Sgt. Daniel A. Rodriguez

July 24, 2012


FORT DRUM, N.Y.    Sgt. Daniel A. Rodriquez, 28, assigned to the 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum, died Tuesday, July 18, when his vehicle was struck by an enemy improvised explosive device in Ghazni City, Afghanistan. 

He was born Dec. 1, 1983 in Bronx, New York, the son of Luz Soto and Jose Rodriguez. 

He married Tiffanie Buckey on May 31, 2002 in Annapolis, Md. 

Rodriguez joined the Army in July 2002. After training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he was assigned to Fort Richardson, Alaska, and Fort Hood, Texas. He arrived at Fort Drum in March 2010. 

Rodriguez deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from October 2003 to October 2004. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from November 2005 to November 2006 and June 2008 to June 2009. He deployed with his unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in April 2012. 

Rodriguez's awards and decorations include two Purple Hearts, the Army Commendation Medal, three Army Achievement Medals, a Meritorious Unit Commendation, three Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Non Commissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge, the Driver and Mechanic Badge and the Basic Marksman Qualification Badge. He also completed the Air Load Planner course, the Combatives Level 1 course, Master Driver Training course, the Warrior Leadership course and the Combat Lifesavers course.

He is survived by his wife, Tiffanie, his three children, Celeste, Serenity, and Daniel Jr., Fort Drum; his mother, a brother, Hector Soto, Bronx; and a sister, Sandra, Manhattan. 

Calling hours will be held 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 30, at Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc., 500 State St., Carthage. A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 31,  in the chapel of the funeral home with full military honors. 

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