I was with Christina in Afghanistan and we worked in the same building. I knew her vaguely, which is to say we would say hi to each other and maybe talk Air Force stuff (there were only three Air Force members there, so we automatically shared that bond) and sometimes would be in the same group of people during meal times.
The presence she had was magnificent. She was always flashing her beautiful smile. I saw Christina a couple of hours before she was taken from us. I had just finished a convoy to pick up food for the building. There were so many heavy boxes. Christina, with here petite frame, would carry as much as she could. It was her nature- always willing to help.
The loss of Christina devastated the work center. When we received word that she had passed, there was obviously a great deal of sadness and anger. Many people were asking "why?” I wished I could answer that question. But I know she is with God and even Heaven is improved by her presence.
To her family- It has taken me a long time to figure out what I would write on this guest book. I think Thanksgiving is a very appropriate time to finally say something. We did not forget her. Myself and the other Air Force member lowered all American flags on the base to honor our fallen Airman and friend. Three days later, we raised them again. The work center has since renamed the meeting room to “The Christina Maddock Shura Room”, posting a plaque on the outside wall in her honor.
I keep Christina's obituary and the very picture shown above taped to my locker at work. Taped next to that, is what I have written here. How I knew and remember her. How the loss of Christina affects so many people. We owe it to her to tell all those around us about this wonderful person. I barely knew her. But I will always remember her. I will always consider her a friend. And I will always, always, be thankful for that.
- SSgt Henry