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Stewart MP killed in Afghanistan
SGT Rudzinski
Staff Sgt. Christopher M. Rudzinski - photo by Army photo
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A soldier from Fort Stewart was killed Friday when his patrol came under fire from insurgents in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Christopher M. Rudzinski, was a military police officer with the 293rd Military Police Company, 97th MP Battalion.
Rudzinki's convoy came under attack from armed insurgents firing small-arms, rocket propelled grenades and improvised explosive devices. Two of the nine wounded U.S. soldiers were medically evacuated to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, and are listed in stable condition. The remaining seven soldiers were treated at nearby medical facilities and returned to duty.
Rudzinski joined the Army in July 1999, enlisting as an armor crewman. He deployed in 1999 to Kosovo with the 1st Armored Division. In 2003 he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In August 2004, the sergeant reclassified as a MP and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in January 2006. There, he led a team of MPs that mentored, and trained the Iraqi police.
In March, Rudzinski was assigned to the 293rd MP Co., and deployed with that unit July, conducting a combat advisory mission in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
"Sgt. Rudzinski was a great noncommissioned officer, husband, father and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him," said Capt. Michael Thurman, commander of the 293rd MP Co.
Rudzinski's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, the Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Driver's Badge, and the German Schutzenschneur Badge in Gold.
He is survived by his wife, Caroline, his son, Ryan, and his father, Michael.
A memorial in the sergeant's honor will be held in Afghanistan. Plans for a memorial at Fort Stewart have not yet been released.
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