Master Sgt. killed in vehicle accident on Victory Drive

FORT BENNING, GA - The Soldier who died as the result of a motor vehicle accident Monday night has been identified as Master Sgt. Christopher L. Surtees.

Surtees, 41, of Penscacola, Fla., died when the motorcycle he was riding collided with another vehicle Monday shortly after 7 p.m.  The accident occurred on Victory Drive in front of the Raceway gas station.

He was assigned to Fort Benning's Maneuver Center of Excellence Headquarters and Headquarters Company.

Surtees had been on active duty since October 1990, and arrived at his current assignment here in October 2009.

His awards and decorations include a Bronze Star, two Meritorious Service Medals, seven Army Commendation Medals, ten Army Achievement Medals, six Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, two Iraq Campaign Medals, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, a Humanitarian Service Medal, a Korean Defense Service Medal, three Overseas Service Ribbons, a United Nations Iraq/Kuwait Observation Group Ribbon, three Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, two Combat Infantryman Badges, and an Expert Infantryman Badge.

The accident is under investigation.  No further information is available for release at this time.

Source: Fort Benning Office of Public Affairs