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Army Sgt. Christopher D. Gailey

Died November 1, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


26, of Ochelata, Okla.; assigned to 700th Brigade Support Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma National Guard, Tulsa, Okla.; died Nov. 1, in Laja Ahmad Khel, Paktya province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device. Also killed was Army Pfc. Sarina N. Butcher.



2 Oklahoma soldiers killed in Afghanistan

The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — A female soldier and a fellow Oklahoma National Guard member have been killed in combat in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense announced Wednesday that 19-year-old Pfc. Sarina Butcher of Checotah and 26-year-old Spc. Christopher Gailey of Ochelata died Tuesday when their vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device in Paktia province.

The Oklahoma National Guard says Butcher is the first female Oklahoma National Guard soldier to be killed during wartime and also is the youngest Guard member to die in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. She joined the National Guard in April 2010.

Gailey enlisted in the National Guard in 2004 and was previously deployed to Iraq in 2007.

Both were assigned to the Tulsa-based 700th Brigade Support Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.



Soldier killed by bomb remembered for positive attitude

The Associated Press

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — Thousands of mourners turned out in Bartlesville for the funeral of a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan.

The Tulsa World reports that Sgt. Christopher Drew Gailey was remembered at Saturday's funeral for his kindness and positive attitude.

Gailey was killed Nov. 1 in Afghanistan's Paktia Province when an improvised explosive device detonated near their military vehicle during a supply mission.

He was killed in the same attack that killed 19-year-old Spc. Sarina Butcher, 19, of Checotah. Her funeral was Friday in Prescott, Ark.

Gailey and Butcher were assigned to Company F, 700th Brigade Support Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, based in Sand Springs.

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