PHOENIX, AZ, USA U.S. Army SFC, COMPANY A, 1ST BATTALION, 501ST INFANTRY, FORT RICHARDSON, AK BAGHDAD, IRAQ 03/16/2007
Sergeant First Class Christopher Robert Brevard was born in Missouri, grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and moved to Anchorage, Alaska in 1991 when his father relocated from Davis Montham Air Force Base.
As a young boy, he enjoyed airplane-model building. He graduated in 1994 from Anchorage’s Dimond High School, where he was a member of JROTC. Chris was a daredevil who loved motorcycles and skydiving and often spent his weekends four-wheeling or snowmobiling with his family.
He was a fun-loving man, who loved baseball, was an avid outdoorsman and an expert handyman who rebuilt two Volkswagen Beetles and often lent his skills to friends.
He joined the Army in August 1995, for the adventure. In 1997, he married and became a father of their first daughter later that same year. Chris attended motorcycle mechanic school in Phoenix during a brief break from military service, but soon re-enlisted. A second daughter was born in 1999.
He completed Jumpmaster school in 2005 and was selected as the Enlisted Honor Graduate in 2006 at the Ranger training course. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.
He was deployed to Iraq in October of 2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He died March 16, 2007, at the age of 31, in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit.
His wife, Amber Brevard, says his children were his life. “He was very adventurous and never liked to sit still. But above all, he was a father who treasured his two daughters, Emily and Jessica.”