A United States Army Ranger who has served in 14 combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001 was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, ABC News reports.
Sgt. First Class Kristoffer B. Domeij, 29, was killed on Saturday in Kandahar Province when his elite unit accidentally set off a roadside bomb.
A member of the U.S. invasion force that went into Iraq in 2003, Domeij served in all in "four deployments in Iraq and another nine stints in Afghanistan," ABC News' Luis Martinez and Christina Caron reported Tuesday.
Domeij had earned many distinctions since joining the elite special unit in July 2001. He was a three-time recipient of the Bronze Star. He was also part of the unit that was involved in the "rescue of wounded [U.S. Private Jessica] Lynch from an Iraqi hospital where she was being held captive," Martinez and Caron wrote.
In addition, they note, with his death Saturday on his 14th deployment, Domeij became the Army Ranger "with the most deployments to date killed in action." Prior to Domejj's death, the U.S. Army fatality with the greatest number of deployments had been Sergeant First Class Lance Vogeler, who "was killed in Afghanistan during his 12th deployment," last year, Martinez and Caron note.
Rangers typically serve in more frequent deployments, which run for shorter intervals. But even by Ranger standards, Domeij served more combat deployments than many of his elite peers.
"Tracy Bailey, a spokesperson for the 75th Ranger Regiment, says Domeij had a combined total of 48 months deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan," Martinez and Caron reported.
Domeij, a native of Santa Ana, California, was married with two young daughters.
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