Mother visits DFAC named for son
May 15, 2009
FORT CARSON, Colo.-There is nothing worse than getting the news that your loved has been killed.
Unless you've been through it, there are no words that can adequately explain the feelings of loss and remorse. Such was the case with Christine Wolf, her family and friends.
She was the mother of Spc. James R. Wolf, a technical engineer specialist in the Soils, Survey and Design Section of the 52d Engineer Battalion which was part of the 43rd Area Support Group. Spc. Wolf had served a tour of duty in Korea before being assigned to Fort Carson. According to his mother, "James was both surprised but really happy to have gotten this assignment because it's a hard post to get." She added that James "liked and enjoyed Korea but was anxious and ready to get back in the field."
Spc. Wolf deployed in 2003 with the 52nd Engineers attached to the 101st Airborne (Air Assault). Wolf was killed in action Nov. 6, 2003, while serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
On April 30, Fort Carson's 43rd Sustainment Brigade hosted Christine and five of her closest friends: Cee Merrgian, Theresa Swank, Susan Stepheson, Maryann Anderson and Jean Wilkenson.
The Wolf Dining Facility was dedicated in his honor in 2004. It is the premier dining facility of the Mountain Post that feeds up to 2,500 Soldiers and civilians per day.
Col. Edward M. Daly, commander 43rd SB, said that "this dining facility's name is a positive reflection that James left his mark of being a great Soldier."
For Christine, nothing can ever bring her son back but "part of healing is being busy, talking to her close knit friends and family and singing with her choir."
She and her friends were in town for the weekend as part of a chorus performing in Colorado Springs Pikes Peak Center. When they arrived, she and her guests were given a tour and the chance to see how this facility serves the Mountain Post Soldiers by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charles H. Talley Jr., 43rd SB food service technician. Talley was "both humbled and glad to be part of this special occasion" for Wolf and her guests.