Cris Vallejo

Cris Vallejo

April 28th 1982 – July 2nd 2023

MSG Cristobal L. Vallejo (Ret), a Special Forces Senior Sergeant, previously assigned to 10th Special Forces Group as the SF Advanced Ski Specialist died in an automobile accident on 2 July 2023 in Santa Rosa, New Mexico.

Cris, 41, of Penn Valley California was born in Loa Angles on 28 April 1982. He joined the U.S. Army 15 Feb 2001.

After completing Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training Cris was assigned to 2 Battalion, 6th Infantry, 1st Armored Division, Stuttgart, Germany as an Infantryman where he deployed to Iraq in 2003

Cris attended Special Forces Selection December 2003 and was selected as an 18 Echo, Special Forces Sergeant and assigned to 10th Special Forces Group, Colorado Springs, Colorado where he spent the next few years sharpening his skills before trying out and being selected to USASOC, Ft Bragg North Carolina where he spent most of his career until 2018 when he returned to 10th Special Forces Group to retire. Cris’s list of deployments included multiple tours in Iraq, Africa and Afghanistan.

His military education includes Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC) 18E Communications Sergeants Course, Defense Language Course, Basic Airborne Course, Free Fall Parachutist Course, Jumpmaster, Advanced Sniper Course, Advanced Land Navigation Course, Basic and Advanced Leadership Courses.

Cris’s awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal (3) and many others.

On a personal note, Cris was both a Friend and Brother to so many people. He would give you the shirt off his back if you were in need without question. He had an incredible way of bringing people together from all walks of life with his infectious smile and bad jokes. Cris also Co-Founded the Coast x Coast Foundation in 2013 to honor teammate SFC Ryan Savard who was KIA in the Khan Abad District, Afghanistan on 12 October 2012 while conducting combat operations.

Cris’s dedication to honor the fallen men and women of the Special Operations Community started off as a couple of guys riding motorcycles across the country from San Diego, California to Arlington, Virginia to raise money and bring awareness to Traumatic Brain, Post Traumatic Stress and other invisible injuries sustained by members of the Special Operations Community during decades of combat operations. That small dream turned into an 11-year run so far for the Coast x Coast Foundation with multiple medical programs treating over 100 people a year and spending over a million dollars since its inception that directly support the members of our community and their families. Not a bad legacy!

Cris is survived by his wife Marcy, his son Van and his mother Kate. Brother, you mean more to us that you could have possible known. Thank you for all the great times, smiles and cheap beer. You are not forgotten, and we will continue the dream we all had when we started this whole thing. STAY RAD!