According to a release by the U.S. Department of Defense, Stark was one of two soldiers killed in an incident in Wardak province. Stark, 22, and Staff Sergeant Chauncy Mays, 25, of Cookville, Texas, suffered fatal wounds when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device (IED).
Both soldiers were assigned to the 63rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 20th Support Command, based at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
Teresa Stark, Christopher's mother, and Trenton Stark, Christopher's brother, Trenton, issued the following statement:
"United States Army Specialist Christopher G. Stark, 22 of Monett, was killed in action on Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, while serving in Afghanistan. Christopher was an Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Tech, also known as a bomb specialist. While en route to an IED (bomb) that had been spotted, his vehicle was hit with another IED and as a result, Christopher was killed. At this time, there are no other specifics to the incident and the investigation is ongoing.
"Please respect the family's privacy at this difficult time and remember them in your thoughts and prayers."
Stark is the son of Teresa Stark and the late Jeff Stark. Additional family members include: brother, Trenton Stark; grandparents Max and Maxine Brown; and Mary and Bill Johnson. Extended family include: longtime family friend, Kirk Little, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Both the Hobbs-Anderson American Legion Post #91 and the Tom Wolfe Memorial Post #4207, Veterans of Foreign Wars, have lowered their flags to half-mast in honor of Stark. The Monett R-1 School District, where Teresa Stark worked from 1994 to 2009, lowered flags at the Southwest Area Career Center and at Monett High School.
Christopher Stark was a member of the Junior ROTC program at the Career Center. He is the first soldier from Monett to have been killed in hostilities in Afghanistan or Iraq.