Died on June 7, 2010 in Konar, Afghanistan
Spc. Blaine E. Redding was the eldest of two sons born to Teresa Redding and Blaine “Pete” Redding. Blaine was raised and educated in Plattsmouth. Nebraska, and was often seen fishing with his father. Growing up he and his brother Logan, who was very shy, maintained a strong bond. Blaine liked to bring out his brother’s personality by using him as his own personal crash-test dummy, finding all sorts of ways to put bumps and bruises on him. It was all in fun and the two brothers were always there for each other. Blaine grew into an impressive 6′ 4″ and 230 pound young man, with a desire to take the world on, his way. His family meant the world to him; he was honest, committed and fashioned himself after Robin Hood. After high school, Blaine worked for John’s Appliance in Plattsmouth before enlisting in the Army in September of 2007, the third generation of his family to serve. He was deployed to Iraq in 2008-2009. Stationed at Fort Campbell, Blaine found himself in a close knit group of friends from his unit. He also met the love of his life, Victoria “Nikki” Nichole Colwell, and they married on March 13, 2010, in Portland, Tennessee. Two months later he deployed to Afghanistan, assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. His younger brother Logan, also serving from Ft. Campbell, deployed at the same time. On June 7, 2010, a month into his deployment, Blaine was killed in action along with four other men in his unit when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. A couple of the other soldiers killed were close personal friends of Blaine and Nikki’s. Logan saw the explosion where he was only a few miles away. Logan did the hardest duty he would ever do, escorting his brother’s remains home to Nebraska. Blaine had wished to be buried in flip-flops, swimming trunks, and a t-shirt. Instead, many wore those items to his funeral in his honor.
Blaine’s other wish was to buried next to his grandfather in Oak Hill Cemetery in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. He was.