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Military, Fire, & Police Discount
American Air Heating & Air Conditioning proudly supports our military members and first responders. As a display of appreciation for your service and sacrifice, we offer a five percent discount on equipment installation. Each day, these courageous men and women put their lives on the line, and we would like to thank them and their families for their commitment.
September 11, 2001, inspired many young men and women to join the military and defend our country in the War on Terror including SSG Christopher J. Birdwell. Chris joined the U.S. Army in March 2006, shortly after high school graduation, and was deployed for the first time to Afghanistan in August of that year immediately after graduating from boot camp. Chris faced two additional deployments to Afghanistan, the second in 2009 and the last in 2012. 2012 was the year to hand over the lead to the Afghan National Army (ANA) while the U.S. continued its support. It was also the year for the highest insider “Blue-on-Green” attacks.
On August 27, Chris’s unit left in the early hours of the morning on a route clearance mission to close one of their Forward Operating Bases (FOB). At approximately 7 am, one of the vehicles in their convoy was damaged by an IED explosion. The convoy halted and stopped all traffic in both directions to allow Chris and a few others to sweep and secure the area. An ANA convoy vehicle was allowed through and stopped short of the damaged vehicle. After speaking with the Afghan clip commander about their damaged vehicle, the gunner on the ANA convoy opened fire on Chris and SPC Mabry Anders. There was no chance for them to defend themselves from the unexpected gunfire. Chris and SPC Mabry Anders gave the ultimate sacrifice serving our country and will forever be our heroes.
Both soldiers were awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. After meeting SPC Anders' family, we found that both men shared common interests and personalities, including the uncanny ability to make people laugh and lift their spirits.
Behind the uniform, Chris was a man whose infectious laugh could make anyone smile; he was a generous friend and a servant of many. His vivacity for life was evident in his fondness for speed. Chris enjoyed everything from fast cars, motorcycles, and ATVs to skydiving and shooting sports. Ever a thrill-seeker, he loved snow and cold weather and enjoyed snowboarding, snowmobiling, and other outdoor activities. His talent for enjoying life touched everyone who knew him.