James M. Christen
 Staff Sergeant, United States Army
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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release
 
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 639-11
July 21, 2011
 
DOD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

They died July 19, 2011 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device.  They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Killed were:

Staff Sergeant James M. Christen, 29, of Loomis, California

Sergeant Jacob Molina, 27, of Houston, Texas.

For more information media may contact the 25th Infantry Division public affairs office at 808-655-6351.


U.S. Army Staff Sgt. James M. Christen, 29, a 2000 Del Oro High School graduate, died in Afghanistan on Tuesday, July 19, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, the Department of Defense announced today.

JM Christen US Army PHOTO
 
According to Gold Country Media archives, as a Del Oro senior, Christen received the Army College Fund Award.
 
Art Brown, 28, of Roseville, served with Christen in 2006 when they were both stationed with the 173rd Airborne Unit, in Italy.
 
Brown, a 2001 Granite Bay High School graduate, said Christen was an air traffic controller at the time.
 
“He was really a stand-up guy – an all-around good person. He was the nicest guy,” Brown said.
 
Brown described Christen as the type of person “if you needed something, he’d give the shirt off his back.”
 
Brown also said Christen treated lower-ranked military members with respect. 

“You respected him because he gave you respect. He wanted us to do well,” Brown, who now works in law enforcement, said.
 
Brown also said Christen was a “quiet guy” who didn’t try to be the center of attention.
 
The Department of Defense said Christen, who was married, was killed in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Christen was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
 
This was Christen’s third deployment overseas. He previously served two tours in Iraq.
 
Christen’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart (both posthumous), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Star, Iraq Campaign with Star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Profession Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge.
 
Fuzzy Jarnigan, commander of American Legion Post 775, in Loomis, said he was “extremely proud” of Christen for the patriotism he displayed in serving his country and the commitment he made.
 

CHRISTEN, JAMES M   
SSG   US ARMY 
AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ 
DATE OF BIRTH: 07/10/1982 
DATE OF DEATH: 07/19/2011 
BURIED AT: SECTION 60  SITE 9735 
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
 

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Posted: 19 November 2011
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JM Christen Gravesite PHOTO By Eileen Horan November 2011

JM Christen Gravesite PHOTO By Eileen Horan November 2011

JM Christen Gravesite PHOTO By Eileen Horan November 2011
Photos By Eileen Horan, November 2011