Solesbee, Kristoffer Michael, TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
3E8X1-Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Last AFSC Group
Civil Engineering
Primary Unit
2008-2011, 775th Civil Engineer Squadron
Service Years
1999 - 2011
Technical Sergeant

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Home Town
Citrus Heights, California
Last Address
Kandahar, Afghanistan

Casualty Date
May 26, 2011
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Other Explosive Device
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 60 Site 9621

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Explosives Ordnance Disposal (Senior)
Civil Engineer (Master)

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  2008-2011, 775th Civil Engineer Squadron
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  2001-2001 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
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Airman killed in Afghanistan

Published: Friday, May 27, 2011 11:43 p.m. MDT
From: Deseret News

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Base officials announced Friday the death of Tech. Sgt. Kristoff M. Solesbee of Citrus Heights, Calif., an airman deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Solesbee, 32, was assigned to the 775th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight and died May 26 in the Shorabak district of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit.

, Charles Freeman
Kristoffer M. Solesbee, 32, of Citrus Heights, Calif.

At a press conference held Friday evening at Hill Air Force base, Solesbee's supervisor Sgt. Steve Hellenbeck said he was very saddened and described Solesbee as energetic and quick-witted.

"He will be very missed," Hallenbeck said.

Col. Patrick Higby said Solesbee had been in Afghanistan since January. It was Solesbee's second combat tour since being stationed at Hill in 2008.

"We're not at liberty to discuss the details of his mission," Higby said. "What I can tell you is he was on an operation to clear a weapons cache."

"His sacrifice and service are not forgotten and he will be greatly missed," Higby said.

Higby praised the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit, saying that it is one of the most dangerous assignments, but also saves many lives.

"I'm extremely proud of our EOD flight here," Higby said. "They've really gone through some tough times. They're resilient. They're very proud of their mission and again, every day they serve with the mindset of 'we are here to save lives.' When they get hit by an (improvised explosive device), the first thing they want to do is get right back in the fight to keep saving lives."


The family of TSGT Kristoffer M. Solesbee, KIA in Afghanistan on May 26, 2011 have requested the PGR to participate at his Memorial Services on June 18, 2011 in Citrus Heights Ca.  TSgt Solesbee was born in Brindisi Italy, and spent his childhood  the Citrus Heights Ca, graduating from Freedom Christian School in 1996. 

He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full Military Honors on June 28th, 2011.


The PGR are honored to stand for this American Hero.

TSgt. Solesbee was  supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  He died May 26 in the Shorabak district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. TSgt Solesbee was a trained EOD technician and as such was twice in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, and one time in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

 He is survived by his wife Lilia, father Larry Solesbee, mother Sandra Parker, Stepfather Louis Parker, sister Trina, and grandmother Cleo Reit.


STAGING: 1PM, June 18, 2011


LOCATION:  Parking lot of Antelope Road Christian Fellowship Church 7951 Antelope Rd, Citrus Heights CA. 



We will form a flag line for arriving family and guests NLT 1:30pm, we will form a second flag line at the completion of the services.

The PGR will be dismissed after the completion of services. 


Ride Captain;  Ken Knox

Asst Ride Captain – TBA

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