FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Air National Guard Capt. Darin Overstreet
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (7/17/12) – It is with deep sadness the Colorado National Guard announces the loss of 2nd Lt. Christina Cornejo, a full-time Soldier in the Colorado Army National Guard 's 100th Missile Defense Brigade in Colorado Springs, Colo.
"She was an outstanding new officer who had already made a significant impact on our organization," said Col. Gregory Bowen, commander of the 100th MDB. "She will be greatly missed by her military family. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family."
2nd Lt. Cornejo enlisted in the Colorado Army National Guard on June 20, 2006. She attended the Unit Supply Specialist course in Fort Lee, Va., where she was selected as the distinguished honor graduate.
In April 2009, she was selected to serve full-time as a battalion career counselor with the COARNG's Recruiting and Retention Battalion.
During the same period, she was selected to attend Officer Candidate School at the 168th Regiment, Regional Training Institute at Fort Carson, Colo. On Aug. 21, 2010, Officer Candidate Cornejo successfully completed the state's difficult 18-month OCS program.
Cornejo gained her commission as a second lieutenant on May 4, 2011, and was selected to serve as an alternate fire direction center executive officer with the 100th Missile Defense Brigade.
Following graduation from Air Defense Artillery Basic Officer Leaders Course on Oct. 14, 2011, where she received four out of five superior marks and ranked in the top 20 percent of her class, she returned to Colorado Springs to attend Ground-based Midcourse Defense Operator Course. Upon graduating on June 22, 2012, as the distinguished honor graduate, she was assigned to Missile Defense Element E Crew as the brigade liaison officer and began training as a current operations officer.
Her military awards and decorations include an Army Commendation Medal, an Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, an Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, a National Defense Serve Medal, and an Army Service Ribbon.
"I'm always saddened by the loss of a Guard member. The tragic nature of this only worsens the blow," said Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, commander of the Colorado National Guard. "Christina was not only a stellar Soldier, but a fantastic young leader who set high standards. Her contribution to the Colorado National Guard will be truly missed. We will do everything we can to support her family during this most difficult time."
The details of her death are under investigation by the Colorado Springs Police department. The Colorado National Guard will provide any assistance needed to the Colorado Springs Police Department.
The Cornejo family is requesting privacy to deal with this tragic loss, therefore please direct all media inquires to the Colorado Springs Police Department at 719-444-7412.
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