CHRIS TOPHER M. KIEL
Branch of service: Army
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High school: Sonora High, Class of 1997
Specialty: 45-kilo tank turret mechanic
Currently serving in: Baghdad, Iraq
Family: Wife, Brandi; daughter, Haley Ann; stepson, Jacob of Lawton, Okla.; mother and stepfather, Leah and Greg Nicolini of Chinese Camp
Of note: Kiel serves with
B Company 168 BSB based at Fort Sill, Okla. He is serving his second tour in Iraq and is at Camp Liberty in Baghdad. His group's main mission is technical inspection of weapons along with the repair of the weapons of every unit on the Victory Base complex. During his first tour, he manned a machine gun in more than 150 convoys. His fellow soldiers gave him the nickname "The Silverback." He recently was promoted to sergeant. Kiel and his wife are expecting a baby around Christmas.
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P.O. Box 5256
Modesto, CA 95352
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