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Honoring Our Armed Forces

Sen. Ken Salazar

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Mr. President, I rise today to take a moment to remember one of Colorado's fallen heroes: Army SFC Christopher W. Phelps. Sergeant Phelps was killed last week in Baghdad, Iraq, while serving this Nation. He was 39.

Sergeant Phelps was a native of Louisville, KY. He graduated Male High School in 1984 where he was a standout athlete, helping to lead the Bulldogs to the State football playoffs. Sergeant Phelps went on to Kentucky State and a junior college in Mississippi before he enlisted in the Army.

In the Army, Sergeant Phelps served in the first Gulf war, where he drove a tank. This past spring, he was deployed to Iraq as a member of the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment based out of Fort Carson in Colorado. He enjoyed serving in the Army and was proud to be serving his country so honorably. He was a natural leader, a trait reflected by the nickname the members of his platoon gave him: ``Dad.''

While serving in Iraq, Sergeant Phelps was deeply moved by what he saw. He wrote home of the terrible poverty he witnessed and how much work was left to be done in Iraq. But Sergeant Phelps knew, as so all of our men and women in uniform, that our efforts were making Iraq a better place.

In his high school yearbook, an 18-year-old Christopher Phelps selected as a quote: ``Do all you can while you can before it is too late.'' Sergeant Phelps embodied this sentiment in everything he did, from his days as a high school athlete to his exemplary service to our Nation and to the cause of freedom.

SFC Christopher Phelps served this country with honor and distinction and we are all humbled by his sacrifice. To his wife, Bobbi, and his daughters and son, my prayers are with you, as are those of an entire nation. Christopher's service to and sacrifice on behalf of this Nation will never be forgotten.