Command Sergeant Major Christopher Alan Raines (U.S. Army retired) of Savannah, Georgia, passed away December 8, 2010.
Chris joined the ShadowSpear community under the screen name “CAR” in 2007. It became immediately evident that the 99th member to join the site would do wonderful things for the community.
Chris’ peers not only saw a man with a wealth of experience, but one who had that natural ability to lead. He never demanded respect, it was just voluntarily given. Chris not only became a valuable asset to ShadowSpear, but was a great friend and mentor to many. He never hesitated to help those in need and gave sound advice to countless individuals serving in the military, as well as those who had the desire to join. He became very active in the ShadowSpear community, being voted into a moderator position by a landslide with subsequent reelections.
Chris was a 30 year Army veteran who served with the 82nd Airborne Division, Intelligence Corps, in Honduras, Grenada, Turkey, Panama, and Peru and the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. He served in Iraq and most recently with the 1st Information Operations Command in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He was the recipient of numerous awards and recognition including the Master Parachutist Badge, Bronze Star, several Meritorious Service Medals, National Defense Services Medals, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
On March 25, 2011, Chris’ family and friends were joined by his ShadowSpear family at Arlington National Cemetery for his inurnment. The turnout was astounding and it was immediately apparent that Chris touched the lives of many.
Chris will be missed by all and will never be forgotten.