The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local News

January 11, 2013

Palestine native back from Afghanistan

PALESTINE — Faith and determination have been essential principles in the foundation of Army Captain Christopher Lee’s life.

After attending both Westwood and Palestine high schools — but not graduating — Lee’s hope for a successful life seemed it would be an uphill battle.

But with a will to persevere and the revelation of who Christ really was in his life, Lee, now 38, made a turn-around, earning his GED and eventually graduating from Texas Bible Institute. He even borrowed a snowcone machine to make money to earn the funds to attend the school in 1996. In the spring of 1999, he graduated from TBI with skills in servanthood and leadership that would change his life.

He enlisted in the Marine Corp in 2000, was stationed at Camp Pendleton in California and completed a tour in Japan. He left the Corp after four years of service.

Big changes faced Lee in 2004 and 2005. He was adjusting to “civilian life” and married his wife, Jodie Hicks, who had three children.

In 2005, he started college classes and a new job. Even though his plate was full, Lee didn’t think his military days were over. He signed up to serve in the Army National Guard and was deployed to Afghanistan after three months. While serving in Afghanistan, he was inspired to become an officer in the Army, which would require full-time college classes and officers’ training. In May 2009, Lee graduated cum laude as a second lieutenant from Sam Houston State University. He was then assigned to Fort Sill in Oklahoma.

Lee was deployed to Afghanistan for a third time in April 2012. He earned the rank of captain in December 2012. He and his team returned stateside on Wednesday. Lee will be visiting family members in Palestine this weekend, including visiting his parents, Johnny and Dodie Lee.

Lee’s promotion will be official next week with the traditional pinning of his captain bars. The ceremony will be held at Fort Sill, where Lee, his wife, Jodie, and sons, Kanyen and Isaac will be stationed.

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