Thursday, April 19, 2012

Army Spc. Chris J. Workman

Remember Our Heroes

Army Spc. Chris J. Workman, 33, of Boise, Idaho

Spc Workman was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii; died April 19, 2012 in Divalak, Helmand province, Afghanistan, when his Black Hawk (UH-60) crashed. Also killed were Chief Warrant Officer 2 Nicholas S. Johnson, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Don C. Viray and Spc. Dean R. Shaffer.

Chris attended St. Nicholas Catholic grade school, West Minico Junior High and graduated from Minico High School in 1997. Chris and his older brother, Harry, were the best of friends growing up, being only 18 months apart. They loved doing everything together from hunting, fishing and hanging out together. Every moment they had was truly special, especially being with their Dad while hunting and fishing.

When Harry married his wife, Sharlie, Chris was blessed with two nieces, Aubree and Sophie, whom Chris adored. Chris graduated from Idaho State University in 2003 with a business degree. After graduation, Chris worked for Alliance Title Company and Title One Company. Chris fell in love with Camille Rudeen in Boise, Idaho, and was determined to make her his bride.

On November, 2009, they were married in Maui, Hawaii. With their union, Chris gained a step-son Cole, whom he loved very much. Chris and Cole had a great relationship, learning so much from each other. Cole loved having Chris as a step-father, and he learned so much about life and the military from him. As a little boy Chris dreamed of becoming a soldier, but his official military career began in 2008 when he joined the Army Reserves at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.

The Reserves solidified his desires to become an active duty soldier. The following year he enlisted into active duty service and was assigned to Schofield Barracks, Oahu, Hawaii. He was initially assigned to the 8th Military Police Brigade, 71st Chemical Company, and later transferred to the 25th ID Combat Aviation Brigade.

Chris was deployed to Afghanistan in January 2012. Family and friends have said they were blessed to be together this past Christmas when Chris, Camille, and Cole came home to Idaho to spend the holidays. We all have such great memories of humorous moments, and quirky happenings. Chris had the pleasure of hunting and fishing with his dad, his brother Harry and Cole over the holiday break. They also loved to play their video games being quite competitive with one another. Spending this time together was such a joy and a gift of opportunity for Chris.

Army Spc. Chris J. Workmanwas killed in action on 4/19/12.

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