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First Name: Steven

Last Name: Faulkenburg

Birthplace: USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Huntingburg, IN
Middle Name: Wayne

Date of Birth: 17 December 1958

Date of Death: 09 November 2004

Rank: Command Sergeant Major

Years Served:
Steven Wayne Faulkenburg

•  Iraq War (Operation Iraqi Freedom) (2003 - 2011)


Steven Wayne Faulkenburg
Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army

Steven Wayne Faulkenburg worked some factory jobs after graduating from high school, but they just didn't interest him. But the U.S. Army did satisfy him and that is where he ended up spending 26 years serving his country.

On 9 November 2004, Command Sergeant Major Steven Wayne Faulkenburg was serving with the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In the early morning hours that day, CSM Faulkenburg’s unit was engaged in combat action against enemy forces during the initial assault into Fallujah, Iraq. CSM Faulkenburg was dismounted and organizing the soldiers around him after had just finished leading a battalion of Iraqi soldiers through the breach lane. As enemy small arms fire burst out from two sides, CSM Faulkenburg issued fire commands to his gunner and, as they raced forward into the contact, he was mortally wounded. CSM Faulkenburg was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart for his actions on that date.

Medals, Awards and Badges

Bronze Star Medal
Purple Heart
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Army Good Conduct Medal with 2 Silver Knots
National Defense Service Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon
Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon
Combat Infantryman Badge
Parachutist Badge
Air Assault Badge
Ranger Tab


On 25 January 2005, The Faulkenburg Theater, a Morale, Welfare and Recreation movie theater facility was dedicated in memory of Command Sergeant Major Steven Wayne Faulkenburg for soldiers and all personnel at Forward Operating Base Warhorse, Iraq. Although the facility was built for movie entertainment, it can also be used for live performances, briefings or educational purposes. See Dedication Photo


Command Sergeant Major Steven Wayne Faulkenburg is buried in the Nashville National Cemetery in Madison, Davidson County, TN.


Honoree ID: 4791   Created by: MHOH




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