Twenty-three American Soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan this month as of today’s date. Every one of them is an American Hero. Among the dead is Sgt. First Class Kristoffer B. Domeij, a highly decorated Army Ranger who was on his 14th tour of duty in the Global War on Terrorism. Read more about him below and see a photo and videos about our loses.
Decorated Army Ranger Killed in Afghanistan
Sgt. First Class Kristoffer B. Domeij was killed Saturday, October 22, 2011 when his convoy hit a road side bomb in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan. He was on his 14th tour of duty. He had served 4 tours of duty in Iraq and 9 in Afghanistan over the past 10 years. He has the horrific distinction of being the With Ranger with the most tours of duty to have been killed in combat.
He was able to do 14 deployments in the 10 years since he joined the Army in 2001 because the 75th Ranger Regiment generally deploys for shorter periods of time than other Army units. Special Operations units are ordinarily deployed for 3 to 4 months as opposed to a year because of the intense nature of their deployments. Altogether, Domeij had served 4-years of his life in combat.
Domeij was killed alongside two other Soldiers in the same IED blast, First Lieutenant Ashley White, 24, a Cultural Support Team member, and fellow Ranger Private First Class Christopher A. Horns, 20.
Domeij distinguished himself part of the 75th Ranger Regiment. He was one of the first ground Soldiers to qualify as a Ranger Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC), meaning he could coordinate Air Force and Navy air attacks from a ground position. He joined the Army in 2001 and was part of the tactical Ranger Team that famously rescued Jessica Lynch, a private who had been captured in the early part of the Global War on Terrorism.
75th Ranger Regiment Commander Colonel Mark W. Odom described Domeij as a ‘game changer’ on the battlefield.
Among his commendations are the Army Good Conduct medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal Overseas Service Ribbon (N4), Meritorious Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, 5 Campaign Medals (3 for Iraq and 2 for Afghanistan), 3 Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. He is to be awarded a Purple Heart posthumously.
Sgt. First Class Kristoffer B. Domeij was raised in San Diego, California. He was married to Sarah Domeij and had two daughters, Mikajsa and Aaliyah. He is also survived by his mother, Scoti and brother Kyle.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us . . . that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion . . . that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain . . . that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom . . . and that government of the people . . . by the people . . . for the people . . . shall not perish from this earth.
Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863