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Army Hero Killed In Afghanistan During 14th Deployment

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By Justin L. Ayoub, Christian Post Reporter
October 26, 2011|9:56 pm

An American Army Ranger was killed by a roadside bomb Saturday in Afghanistan during his 14th deployment.

Sgt. First Class Kristoffer B. Domeij, 29, died on Saturday after the assault force team he was with triggered an improvised explosion device in Kandahar.

Domeij previously served four tours in Iraq and nine in Afghanistan. He received two Bronze stars during that time and will receive a third Bronze star for his final deployment.

The Ranger tallied a total of 48 months on tour in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Tracy Bailey a spokeswoman for the 75th Ranger Regiment.

Domeij is a 10-year-veteran of the Army Rangers special operations team. Before his death, he had the honor of being the Ranger with the most deployments yet to be killed in action, according to a Daily Mail report.

The bomb also killed First Lieutenant Ashley White, 24, and Private First Class Christopher A. Horns, 20, who was serving his first combat tour.

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Battalion commander Lt. Col. David Hodne said Domeij was "one of those men who was known by all as much for his humor, enthusiasm, and loyal friendship, as he was for his unparalleled skill and bravery under fire."

"This was a Ranger you wanted at your side when the chips were down... He is irreplaceable … in our formation … and in our hearts," he added.

Col. Mark Odom said Sgt. Domeij was "one of those men who was known by all as much for his humor, enthusiasm, and loyal friendship, as he was for his unparalleled skill and bravery under fire."

Domeij was one of the first Rangers qualified to be a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC), permitting him to coordinate Air Force and Navy air attacks from the ground. The position is usually held for members of the Air Force.

The Ranger, who grew up in San Diego, leaves behind his wife, Sarah, and two daughters.

 

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