FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq - Today's Soldier in Focus is Capt. Agustin Dominguez, 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, of Miami, is a first-generation Cuban-American. He entered the U.S. Army in 2003 after receiving his commission from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and is serving his second deployment to Iraq. No stranger to the Middle East, the 29 year-old has also deployed to Afghanistan.
Dominguez and his Soldiers have partnered with the 8th National Police Brigade, 2nd NP Div., since arriving in Iraq in January. Since his last deployment to Iraq, the improvements are what stand out.
"Now with our Iraqi partners you can see that they got it, they are very good, 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 renovation 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 renovations projects will serve as a model of partnership and cooperation between the Government of Iraq, ISF and Coalition Forces.
Dominguez is scheduled to command an airborne field artillery battery this summer.
When he is back home in the U.S., Dominguez is an avid athlete and loves to play rugby.