June 1, 2011

Chief Warrant Officer Christopher R. Thibodeau

DOD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Chief Warrant Officer Christopher R. Thibodeau, 28, of Chesterland, Ohio, died May 26 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his helicopter crashed during combat operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.

For more information on this soldier, media may contact the Fort Hood public affairs office at 254-449-4023.

Helicopter crash in Afghanistan kills Ohio soldier

CHESTERLAND, Ohio — The military says a northeast Ohio soldier assigned to a brigade in Texas has died in Afghanistan after a helicopter crash.

The Department of Defense says 28-year-old Army Chief Warrant Officer Christopher R. Thibodeau of Chesterland, Ohio, was injured in the crash during combat operations. He died Thursday in Afghanistan's Paktika province. He was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas.

Doreen Thibodeau tells The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland that her son was the oldest of three children and had wanted to fly since he was 8. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2004 and deployed last summer, weeks after marrying his wife, LeeSandra.

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