FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Department of Defense announced May 27 the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Chief Warrant Officer Christopher R. Thibodeau, 28, whose home of record is listed as Chesterland, Ohio, died May 26 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his helicopter crashed during combat operations.
Thibodeau joined the military in August 2006. Thibodeau, an AH-64D attack pilot, was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Hood, since August 2009.
Thibodeau deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom during the summer of 2010.
Thibodeau's awards and decorations include an Air Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon and Army Service Ribbon.