A current and former Woodstock resident recently connected while serving together overseas.
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Christian Styles and Army Reserve Maj. Keith Grant grabbed a photo together while working at Erbil Air Base in northern Iraq. The two officers are deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force — Operation Inherent Resolve, the 75-nation coalition working to ensure the permanent defeat of ISIL in Iraq and Syria.
Styles lived in Woodstock during his youth before his family moved to Charlotte. He later attended the University of South Carolina, where he commissioned into the Army through the school’s ROTC program. As the Combat Camera Team Leader for the Army’s 55th Signal Company out of Fort Meade, Maryland, Styles oversees a team of soldiers spread across Iraq and Kuwait in support of the counter-ISIL mission.
Grant has lived in Woodstock with his wife, Nan, since 2015. A 17-year Army veteran, he is serving as the Public Affairs Officer and senior leader in charge of Base Camp Services for Erbil Air Base. Located in the capital of the autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan, the base currently supports 3,600 military and civilian personnel from 13 coalition countries. A graduate of Washington and Lee University, Grant served two previous combat deployments to Iraq as an infantry officer with the 1st Cavalry Division.