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iHonor GWOT (Global War on Terror) Fallen: U.S. Army Green Beret Staff Sergeant Christopher M. Falkel of Highlands Ranch, CO
[ 1st of 3 Highlands Ranch residents killed during GWOT (Global War on Terror) ] US Army Staff Sergeant (SSG) Chris Falkel, 22, served as part of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Green Berets) out of Fort Bragg, NC Killed in action, on August 8, 2005, by sniper fire, during 54-hour Battles of Mari Ghar in Deh Afghan, Afghanistan. Posthumously decorated with Silver Star (3rd highest award for valor) for saving the lives of his 10 teammates and 16 members of the Afghan National Army assigned to his team
We honor and thank Green Beret Staff Sergeant Falkel for defending our freedoms and fighting to liberate the lives of others.
[ Units to which Falkel was assigned - as per TogetherWeServed.com ]
Keep scrolling through SSG Falkel's bio to get an explanation of the meaning of each Fallen Soldier Table element (near bottom) and reach the section where you can share your message of Memorial Day gratitude ... and be entered into a drawing to be gifted this iHonor American Flag commemorating SSG Falkel - flying it proudly at your home or biz
Christopher M. Falkel Born September 24, 1982 in Boston, MA Adventurous, purposeful, athletic boy who always wanted to be a soldier Grew up in Athens, Ohio (1984-90) and Highlands Ranch, CO Student at Northridge Elementary, Cresthill Middle School, and ThunderRidge HS 2001 Graduate of ThunderRidge HS Enlisted in U.S. Army and completed Basic Training, Advanced Infantry Training, and Airborne School at Ft. Benning, GA In May 2003, graduated from Special Forces Qualification Course
Assigned to Operational Detachment Alpha 316 (ODA 316), Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Served as Special Forces Weapons Sergeant (18B) First combat deployment, Feb. 2004, to Gereshk, Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Promoted to Staff Sergeant on November 1, 2004 2nd combat deployment, June 2005, to Afghanistan From August 7 - 8, 2005, fought valiantly as .50cal gunner, during 54-hour Battles of Mari Ghar, a battle that "will make the annals of Special Forces history," according to Gant, one of Falkel's unit commanders Because of Falkel's heavy and accurate fire against the enemy, putting himself in harms way to protect his teammates numerous times, he was specifically targeted and shot by an enemy sniper during the 5th of 7 enemy engagements during the 54-hour battle Posthumously decorated with Silver Star and Purple Heart Survived by mom, Diane, dad, Jeff, and brother, Tim
Inspirational Quote about SSG Chris Falkel "Chris was a warrior! Since an early age he always had it in him. He was brave beyond belief and always by your side if you needed him." -Sahagun, Chris' neighbor and childhood buddy who went into the US Marine Corps
Check out these videos about Chris' life
[ SSG Falkel's military decorations according to TogetherWeServed.com
Sources for iHonor Flag tribute CLICK HERE to review his tribute at the Military Time's Honor the Fallen site
GO HERE to see portrait of Chris Falkel on the Fallen Heroes Project site
CLICK HERE to review SSG Falkel's memorial on ArlingtonCemetery.net
GO HERE to read his obituary and messages of condolence on Legacy.com
CLICK HERE to view the TogetherWeServed.com tribute to SSG Falkel
iHonor American Flag : Visitor Comments for SSG Falkel ... reviewed & posted here from newest to oldest ...
SSG Chris Falkel, thanks to you and your dad, for being one of the first inspirations to start the Flag Steward nonprofit and this iHonor American Flag program. I am eternally grateful to be able to share your engaging, patriotic story, along with potentially 7000 other GWOT (Global War on Terror) Fallen's. - from Sean S. on 5/17/19
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What is represented on the iHonor Fallen Soldier Table:
The white tablecloth symbolizes the purity of the Fallen's answer to our country’s call to arms The single red rose signifies the blood they shed for our freedom The red ribbon symbolizes our continued determination to never forget their sacrifice The candle represents the light of hope that our other brothers and sisters in arms will return home safely The Bible symbolizes the prayers we offer for the Fallen and their family & friends in mourning The slice of lemon represents the bitter fate of those who died on foreign soil The pinch of salt signifies the tears shed for those who have fallen The glass is inverted because they cannot toast with us The black napkin represents the sorrow for our fallen The Purple Heart Medal is given to those wounded or killed during combat action And, the folded American Flag represents the military burial flag given to the family of our fallen
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iHonor American Flag dedicated to Staff Sergeant (SSG) Christopher M. Falkel posted and flying at Flag Steward HQ before delivery to Chick-fil-A for its iHonor Fallen Soldier Table [zoom-in on pic]
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