Sergeant First Class Chris Corbin entered military service in July 1995. Prior to becoming a Green Beret with the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), he served in various Army units such as the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division (1995-1999), and the 1st Battalion, and 75th Ranger Regiment (1999-2002). On February 17th, 2011, Corbin was on his third tour to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). That day, he was on patrol with his Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) through a village in the Helmand Province, when he stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and suffered injuries to both legs resulting in a bilateral, below-the-knee (Bilat BK) amputation.
After stabilization, Corbin was immediately sent to Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he underwent several surgeries, after which, he embarked upon what was thought to be a long road to rehabilitation. On July 15th, 2011, less than five months after his injury, he was medically cleared to Return to Duty (RTD) with the 7th Special Forces Group (A).
On March 24th, 2012, 13 months after his injury, Chris, with his Green Beret father, Master Sergeant Nelson Corbin, ran his first 5K race to benefit the Fisher House on Eglin Air Force Base. His determination and will coupled with the support and motivation provided by his father and teammates enabled Chris to finish his first race in 27 minutes and 34 seconds.
SFC Corbin is now MSG Corbin, as he was selected by the Department of Defense to be promoted to Master Sgt this year. He continues to motivate others by leading by example, and always pushing further ahead. JAH4WW is pleased to begin work on a mortgage-free, 100-percent handicap-accessible home in North Carolina for MSG Corbin, customized completely to better suit his needs.