Trooper Down – Christian Redman
Christian Redman (C Troop, 1986-1989) passed away on October 5, 2019 after a three-year fight with cancer. He served in the Border Legion as a 19D Scout, first in C Troop and then at Border Operations. Chris was an accomplished Bradley crewman and gunner, and he was known for his natural ability in the field, whether at the Border, maneuvering through the German countryside, or during gunnery training and certifications at Wildflecken and Grafenwoehr. Chris fondly spoke of his days in the Cold Steel, especially as the driver for then-First Sergeant (now SGM, Ret.) Roy Sampson.
An avid motorcyclist, Chris enjoyed riding all over the US; he was especially happy when he shared adventures with his Army buddies from the Blackhorse. He also loved to meet friends and spend time in Key West, FL, especially while under the “supervision” of former Cold Steel Troopers such as retired CSM Curtis “CC” Brown and MSG Jim Oldenburg.
After service in the Army, Chris chose a career in Law Enforcement, eventually rising to be Chief of the City of Hurstbourne Acres Police Department in Jefferson County, KY. He then retired to be with his family in Parker, CO for the past 5 years, where he started and ran a construction company until his illness forced him to stop working.
Christian was very active in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment’s Blackhorse Association, where he helped build the Gold Vault Chapter, and he was a key contributor to the 2013 Regimental Reunion in Louisville, KY. Christian was also one of the founders of the Cold Steel Scholarship, which is a part of the Blackhorse Association Scholarship program.
Chris is survived by his father, Command Master Chief David Redman (USN, Ret.) and mother Jacquelyn; sisters Jennifer Redman Campbell and Susan Jeanette Redman; and his beloved daughter Alexis Rae Redman.
Services will be held at the Fort Logan National Cemetery, 4400 Kenyon Ave.; Denver, Colorado, 80236; on October 17, 2019 at 2:15 pm (local time). For those who would like to accompany Chris on his final ride, an escorted procession will commence at 12:45 pm from the Horan & McConaty Funeral Home, 5303 East County Line Rd., Centennial, CO 80122.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that any remembrances be donated to the Cold Steel Scholarship Fund of the Blackhorse Association, in memory of Christian Redman. Details may be found on our scholarship page.
The Blackhorse Association recently featured Chris in our May 2019 E-News. Please take a moment to look back at Chris’s last ride.