Chris was born on September 24, 1982 in Boston, Massachusetts, living for a time in Ohio and moving to Littleton, Colorado in 1992. Chris graduated from ThunderRidge High School in 2001.
Falkel enlisted in the Army in fall of 2001. After basic training, he attended Airborne School at Fort Benning and went on to train in the areas of Special Operations and Special Forces. He was assigned to Operational Detachment, Alpha 316, Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) as a weapons sergeant (18B), and was promoted to staff sergeant in 2004.
Chris was deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was killed in action there on August 8, 2005. He was later buried at Arlington National Cemetery.