They died Nov. 1, in Paktia province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 700th Brigade Support Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma National Guard, Tulsa, Okla.
Sgt. Christopher D. Gailey, 26, of Ochelata, Okla.; and
Spc. Sarina N. Butcher, 19, of Checotah, Okla.
For more information related to this release, the media may contact the Oklahoma National Guard at 405-228-5212 or 918-381-1173.
UPDATE: Nov. 3, 2011 — Spc. Gailey was posthumously promoted to sergeant.
UPDATE: Nov. 9, 2011 — Pfc. Butcher was posthumously promoted to specialist.
- RIP SPC Christopher D. Gailey, PFC Sarina N. Butcher (waronterrornews.typepad.com)
- Christopher D. Gailey (americanheroesmemorial.wordpress.com)
- Sarina N. Butcher (americanheroesmemorial.wordpress.com)
- US military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,712 (seattletimes.nwsource.com)