Petty Officer Second Class, United States Navy
Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 064-10
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Xin Qi, 25, of Cordova, Tennessee, died January 23, 2010, while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan. Qi was assigned to Fourth Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Marine Expeditionary Brigade – Afghanistan.
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Qi was 25 years old and joined the Navy in
June of 2006.
A 25-year-old Navy reservist and former University of Texas student was killed Saturday while serving as a Navy Hospital Corpsman alongside U.S. Marine forces in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Xin Qi, of Cordova, Tennessee, was living in Central Texas and taking classes at the University of Texas before his deployment, said Lieutenant Commander Michael Evans, commanding officer of the Navy Operational Support Center at Camp Mabry, where Qi served as a Navy reservist.
“Petty Officer Qi was a dedicated sailor and an invaluable asset to both his reserve unit and to my staff,” Evans said in a statement. “He always lent his time and excellent corpsman skills to my medical department on drill weekends, which directly contributed to Austin’s sailors maintaining their medical and dental health at 100 percent, keeping them ready to answer our country’s call at a moment’s notice.”
Evans said Qi had volunteered for his deployment with the Fourth Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense said Qi was killed while supporting combat operations. According to published reports, Qi was killed in a suicide bomb attack that killed a Marine and left others wounded.
Corpsmen, who are enlisted medical specialists, provide battlefield medical aid to Marine Corps units.
Posted: 7 April 2010
Photo Courtesy of Eileen Horan, April 2010