Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense
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.
Staff Sergeant James M. Christen, 29, of Loomis,
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
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
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
DATE OF BIRTH: 07/10/1982
DATE OF DEATH: 07/19/2011
BURIED AT: SECTION 60 SITE 9735
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
19 November 2011