On August 2, Chris Harris was killed when a suicide bomber attacked the NATO convoy he was assigned to in Afghanistan. He was one of two soldiers killed.
Harris was a Trailblazer and a Ranger at Cameron Boys Camp.
“Chris was an exceptional young man,” Cameron Boys Camp director Drew Scott said. “He was an example of friendship and understood group and team dynamics. He knew what it was to walk with others arm in arm.”
Chief Jim Blunk was one of the Trailblazer chiefs when Chris first arrived at Camp. “Chris was an energetic boy with a great sense of humor. I was proud of him when he joined the Army.”
Harris was a paratrooper and member of the “Devil Brigade” – 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division. He enlisted in October 2013 and was deployed June of this year –– it was his first deployment.
His commander said that he “regularly displayed the type of courage, discipline and empathy that the nation expects from its warriors.”
He and his wife Brittany married in the fall of last year. “Britt” had only learned she was pregnant with their first child weeks before Chris was killed. After learning he was going to be a dad, Britt said he was “ecstatic.” She said he “wanted to be a dad more than anything.”
“Chris’s mom and dad, Sue and Dennis Kolean, are a part of the Camp family,” Scott said. “Chris was successful at Camp because he worked hard and because his parents worked with him and were involved. Our heart breaks for them and Britt.”
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