Saturday, June 02, 2007

Chadrick O. Domino dies 'of wounds suffered when he encountered enemy small arms fire while on dismounted patrol'

An Ennis soldier was killed Thursday in Baghdad, the Department of Defense has announced.

Spec. Chadrick O. Domino, 23, was posthumously promoted to sergeant, a spokesman at Fort Lewis, Wash., said, adding, “Our thoughts and prayers and condolences are with the family.”

Domino, a 2002 Ennis High School graduate, died from wounds suffered when he encountered enemy small arms fire while on dismounted patrol. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Divison (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) at Fort Lewis.

The military base, which is the nation’s third-largest Army post, according to the News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash., has more than 10,000 of its 28,000 personnel deployed to Iraq, with the Stryker forces handling some of the most intense, front line operations.

Domino joined the U.S. Army on Nov. 20, 2002. He attended initial entry training at Fort Jackson, S.C., where he was trained as an administrative specialist, and reported to Fort Lewis on May 2, 2003. He was initially assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, and deployed to Iraq from November 2003 to November 2004. In August 2004 he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry within the same brigade, and deployed with the Stryker Brigade to Iraq in June 2006.

He held the primary Military Occupational Specialty of 11B: Infantryman, and a secondary specialty of 42A: Human Resources Specialist.

His civilian education includes a high school diploma. His military awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal (two awards), Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Combat Action Badge.

From the Waxahacie Daily Light