Sergeant First Class Stephen B. Cribben

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Sergeant First Class Stephen B. Cribben
1984 - 2017
Sergeant First Class Stephen B. Cribben, beloved husband, father, and soldier, passed away on November 04, 2017, in Logar province, Afghanistan. He was born in Rawlins, Wyoming on January 27, 1984, the first of two children born to Joseph and Leslie Cribben.
Stephen graduated from Royal High School in Simi Valley, CA in 2002. After graduation, he joined the Army in November as a military police officer. He served in multiple military police units, including in Korea and Germany. Stephen was deployed three times with the 716th MP Battalion, first to Egypt in 2005, to Afghanistan in 2006, and Iraq in 2007.
Stephen attended Special Forces Assessment and Selection in November 2011. He graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in December 2014 and was assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson. He was a future plans non-commissioned officer with the Special Operations Command Forward-North and West Africa, then serviced as senior communications sergeant for Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha. He deployed to Afghanistan again, this time with 2nd Battalion, 10th Group in September.
Stephen's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, nine Army Achievement Medals, a Meritorious Unit Citation, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Special Forces tab, the Parachutist badge, the Air Assault badge, and the Path Finder badge.
Stephen enjoyed spending time mountain and road biking. He also loved brewing his own beer, building things around the house and trying new things. While stationed in Germany, Stephen enjoyed traveling across Europe to see many tourist and off the beat sights. Spending time with friends and family was extremely important to Stephen.
He leaves behind, devoted wife, Shelly Cribben; loving children, Connor Cribben; Wyatt Cribben; sibling Whitney M. Gutierrez; precious niece and nephew, Sophia Gutierrez; Aerick Gutierrez; as well as numerous caring family and friends.
A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 10:00a.m with reception to follow, at New Life Church, 11025 Voyager Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO. Private burial will take place at Fort Logan National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Support-A-Soldier,, PO BOX 371571, Denver, Colorado 80237.

Published in The Gazette on Nov. 26, 2017
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