Tabasum Sharqi (left) opens a book she received for graduating at the top of her Fatima Girls High School class at a ceremony held at the Kunar Department of Women’s (click for more)
Soldiers from the Polish Army and the Texas National Guard Agribusiness Development Team-IV check their shot grouping during qualification on the Polish AK-74 5.56 mm Mini-Beryl short assault rifle Feb. (click for more)
U.S. Army Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke, play an impromptu game of volleyball against a team (click for more)
Dr. Mehirulla Muslim, the Nurgaram District subgovernor, addresses an audience of teachers, government officials and citizens during a ceremony to celebrate a completed solar panel electricity project Feb. 21 in (click for more)
U.S. Army Spc. Raheem Stewart, an automations specialist with TF Phoenix, steps along the rafters of the building his team helped wire for communications. Stewart, from Dallas, was one of (click for more)
An Afghan National Army soldier from Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 201st Infantry Regiment, searches a pile of rocks in the courtyard of a high-value target home outside the village of (click for more)
U.S. Army Capt. Nicole Zupka of Fair Lawn, N.J., a battlewatch captain with Combined Joint Task Force-Paladin, helps an Afghan child with her writing skills during female engagement team training (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army soldiers move through Kharwar District to prevent the Taliban’s freedom of movement Feb. 12. U.S. and Afghan soldiers braved more than 3 feet (click for more)
Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team II members, U.S. Army Spc. Justin Allen (left), a London, Ky., native, and U.S. Army Sgt. Nicholas Combs, a Corbin, Ky., native, get to know a (click for more)
PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Task Force Gambler Soldiers and friends held a memorial ceremony at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan in remembrance of a fallen pilot May 28.
U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Christopher Thibodeau, an AH-64 Apache helicopter pilot with Company C “Sidewinders”, TF Gambler, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Infantry Division, attached to TF Falcon, 10th CAB, 10th Mountain Div., died May 26 during a mission in Paktika Province.
The memorial was held just outside of the TF Gambler tactical operations center with the Chesterland, Ohio, native’s photo, rifle, boots, helmet and identification tags prominently displayed.
“Chris died doing what he loved doing, and what he volunteered to do, flying. Just like all of us he signed up to serve this great country,” said U.S. Army Capt. Casey Rumfelt of Bolivar, Mo., the commander of Co. C Sidewinders. “The biggest compliment he gave to me about the Sidewinders was how he wanted to stay one of us when we got back to Hood and on to Bliss. He looked me right in the eye and said ‘Sir, fight for me…’ with that I guaranteed him that I would; and I’ll never stop. Chris will always and forever be a Sidewinder, even after the colors have been cased.”
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Charles Bowery of Quinton, Va., the commander of Task Force Dragon and Thibodeau’s former commander, highlighted the fallen pilot’s professional skills.
“Chris impressed me with one salient character trait -- enthusiasm and a willingness to pitch in to any task,” said Bowery. “He worked hard at learning his trade as a pilot.”
Thibodeau is survived by his wife, Leesandra Thibodeau, and parents, Bob and Doreen Thibodeau.
Thibodeau’s awards include the Air Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon and the Army Service Ribbon.
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