Chief Warrant Officer Alex Gilchrist 5-1-84 to 7-20-08. Alex served two tours of duty. Afghanistan 2003-2004, Iraq 2004-2006. He first served with the 82nd Airborne Infantry on both of those tours of duty. Alex went to flight school and received his wings to fly Kiowa helicopters I believe in 2006 or 2007. Alex had just had his pre deployment family visit and after only 3 days he was gone. Alex loved life and it was a shock to find out he was gone.
CW2 Alexander D. Gilchrist (“DJ Nevoc”), 24, of Watertown, N.Y., formerly of Huxley, died Sunday, July 20, in Destin, Fla. Burial with military honors will be in Ankeny Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Alex was born May 1, 1984, in Des Moines. He lived in Elkhart and Cambridge before moving to Huxley and graduating with honors from Ballard High School. During his senior year in high school he won three national championships as a BMX bike racer and several state and regional championships. He was known for encouraging and teaching others about the sport. His other love was music. At age 14, he started remixing music in the basement, and his career progressed to playing in many clubs around the world as “DJ Nevoc.”
He started in the DEP Program while in high school. After boot camp, he was a member of the 82nd Airborne for over two years in infantry. His career progressed to Chief Warrant Officer 2 in May 2007, and he graduated from Aviation Officer Basic Course Flight School in June 2007. He was assigned to the Alpha Troop “Assassins,” 6-6 Cavalry Regiment.
He loved his supporting family. He was a very kind, giving person who lived life to the fullest.