Veteran Spotlight

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This month The Citizen salutes Staff Sgt. Christopher R. Stine who is serving as a 2012 Nov Veteran Spotlight resizedcommunications sergeant, with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) atFort CampbellKy.  He is currently preparing to leave for his fourth combat deployment, this time toAfghanistan.

Stine joined the United States Army on June 22, 2004 and completed basic training and advanced individual training at Fort BenningGeorgia, receiving his initial MOS as an 11B Infantry soldier. He then attended the U.S. Army Basic Airborne Course.  His first duty assignment was to 1st Brigade 82nd Airborne Division HHC 1st Battalion Scout platoon as a Scout Observer on a Reconnaissance Team.

During his time with the 1st Battalion 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne Division Stine completed 3 combat rotations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He served in a variety of positions to include radio/telephone operator, team leader, squad leader and platoon sergeant.

In October 2010 Stine attended Special Forces Assessment and Selection, and upon selection immediately entered the U.S. Army Non Commissioned Officers Primary Leadership and Development Course. Upon completion Stine entered the Special Forces Qualification course. He successfully completed all phases of the qualification course; Basic Non commissioned Officers Course, Survival Evasion and Escape School (SERE), and Defense Language Institute (Arabic) graduating in August of 2012. Staff Sgt. Stine was assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell Ky. and reported to 5th Special Forces Group on October 29th of 2012 and was assigned to Operation Detachment–Team 5331 as the communications sergeant.

Staff Sgt. Stine’s military schools and awards include Basic Airborne Course, Static Line Jump Master, and Reconnaissance/Surveillance Leaders Course. Stine’s awards include three Army Commendation medals, two Army Achievement medals, two Non-Commissioned Officer professional development awards, two Good Conduct medals, the Expert Infantryman Badge and the highly coveted Combat Infantryman Badge.

Staff Sgt. Stine is the son of Brenda Hansen-Ike and Chesapeake City Councilmen, Robert Ike. Stine moved toChesapeakeupon graduation from high school and attended theChesapeakecampus ofTidewaterCommunity CollegeonCedar Road.

Staff Sgt. Stine –The Citizen of Chesapeake salutes you and thanks you for your service to our nation.



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3 Responses to Veteran Spotlight

  1. Maria Sieloff Reply

    November 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Congratulations to Christopher and his great parents Robert and Brenda.

    Great family. We are proud of you!

    Lots of love,

    Paul and Maria Sieloff

  2. Tanya Brown Reply

    November 16, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Hope you & your family have a happy thanksgiving!

  3. DeAnna Brock Reply

    November 24, 2012 at 9:18 pm


    You are one of my favorite people. I’m sure your achievements speak volumes of what kind of person you have become. I suppose their are many people who know you much better than I do but one of my fondest memories of you is when you bought a car from me and with true integrity (because the definition of integrity is what you do when no one is looking) made every payment, without complaint.
    The point that brings a huge smile to my face every time I think of it, is Chris making every payment even when the back window of the car fell out while driving (no one was hurt) but I never heard one word about it being my duty or fault and I should be the one to replace. Instead, we had a great laugh about it and went on with our lives. You to be the man you are and well, me? just older and glad to know you. Keep your faith in the truth, thank you for your oath to the USA and never doubt that we appreciate your commitment. You matter much more than you may realize.

    DeAnna Brock

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