first published on July 13, 2018 by Will
US Army Ranger SFC Christopher A. Celiz, 32, was killed on Thursday July 12, 2018 by enemy small arms fire in eastern Afghanistan’s mountainous Paktiya province.
Celiz, was from Summerville, South Carolina, and spent over a decade in the Army. He started off his career as a combat engineer sapper. He eventually joined the Rangers and was in the process of transitioning into the infantry. At the time of his death he was acting as a mortar platoon sergeant.
Celiz had previously fought in both Iraq and Afghanistan and was on his fifth deployment with 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and seventh overall deployment.
“Chris was a national treasure who led his Rangers with passion, competence, and an infectiously positive attitude no matter the situation. He will be greatly missed,” said COL Brandon Tegtmeier, Commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment.
Celiz is the second US soldier to be killed in Afghanistan in the last week. Army Corporal Joseph Maciel, 20, was killed on July 7 in an “insider” attack.