Christopher M. Falkel

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Staff Sgt. Christopher M. Falkel

Weapons Sergeant, 1st Battalion

3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) 

Fort Bragg, N.C.

22, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado

KIA during combat operations near Deh Afghan, Afghanistan

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Staff Sgt. Christopher M. Falkel 

was born on Sept. 29, 1982 in Massachusetts. 

He was a Special Forces 

weapons sergeant 

assigned to 1st Battalion

3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Fort Bragg, N.C. 

Falkel died during combat operations near Deh Afghan, Afghanistan 

Aug. 8, 2005 while he was deployed in

 support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

His parents, Jeffery and Dianne Falkel, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., survive him.

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.


He joined the Army in October 2001 as an infantryman with his ultimate goal being a Special Forces Soldier. He attended basic training, advanced individual training and basic airborne training at Fort Benning, Ga. 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. Upon graduation, Falkel was then assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C., where he was deployed overseas in June 2005 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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"When you think of a Special Forces soldier, that was Chris." 


Dianne Falkel said the family did not wish to comment beyond this statement: "Two parents could not be more proud of their son. He was very, very special and dedicated and considered it an honor to serve his country." 

"Chris took part in air assault raids deep in enemy territory," said Gant, who was one of Falkel's unit commanders.

 "The details have not been released, but Chris went down in a battle that will make the annals of Special Forces history." 


As rain pounded relentlessly Wednesday afternoon, military personnel and friends visited Soldiers arrive for the memorial service. Chris died doing what he loved the most, with the men he loved the most and the men who loved him dearly, said Capt. Jim Gant.  Christopher Falkel s family, friends and fellow soldiers more than 100 people gathered Tuesday at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Centennial to honor the Green Beret from Highlands Ranch. 

Falkel enlisted in October 2001. His goal was to become a Special Forces soldier. 

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**Information from SFAHQ.com, The Department of Defense, USASOC used in this Article.

 

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