Monday, December 10, 2007

Tribute to a Soldier: Sgt. Donnie Dixon

Our military is making incredible progress bringing security and democracy to the people of Iraq, but there is still a lot of work to be done and the danger to our troops is not over.

This article is about Staff Sgt. Donnie Dixon, one of our soldiers who died recently.

(To the left are three photos: Top photo- Sgt. Donnie Dixon pulls security while on patrol in Aug 14, 2007; Middle photo- Sgt. Donnie Dixon; Bottom photo- Unveiling of dedication sign to Sgt. Dixon in Baqouba, Iraq)

Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, gathered in what was known as the "Grey Wolf" Square at Forward Operating Base Warhorse, outside of Baqouba, Iraq, for a dedication ceremony and renaming of the square to honor a fallen friend and Soldier, Staff Sgt. Donnie Dixon.

Dixon died of wounds received in combat Sept. 29, 2007. Those who proudly served with him during the brigade's deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08 gathered to render one last salute and unveil the dedication sign which bears Dixon's gleaming smile at the newly-named square, Nov. 22.

"Today we dedicated the Grey Wolf Square and renamed it to the Dixon Square after Staff Sgt. Donnie Dixon, for his contributions to the Army and to his service in Iraq," said friend and fellow Soldier, Staff Sgt. Mario Whitaker, non-commissioned officer in charge of the commander's Personal Security Detachment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

The Dixon Square is used by the Soldiers stationed at Warhorse as a hang-out spot - a place where they can call their families, get online or grab some well-deserved coffee or pizza. With new Soldiers coming and going from Warhorse everyday, Whitaker said he hopes those coming in will take notice of the efforts and achievements Dixon made for his unit, his country and his family.

"I hope that when the new Soldiers coming to Warhorse look at the sign of Staff Sgt. Dixon, they see that joyful smile on his face," Whitaker said. "He was always happy, no matter what the situation or circumstances were. Even though we are in Iraq, ducking bullets and dodging [improvised explosive devices], he always had that smile on his face.

"This dedication was very important because Staff Sgt. Dixon was a great guy, father, leader and friend," said Whitaker. "He sacrificed everything he was known for to come over here and try and make Iraq a better place.

"He never griped or complained about anything; he always accomplished every mission that was placed before him," he continued.

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2 comments:

sade said...

i would like to say that he was a wonderful soldier and a great uncle, i will never forget him.
his niece,
sade dixon

Anonymous said...

DADDY I MISS YOU AND ITS NOT THE SAME EVERTIME I SEE YOUR PICTURE OR HEAR ABOUT PEOPLE SAYIN I HATE MY DAD I FEEL LIKE CRYING. YOUR MEMORIAL IS COMING UP AND I DONT WANT TO GO BECAUSE IM SCARED OF REALLY CRYING.I LOVE AND MISS YOU DADDY. LOVE YOUR DAUGHTER SHABRIA