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Special Forces soldier from JBLM had served more combat tours than any other fallen Ranger

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Oct. 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm with 6 Comments »
October 27, 2011 3:50 pm

The Army said today that one of two Joint Base Lewis-McChord special operators who were killed in Afghanistan last weekend had served on more combat deployments than any other fallen Army Ranger.

Sgt. 1st Class Kristoffer Domeij was on his 14th deployment as a Ranger. He had served on 10 missions in Afghanistan and four in Iraq.

“To volunteer that many times to deploy speaks volumes to Kris’ character and dedication to his country,” Tracy Bailey, spokeswoman for the 75th Ranger Regiment, told The Associated Press. “He was larger than life. The man everybody wanted to be around.”

Domeij was awarded two Bronze Stars for his service overseas and will be awarded a third Bronze Star posthumously, along with the Purple Heart, according to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

Domeij’s grandmother today wrote a tribute to him in The Dispatch of Columbus, Miss.  “Army Ranger, Sgt. First Class Kristoffer Domeij loved his country and served proudly,” Nancy Hanks Springfield wrote.

She also wrote that his death left her with lasting questions about the nation’s current wars.

“I understand the declared wars of World War I and World War II, wars that we were allowed to win,” she wrote. “I do not understand the undeclared wars that we were not and are not allowed to win at the cost of American lives in Korea (33,686); Vietnam (58,000); Iraq (4,478); Afghanistan (2,770) and brought no victory and peace to these countries. I would like to have some comfort, some justification for these killings in wars our Congress did not declare. How can I believe the death of my grandson and other brave men and women killed in these senseless wars will bring victory and peace to Asia, the Middle East, and even our own United States?”

Domeij was killed with Ranger Pfc. Christoper Horns of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Lt. Ashley White of the North Carolina National Guard. Domeij and Horns were the third and fourth soldiers from Lewis-McChord’s 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment to die in combat on their current tour.

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  1. Lordbulify says:

    Well thank you aging TNT for pointing out the negative of this chance to be truly honoring of this mans service and sacrifice. I am sure you could of used another statement from grandma other than the one the TNT chose to add to the news story.. Look my point is that this solider and warrior chose to VOLUNTEER to go each and every time and knew what might very well happen and yet he went again and again.. Not discounting grandma but it could have been left out of your article all together and found by each of us who had read her statement!! Just makes it look like TNT has an agenda other than to just report and tell the story… SO you could have used this part of her statement “Yes, we grieve, but as a family of faith, our only modicum of comfort is that life is eternal. When our mortality embraces its immortality; when our souls return to our Creator and Savior; when our temples of clay are laid to rest, then, and only then, will our grief be complete and “God will wipe away our tears; there will be no more death, no more sorrow, no more crying, no more pain, for the former things will have passed away.”

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  2. Amen.

  3. Amen.

  4. DonRansdell says:

    For once the News Buffon got it right.

    Public sector, meet private sector economic reality

    Onward and upward goes the compensation of some government employees, even during the deepest economic distress in generations.
    Published: 10/28/11 12:05 am
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    Onward and upward goes the compensation of some government employees, even during the deepest economic distress in generations.

    The latest bit of government largess – 5 percent pay increases – has gone to Tacoma Fire Chief Ronald Stephens and Police Chief Don Ramsdell. Their salaries will now be, respectively, $181,534 and $180,551.

    That may or may not be too much in a city the size of Tacoma. What’s interesting is the thinking behind the raise: These two had to be paid more because they were in danger of being overtaken by their subordinates.

    Without the increase, the city’s deputy fire chiefs and assistant police chiefs – all unionized, despite their high-management status – stood to make more money than their bosses.

    Government compensation is rife with that kind of logic: Someone else gets more, so our guys ought to get even more than them. What clobbers taxpayers are the constant rounds of leap-frogging between one jurisdiction’s pay schedule and the pay schedules of “comparable” jurisdictions.

    Public officials have a quaint notion of “market” pay. In the private sector, “market” is roughly defined as what you have to pay good employees to make them want to stick around. Otherwise, they complain with their feet.

    In government, market pay is generally defined as what someone in a similar position in another government makes – regardless of whether attrition is a threat.

    The City of Tacoma recently passed out millions of dollars worth of raises to its employees on the basis of such market comparisons, even as a $26 million hole has opened in its current biennial budget. The raises reflect the city council’s expensive policy of paying workers at least 70 percent of the highest pay given to their counterparts in similar cities.

    Officials sometimes claim that the higher-than-average compensation is needed to keep employees from jumping ship. That’s true for some scarce specialties – Tacoma Power’s linemen, for example.

    But compensation is only one factor that can lure an employee to a better-paying position elsewhere. A more important factor is whether that better-paying position exists in the first place. Even before the new raises, the City of Tacoma wasn’t suffering from undue attrition in most job classifications for a simple reason: Jobs are scarce – and most employees have nowhere to go.

    To their credit, many government unions and elected officials now recognize they can’t keep riding the gravy train at the expense of private taxpayers who are enduring the real-world economy.

    Pierce County unions have been signing no-COLA contracts; Tacoma’s rank-and-file police have now gone two years without general raises. State of Washington employees this year accepted a 3 percent cut in pay through furloughs and swallowed a greater share of their health expenses.

    But get a load of Tacoma’s police and fire deputy chiefs: They’ve pulled in raises of more than 10 percent over three years – three years known to less fortunate souls as the Great Recession. Even for their bosses, that’s a hard act to follow.

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  5. @Lordbullify: I completely understand your sentiments, but the point still needs to be made. Why do we find ourselves in a position where someone feels the need to go and fight 14 times in the span of a decade? He may have volunteered for it, but why was there a need?

    His grandmother had nothing but respect for her grandson’s service, but she feels as if her loss doesn’t serve a greater purpose. Don’t you think that she’s entitled to ask these questions?

  6. thebestofthebest says:

    Yes I do. And as corny as this may sound, her grandson, and many other grandsons just like hers, gave their lives, limbs, and sanity, for her to be able to freely ask these questions.

    Grandma, you ask any GD question you want. We got your back.

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