Christopher & Beth Maybe

Christopher Maybe and his wife Beth.

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Joining the military was something Christopher Maybe always wanted to do.

“I come from a long line of servicemen,” he said. “Both grandpas — one in the Marines and one in the Army — an uncle in the Army and my great-grandpa in the Army. So I ended up joining the Army.”

“One of my grandpas missed Vietnam by three days. They had just ended the war,” Maybe said. “My father is in law enforcement. Service is just part of life.”

Maybe, who was born in Green River, Utah, but raised in Rexburg, didn’t waste any time waiting for his chance to serve. Three days after graduating from Madison High School in 2005, he left to go to basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

He finished his training at Fort Lee, Virginia. Before he had even finished basic training, he got orders for deployment. He went to California for two weeks, got to visit his family and then he was off to Fort Bliss, Texas, to be mobilized.

He was deployed in the spring of 2006 for Kuwait and then Iraq. Only three companies up to that point had been deployed in the history of that unit. He returned to Spokane, Washington, a year later but spent a total of eight years in the Reserves, he said.

“The first year was real active, then it died down after that,” Maybe said.

While in Iraq, he served in three different positions. His first was as a gate guard for three months.

“That was pretty boring,” he said.

Then he did a three-month stint working on a Military Transition Team, which was a training team for the Iraqi Army. They trained 3,000 soldiers on convoy operations, such as how to respond to an ambush.

“MiTT was probably the most fun,” he said. “We lived with the interpreters and got a handle for their culture and how everything was going.”

His last position was as an escort for visiting civilians. With the transportation and convoys, Maybe was able to see most of the country except the western side, he said. He helped out at a fuel site during their downtime.

“We ran 12-hour shifts around the clock,” he said.

Maybe saw firefight ahead of him and behind him but never had any direct close calls, he said.

“The closest thing was an RPG that flew about 30 feet from where I was at in the building,” he said. “On our first border attack, I thought, ‘Oh, this is really happening,’ but after two to two and a half months, it just became background noise.”

“I think the surreal part was in basic training and that culture shock,” he said.

He returned from Iraq in April 2007.

“The other long stint I did was a month in Japan for the Yama Sakura drills, like the big South Korean drills you always hear about on the news,” he said.

They participated in the war game drills for about 35 days.

“It was a lot of fun,” he said.

During that time, he actually spent more time in his assigned military job than at any other time.

“My job was in food service, but I only cooked realistically a total of eight times and most of that in Japan,” he said. “At the end of my eight years, they finally fixed the kitchen, though.”

So, along the way, he worked a variety of other jobs and positions like with the nuclear biological group or with 88 November doing route reconnaissance and transportation management, he said.

Overall he really enjoyed his service in the military.

“It definitely set me on my career path I’m on now,” he said. “It pointed me into law enforcement.”

He has worked in the Madison County Sheriff’s Office for about two years. He took an Idaho {span}Peace Officer Standards and Training{/span} course to get certified in detention last February.

“I work down in the jail right now,” he said.

He attributes his success in his new field to the discipline and self-mastery that he gained during military service.

He got out of the military in 2013. He got married, and he and his wife Beth have five children. The three boys are 7, 6 and 4. The two girls are 3 and 1.

“We’re busy and on our toes,” he said.

“I’m really proud of what I’ve done and been able to accomplish for my country,” he said. “It’s upsetting to see everyone squabble over stupid stuff. It’s not what you hope for as you finish your service and see the state of affairs. I’m still proud and still happy I did it. We need to get back and focus on the people,” he said.