Marker for Forward Operating Base Robinson

Sergeant First Class Christopher L. “Chris” Robinson (1969-2006), of Brandon, Mississippi, was the first Mississippi National Guardsman killed in Afghanistan since the start of the Global War on Terrorism in 2001. Robinson served for 18 years with the 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), of the Army National Guard based in Jackson, Mississippi. During his second deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Sergeant First Class Robinson died while on combat patrol after his Humvee came under small arms fire on March 25, 2006.

Days after his death, Forward Operating Base (FOB) Wolf near Sangin, Afghanistan, was renamed FOB Robinson in his honor. This marker was made by a local Afghan stonecutter and commemorates the renaming of the base after Robinson. The beret flash of the 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) adorns the top. Robinson’s name, death date, and unit name, along with the motto “Dum Spiro Spero,” meaning “While I breathe, I hope,” are engraved below. The two crossed arrows at the bottom represent the branch insignia of the US Army Special Forces.

Source:Gift of SFA 79, in memory of SFC Christopher Lee Robinson
Time Period:2001-present
Related Conflict:Global War on Terrorism
Display Status:This artifact is on view in the Global War on Terrorism Gallery.


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