Curtis Jackson Baker was born on December 23, 1986, to Chris and Diane Baker. He had a passion for hunting, fishing, boating and all things outdoors. He married his high school sweetheart Sara in June of 2007 and together they had two beautiful daughters Ashlyn and Brooklyn.
Curtis enlisted in the United States Army in 2005 as an AH-64D Apache Helicopter Crew Chief (15R). He completed Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Eustis, Virginia. Captain Baker commissioned through the Army Green-to-Gold Program in 2015 from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Curtis served in several positions of increasing levels of responsibility throughout his career. As a Noncommissioned Officer, he served as the Maintenance Platoon Sergeant for 3-159th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade in Illesheim, Germany; Quality Control Platoon Sergeant for 1-25th Aviation, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade serving at both Fort Carson, Colorado and Forward Operating Base Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan. After commissioning in 2015, Captain Baker served as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and Battalion S4 Officer In Charge within Fox Troop, 6-17th Air Cavalry Squadron, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Carson, Colorado; Deputy Support Operations Officer for 710th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10 Mountain Division (Light), Fort Polk, Louisiana; and Commander of Echo Forward Support Company, 317th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Fort Polk, Louisiana. Captain Baker’s assignments culminated as the G4 Logistics Officer for the United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Fort Rucker, Alabama.
Curtis’s military awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Valorous Unit Citation with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one Campaign star, the Iraq Campaign Medal with one Campaign star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral Three Device, the Army Service Medal, the Overseas Service Medal, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, the Combat Action Badge, Drive and Mechanic Badge with Driver-Wheeled Vehicle(s) clasp, and the Senior Aviation Badge.
Curtis is survived by his wife, Sara Baker, and daughters Ashlyn and Brooklyn. His Parents: Chris Baker and Diane Brost (Billy); Sisters: Brittney Plummer (Jason); Breanne Clayburn (Quart); Grandparents: Derryle and Sue Baker; Paul and Harriet Carey and six nieces.
Memorial Service for Curtis will be held on Saturday, May 28th, 2022 at the Rangely Christian Church at 11:00 A.M. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at the Rangely Cemetery immediately following the service.