Staff Sgt. Christopher Hoeppner – Traumatic Brain Injury
Christopher Hoeppner enlisted in the Army as a 13M, Multiple Launch Rocket System, in June of 2000. He completed his Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Upon graduation, he was assigned the the 1st Battalion, 39th Field Artillery Regiment out of Fort Stewart, Georgia. He deployed with his Company to Kosovo in 2001 as part of the Nato Peacekeeping Forces. He Deployed again with the Battalion in 2002 to Kuwait as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon return to the United States, he redeployed back to Kuwait in 2003 in Preparation of the Invasion. In 2003 he was part of the Tip of the Spear with the 3rd Infantry Division in the Liberation of Iraq. In 2005 his Battalion redeployed to Iraq and he worked in Division Interrogation as well as part of the Division Command Teams Personal Security Detachment.
In 2006, he was reassigned to the 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment out of Fort Stewart. He Deployed back to Iraq with his Battalion in 2007. During a quick response force mission his Humvee was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device and he was Medevacked to the Combat Support Hospital. He received a Purple Heart for his Injuries which included a Traumatic Brain Injury. In 2009 he Elected to redeploy with his Battalion back to Iraq to serve as a Personal Security Officer. He received a Bronze Star for his actions in the Capacity. In 2011 He was reassigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery Regiment in El Paso. Due to his Medical and Amount of Tours he was no longer able to Deploy and was assigned as the Rear Detachment Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge. In 2014 he was Permanently Medically retired from the Army in the Rank of Staff Sergeant.
We are raising money as I can’t work right now due to all the Medicine and appointments and I am the only breadwinner in the family. My wife stays home to raise our 4 year old son. . That’s costing us 4,000 a month on average which is a hard pill to swallow. Trying to raise funds to make sure my family is ok. With being on OxyContin and my other meds I don’t leave the house much at all now.
His Awards and Schooling include:
Bronze Star Medal X1, Purple Heart Medal X1, Army Accommodation Medal X3,
Army Achievement Medal X1, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation
National Defense Service Medal X1, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal X1, Kosovo Campaign Medal,
Iraq Campaign Medal with 5 Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal X1,
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal X1, Army Service Ribbon X1, Overseas Service Ribbon X4,
United Nations Service Medal X1, Warrior Leaders Course, Commo Security Officers Course,
Advanced Leaders Course, Battle Staff NCO Course, Equal Opportunity Leaders Course,
Sharp Leaders Course