Operation Enduring Freedom
Kristophor Tif Stonesifer was born August 20, 1973 in Florida and volunteered for military service with the United States Army, August 7, 2000. He completed basic training and advanced individual training in the military operational specialty of infantryman at Fort Benning, Georgia. He volunteered for the second time to attend Airborne School. In December 2000, he completed airborne training at Fort Benning, Ga. A third-time volunteer by requesting to be assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment, Pvt. 1st Class Stonesifer completed the Ranger Indoctrination Program in December 2000. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment on February 7, 2001.
During his military service, he was awarded the Army Achievement Medal.
The search-and-rescue helicopter he was on was playing a support role for U.S. Special Forces on the ground in Afghanistan. He was a passenger on that Blackhawk helicopter that crashed while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
General Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offered his condolences to the families of those killed.
He is survived by his mother, Ruth Voshell Stonesifer.
As a Ranger, Pvt. 1st Class Stonesifer distinguished himself as a member of the Army’s premier light-infantry unit and was a highly trained and motivated soldier. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.
RIP Ranger Stonesifer