- 24 years old
- Date of birth: Nov 15, 1985
- Date of passing: Jan 28, 2010
|Let the memory of SSgt. Rusty be with us forever|
Staff Sgt. Rusty H. Christian, 24, of Greenville, Tenn., died Jan. 28 in Oruzgan province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
Rusty loved life, fishing, camping and all outdoor activities. He loved to
take his jeep and go up into the mountains and sit for hours enjoying
the beauty. After joining the army and getting stationed in FT Lewis
WA he met and married Amber. They later had a beautiful baby girl
Taylor and then a son Gavin. Rusty adored his children, wife and
family. If you ever had the honor to meet him, you would love him. A
true man of honor.
His military education also includes the U.S. Army Airborne School,
Advanced Leaders Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Combat Life Savers
Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, Defense
Language Institute Indonesian Course and the Special Forces
All Medals Received
awards and decorations include two Army Commendation Medals, Army
Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service
Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with one campaign star, Global War on
Terrorism Service Medal, Non-commissioned Officer Professional
Development Ribbon with numeral 2 device, Army Service Ribbon, the
Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Valorous Unit Award and the Meritorious
Unit Citation, Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert
Infantryman Badge and the Special Forces tab.
He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart,
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star and the Meritorious
All Awards Received
volunteered for the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course and
completed the Special Forces Qualification Course in August 2009. He
was then assigned to 2nd Bn., 1st Special Forces Group at Fort Lewis
as a SF Engineer Sergeant.
"Went to visit you Sunday 11/13 it was a beautiful day. Left you a picture of your mom, dad and little ones who are getting so big. I love you Rusty. That will never change."
"I love you and miss you so much. Today, it's been 4 yrs, and yet it seems like yesterday when we received the news. You will always be with us, you will never be alone and you will never be forgotten. Your smile shines down on us every day. How blessed we are to have you as our angel. forever...with every memory."
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