THE SGT. CHRIS J. WORKMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND,
C/O FIRST FEDERAL BANK
Rupert, ID. 83350
"Sacrifice III” 11x14 original oil on board by Kristen Dukat
"Sacrifice III" 4x6 framed signed print by Kristen Dukat
This piece was gifted to a mom of a fallen army soldier who died last year in a helicopter crash.
She in turn gifted it to Lt Col Oliver North who spoke at a fundraiser for her son.
It took me a lot longer than usual to paint this after hearing her story.
This original painting by a former naval petty officer was originally presented to the Danny Dietz Memorial Foundation. The artist has offered signed and numbered prints to the Sgt. Chris Workman Memorial Scholarship Fund for anyone wishing to make a donation to the foundation. The prints are 8" X 11" and are matted ready to be framed at $100.00 each.
"…say can you see?"
"In Triumph Shall Wave"
The Sgt. Chris J. Workman Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by the family and friends of Sgt. Workman in memory of their beloved son, brother, uncle, father, husband, and friend.
The goal of the fund is to assist deserving highs school seniors in their first year of college in the visual arts, or as continuing college students with a clear career path.
THE LAST FLIGHT OF DIAMONDHEAD 20
On the evening of April 19th 2012, the pilots and crew of Diamondhead 20 conferred with the pilots at FOB Payne for a medical evacuation of Afghani policemen wounded by a suicide bomber at a checkpoint in Helmed Province, Afghanistan. The weather conditions were very poor from wind and dust because of a fast moving front that was passing through the region at the time. FOB Dwyer, further to the north, had grounded all aircraft. Further hampering the mission, the night conditions were classified as “red illumination’ because there was no moon phase. The decision among the crew and pilots was to attempt the evacuation based on information reporting ‘half mile’ visibility.
As the Medical Helicopter ‘dustoff’ and the support helicopter DH-20 began the mission, the pilots quickly realized that they were flying blind and the decision was made to return because they were disoriented and had no ground reference. As DH-20 made its turn, the rotors of the helicopter hit the terrain and caused the helicopter to crash. All four crew members perished. The crew and aircraft were part of the Company A, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade , stationed at Schofield Barracks and Wheeler air force Base, Hawaii. The unit was known as the Blackjacks which is the 1st Light Infantry Division.
Three weeks early at birth and determined to get going right away, he was an active and motivated little boy. He and his 18 month older brother, Harry, were inseparable. He worked hard on his grandparents’ farm and at his father’s automotive garage. He was well versed in machinery, vehicles and engines and had a tremendous work ethic. He attended St. Nicholas Parochial School and then West Minico Jr. High School. He graduated from Minico High School in 1997 and Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Finance in 2005.
He moved to Boise, Idaho following his graduation from ISU and worked for Alliance Title Company and a year later with Title One Company as an escrow officer. As the economy slowed, he worked several different jobs and also joined the Idaho National Guard as a part-time citizen-soldier. He joined the full-time army in 2009. Chris, Camille (Rudeen), and son Cole,(Hayes) were stationed in Hawaii with the 172nd Chemical Company at Schofield Barracks for two and a half years training as a biological, chemical, and radiological respondent until the deployment of the 2nd Battalion, 25th Light Infantry Division, Tropic Lightning Stryker Unit to Afghanistan in January of 2012 as Chris had selflessly volunteered to deploy with Taskforce Diamondhead as a door gunner on a UH-60 (Blackhawk) helicopter. The military was a life-long ambition for Chris and although it was short lived he was so enthused about it as a career that he was in the process of applying to officer’s candidacy and had been accepted at the time of his death. In the three short months of his deployment, he had logged over one hundred hours of flight time and had earned his aviation badge. Chris was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant, received the Army Medal of Commendation, the NATO Medal, the Veteran’s of Foreign War Medal, The Army Good Conduct Medal, The Hawaii Medal of Honor and the Bronze Star.
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