Romig joined the Army in May 2008, enlisting for three years, said his sister, Gabrielle Romig. She said his family last saw him when he visited in August, and he planned to visit again at the end of this month.
He was assigned to 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), in Fort Campbell, Ky.
Pharris was assigned to the Missouri National Guard Agri-Business Development Team IV based in Jefferson City, Mo.
A 2005 Grace King High School graduate, Romig had loved “everything Army” since he was little, his sister said.
She said he was on the wrestling team in high school, and his little brother Phillip was following in his footsteps. “He was really looking forward to seeing Phillip take state” championship honors, Gabrielle Romig said.
His sister said Romig always wanted to make people laugh.
“One time Chris answered the door for the pizza man in his wrestling singlet that was way too small,” she said. “He made sure to do stretches and lunges in front of the poor guy before taking the pizza and handing the guy the money that he had stored in the singlet, God only knows where.”
In Afghanistan, Romig was a cavalry scout and worked as a gunner on ground vehicles, she said.
When she last spoke to him on the phone, “he was very proud to serve the Army, but he was ready to come home for a visit,” she said.
Romig won an Army achievement medal in Korea last year and recently won a combat action badge after coming under enemy fire in Afghanistan, Gabrielle Romig said.
Published: Saturday, January 08, 2011, 9:59 PM
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Christian Romig Scholarship
The Romig Family presented the first GKHSAA
Christian Romig Community Service Scholarship, funded in part by the Romig
family. It was also awarded at the Grace King High School Awards Ceremony on
May 6, 2011. Nominees must have been nominated by a faculty member and
have participated in community service projects and civic involvement
throughout their high school career. The recipient received a $500 scholarship
awarded towards a four-year college or university, community college, trade
school, military service, Peace Corp or AmeriCorps.