“Kris was real soft-spoken, he didn't say a whole lot. He was a really good guy, though. We really miss him.”
—Steve Hallenbeck, friend and supervisor
Solesbee, 32, had served two tours in Iraq and had been Afghanistan for five months when he was killed while trying to clear a weapons cache in Kandahar Province. Solesbee, like other members in his flight of the 775th Civil Engineer Squadron at Hill Air Force Bace, volunteered for one of the most dangerous jobs in combat: dismantling or blowing up the enemies' bombs and weapons caches.
He considered Citrus Heights, Calif., his hometown, but had bought a home with his wife, Lilia, in Clearfield.