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First Name: Kristoffer

Last Name: Domeij

Birthplace: San Diego, CA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)



Middle Name: B.



Date of Birth: 05 October 1982

Date of Death: 22 October 2011

Rank: Sergeant First Class

Years Served:
Kristoffer B. Domeij

   
Engagements:
•  Afghanistan War (Operation Enduring Freedom) (2001 - present)
•  Iraq War (Operation Iraqi Freedom) (2003 - 2011)

Biography:

Kristoffer B. Domeij
Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army

Kristoffer B. Domeij was born on 5 October 1982 in San Diego, CA, and grew up in San Diego and Colorado Springs, CO. He graduated from Rancho Bernardo High School in 2001.

Military Service

Kris enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 2001. He completed his Basic Combat Training, and Fire Support Advanced Individual Training, at Fort Sill, OK. After graduating from the Basic Airborne Course, he was assigned to the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program at Fort Benning, GA. Following graduation from that program he was assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, in April 2002, where he served as a Forward Observer.

He also served in Headquarters and Headquarters Company as a Reconnaissance Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC), Company B, as the Fire Support Noncommissioned Officer, and again in HHC as the Battalion Fires Support Noncommissioned Officer. Domeij was one of the first Army-qualified Ranger Joint Terminal Attack Controller- Evaluators (JTAC), which is a position usually reserved for Air Force members who serve with ground combat units and call in airstrikes from fighters or bombers flying overhead.

His military education also included the Warrior Leader's Course, the Advanced Leader's Course, the Senior Leader's Course, U.S. Army Ranger School, Jumpmaster School, Pathfinder School, Joint Firepower Control Course, and Joint Fires Observer Course.

The Rangers, one of the Army's most elite Special Operations Forces, have seen almost continual combat in Afghanistan since October 2001 when they were part of the original airborne assault into the country.

Rangers serve three to four month tours of duty that are significantly shorter than the year-long deployments served by soldiers in conventional units. But during those short deployments, they see a constant churn of intense combat missions. On average, a Ranger battalion will conduct between 400 to 500 missions during a combat deployment.

Higher ranking enlisted Rangers, like SFC Domeij, typically have served between nine and 12 deployments if they were with the 75th Ranger Regiment prior to, or shortly after, 11 September 2001. In October 2001, Domeij was on his 14th deployment to a combat zone. He served four deployments in Iraq and nine in Afghanistan.

Killed in Action

Sergeant First Class Domeij was killed in action on Saturday, 22 October 2011, when the assault force he was with triggered a hidden roadside bomb in Afghanistan's Kandahar Province. Also killed in the blast were First Lieutenant Ashley White, 24, a Cultural Support Team member, and fellow Ranger Private First Class Christopher A. Horns, 20, who was on his first combat deployment.

At the time of his death, Domeij had a combined total of 48 months of deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. With his 14 deployments, Domeij became the Ranger with the most deployments to date killed in action. Just a year earlier, fellow Ranger SFC Lance Vogeler was killed in Afghanistan during his 12th deployment, becoming, at that time, the Ranger with the most deployments killed in action.

Remarks from Commanders

Colonel Mark W. Odom, Commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment, called Domeij "the prototypical special operations NCO" whose abilities as a JTAC "made him a game changer on the battlefield-an operator who in real terms had the value of an entire strike force on the battlefield."

Lieutenant Colonel David Hodne, 2nd Battalion Commander, described Domeij as "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," Hodne said.

Medals and Awards

Bronze Star Medal (3 Awards - the 3rd was awarded posthumously)
Purple Heart (Awarded posthumously)
Meritorious Service Medal (Awarded posthumously)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal (5 Awards)
Army Achievement Medal
Army Good Conduct Medal (4 Awards)
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 Campaign Stars
Iraq Campaign Medal with 3 Campaign Stars
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral '3'
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Ribbon with Numeral '4"

Tabs and Badges

Ranger Tab
Combat Action Badge
Expert Infantry Badge
Senior Parachutist Badge
Pathfinder Badge
Army Expert Rifle Marksmanship Qualification Badge

Honors

On 26 October 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown ordered that flags at all state government offices in California be flown at half-staff in memory of Sergeant First Class Kristoffer B. Domeij. A letter of condolence from Governor Brown was sent to the family.

Death and Burial

Sergeant First Class Kristoffer B. Domeij was killed in action on 22 October 2011 in Afghanistan's Kandahar Province during support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was 29.

Domeij is survived by his wife, Sarah, and daughters Mikajsa and Aaliyah of Lacey, WA; his mother, Scoti Domeij of Colorado Springs, CO.; and his brother, Kyle Domeij of San Diego, CA.



Honoree ID: 1846   Created by: MHOH

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