Faces From the Front for March 9, 2009 - Capt. Agustin Dominguez
Current Unit: 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad
Current Position: Fire Support Officer
Component: Active Army
Current Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Years of Service: 6
No stranger to the Middle East or the heat, Capt. Agustin Dominguez has deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom three times. The 29 year-old from Miami is a fire support officer assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division — Baghdad.
Dominguez and his Soldiers arrived in Baghdad in January and have partnered with the 8th National Police Brigade, 2nd National Police Division with a focus on reconstruction in Iraq. Having been on the ground in both Iraq and Afghanistan, dominguez has noticed many changes and improvements to the area and the partners they are working with.
"Now with our Iraqi partners you can see that they get it. They are disciplined, they are always uniformed and they always do the right thing," he said.
Throughout this deployment, Dominguez has been involved in several humanitarian projects to provide much needed goods to the citizens of Iraq. He and his Soldiers teamed with his Iraqi counterparts to distribute thousands of blankets and children's toys to residents in the New Baghdad district in the eastern section of the capital.
Dominguez also assisted Iraqi security forces on several reconstruction projects to revive the New Baghdad economy and create jobs for its residents.
"We are focused on the renovation and improvement of several markets and roads, especially the roads that have access to the shops," said Dominguez. "All these projects will create jobs because we will hire residents in the respective area."
Dominguez is hopeful that these reconstruction projects will serve as a model of partnership and cooperation between the government of Iraq, Iraqi Security Forces and coalition forces.
Dominguez is scheduled to command an airborne field artillery battery this summer. A 2003 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he is an avid athlete and plays rugby in his spare time.