In Memory of Capt. Christopher Adams
Capt Christopher J.
Rescue HC-130 Pilot
Christopher Adorns, called “Chris” had two loves in his life; His
best friend and fiancée Air Force Capt. Karen Oullette and their new
32-foot cabin cruiser, dubbed the “Diamond Ring.” He named his boat
for his girl, because after their wedding, the couple was going to sail
Diamond Ring to the Bahamas for the honeymoon that never was. Most of
their friends received their wedding invitations days before the blast.
to friends, Adams knew he and Karen were going to get married five years
ago. It was the last thing on their “Five Year Plan” that was right
would drop everything in a second to stop and help someone else,” said
fellow Capt. Ted Ferguson, who also was Adams’ roommate and friend of
peers said his concern was always his people. “That was his job as an
officer. When he made a decision as an air craft commander, his concern
was always his crew -
what was best for his crew,” said Capt. George Kochis, pilot.
“And every one’s input was important, from the junior airman up.
agreed: “Chris would do anything for the good of the squadron and its
people. One year, Chris volunteered to take a Saudi rotation for a
married guy so he could spend the holiday with his family.”
also volunteered for and participated in airlift operations during
Operation Desert Calm, and was selected to fly a sensitive mission
filming the oil fires in Kuwait during Desert Storm.
later deployed to Provide Promise, the humanitarian airlift into Bosnia,
and flew 16 missions under combat conditions.
and Adams were with Chris the day before he left for Saudi. They took
Diamond Ring for a voyage on the Indian River and ran her aground.
said they spent a good part of the night trying to get the boat free so
they could dock it and catch his flight the next day.
The above article was written by Lynda Valentine, 45th Space Wing Public Affairs, Patrick AFB, FL.