On 8 August
2005, while supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, the men of Special Forces
Operational Detachment Alpha 316 (SFODA-316) became involved in a 54 hour
combat engagement with the Taliban in Mari Ghar, Afghanistan. During the first
5 of 7 battles with the enemy those days, the planning, professionalism and
bravery of Staff Sergeant Chris Falkel helped save the lives of everyone else
on his team as well as the sixteen Afghan.
Army Soldiers fighting with them. For his actions that day, SSG Falkel was
posthumously awarded the Silver Star. Chris was only 22 years old.
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