Posted: Apr 16, 2012 5:05 PM by Matt Stafford
Updated: Apr 16, 2012 8:54 PM
Family and friends are honoring the life of a Fort Carson soldier. A memorial was held Monday on the Mountain Post for 26-year-old Staff Sergeant Christopher Brown, who was on his 4th tour of duty when he was killed April 3rd in Afghanistan.
SSgt Brown was part of the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division. He had been deployed twice to Iraq, and was on his second deployment to Afghanistan when he was killed. The incident is still under investigation, but the Army says SSgt. Brown was part of a walking patrol in Kunar province when he died.
Capt. Shayne Heap tells News 5 SSgt. Brown's unit was early in their mission; less than 30 days in.
Fellow soldiers remember SSgt. Brown as a likable guy, and the kind of soldier who had your back.
"If we had more NCOs like that in the Army then we'd be a lot stronger than what we already are," says Staff Sergeant Aaron Lamb, who had worked with SSgt. Brown on a few different missions.
"He had an infectious laugh that even if his joke wasn't funny, his laugh would get everybody interested in whatever he was saying," adds Capt. Heap.
SSgt. Brown - originally from Columbus, Ohio - has been awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal among other decorations. He leaves behind a wife, a daughter, and a stepdaughter; his wife is also pregnant with their first son.