badge, Military Freefall Jumpmaster Badge, Scuba and Air Assault Badges and the Special Forces Tab.
His wife, Tabitha; daughter, Taryn; son, Tanner and mother, Betty, survive him.
   
Comments/Citation
Army Sgt. 1st Class Speer was assigned to U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Speer was wounded on July 27, 2002 during an attack in Afghanistan and died at a military hospital in Germany on August 7, 2002. Speer died of a head wound suffered when his reconnaissance patrol was ambushed near Khowst, in eastern Afghanistan. Six days before he received the wounds that killed him, Chris walked into a minefield to rescue two wounded Afghan children. He applied a tourniquet to one child and bandaged the other. Then he stopped a passing military truck to take the wounded children to a U.S. Army field hospital saving their lives. Chris enlisted in the Army on July 8, 1992. After completing basic combat training, he graduated from the medical-specialist course and was assigned to the Army Hospital at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. In November 1994, he volunteered and was selected for Special Forces training. He completed training in early 1997 as a Special Forces medical sergeant. He was assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg in May 1997. He remained in the 3rd Group for several years until he was assigned to U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg. Chris was remembered as a capable and confident soldier with an unflappable sense of humor. When the chips were down, he could pick up his co-workers with a smile and a laugh. They remembered him as a loving husband and father who had a sparkle in his eyes whenever he talked about his family. Chris leaves behind his wife, Tabitha, and his two children. His funeral was held at the Village Chapel, Pinehurst, North Carolina.
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
   
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