KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (9/7/2011) – Warhorse Brigade mourns the loss of one of our own, who was killed Sept. 3 while conducting a dismounted patrol with Afghan uniformed police partners in Kandahar City.
Spc. Christopher John Scott, a 21 year-old native of Tyrone, N.Y., was assigned to 561st Military Police Company, 716th MP Battalion, attached to 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division while deployed.
“As a leader I couldn't ask for a better soldier,” said Sgt. Christopher Coats, a team leader with the 561st MP Company. “The way [he] conducted [himself] on a daily basis was 100 percent professional.”
Scott enlisted in the U. S. Army in July 2009 as an military policeman and was stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky. He earned the Air Assault Badge in April 2010. He deployed to Afghanistan in July 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 11-12.
“I never met anyone so excited to serve their country and do what we were trained to do taen he,” said Spc. Daniel Osieczanik, an MP with the 561st MP Company.
“Spc. Scott served with distinction in our nation's battle against terrorism,” said Lt. Col. John Cook, commander, 1st Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg. “As an MP, Christopher was a peace maker fighting to improve the proficiency of the AUP and to gain justice for the oppressed in Kandahar City.”
“Chris had a positive impact on all those he met,” said Capt. William Cross, commander, Company A, 1st Sqdn., 10th Cav. Reg. “He was the consummate go-to guy.”
A memorial in Scott's honor was held in southern Afghanistan, Sept. 7.
During the memorial, Coats addressed Scott, “Not only were you a great soldier but a great friend.”
He added, “You were always there to lighten the mood whether by putting a stupid look on your face or your numerous sound effects. There will forever be a void in my life without you.”
Scott was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Service Ribbon, and Combat Action Badge.
Scott is survived by his parents Kenneth and Tammy Scott, his two brothers Mike and Daniel Scott, and his fianc� Tori.
In closing, Osieczanik addressed Scott, “You were my best friend, my brother and my hero. We love you. Air assault!”
By Army Sgt. Ruth Pagan
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