Chaplain Assistant First Killed in Battle in 40 years

Sergeant Christopher Todd Stout, US Army, was killed in action in Afghanistan on 13 July 2010.  He was the first Army Chaplain Assistant killed in action since 1970.  The US Army Chief of Chaplains distributed this message:

Dear Family and Friends of the US Army Chaplaincy,

It is with my deepest sympathy and my utmost respect that I must announce that on July 13, 2010 Sergeant Christopher Todd Stout, while serving as the Chaplain Assistant for the 1-508 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, was Killed in Action in Afghanistan.

This is our first Chaplain Assistant Killed in Action since 1970 during the Viet Nam War. Sergeant Stout was a military professional of the highest caliber and a devout man of God whose love for Soldiers was only surpassed by his love for his Great God and Savior Jesus Christ. 

Please join me in prayer for Sergeant Stout’s Family and our entire Chaplain Corps as we grieve his death. Let us continue to pray for our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who daily are willing to lay down their lives to protect and defend our Nation. May God bless the Families of our Fallen, the members of our Armed Services, and the United States of America.


Douglas L. Carver
Chaplain (Major General)
United States Army
Chief of Chaplains

For those that don’t recall, one of the Chaplain Assistant duties is to carry a weapon and protect the Chaplain who, as a non-combatant, is unarmed.

As noted at the Military Chaplains Association.


  • Rev. Frank G. Doublin

    SSG. Christopher Stout was a man of great honor and true integrity. He was a “REAL CHRISTIAN”! He will be truly missed by all who knew him. Our prayers are with his family, I count it an honor to been his brother in CHRIST!

  • Chris is missed very much! He was my cousin. He was a GREAT man of God and I know he is in Heaven right now. We will soon meet with him again but until then…… I LOVE YOU CHRIS!!!!!!! <3

  • Hat’s off to a brave and dedicated young man. As an agnostic I can only hope that his vision of religion is correct and brings him to that place which will bring him eternal life.