Thursday, January 03, 2008

Army Capt. Thomas J. Casey

Remember Our Heroes

Army Capt. Thomas J. Casey, 32, of Albuquerque, N.M.

Capt. Casey was assigned to the Military Transition Team, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.; died Jan. 3, 2008 in As Sadiyah, Iraq, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire during combat operations. Also killed was Maj. Andrew J. Olmsted.

The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE — An Army captain from New Mexico who was killed in Iraq is being remembered as a devoted father and a natural leader.

Capt. Thomas J. Casey, 32, of Albuquerque was killed Thursday in As Sadiyah when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire, the Defense Department said. Also killed in the attack was Army Maj. Andrew J. Olmsted, 37, of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Casey graduated from Albuquerque Academy in 1993 and attended New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico, graduating with degrees in Spanish and Portuguese.

A former classmate said he expected Casey to be successful one day.

“As an adult now, I look back on our childhood when he was in sports and all that stuff, and you could kind of see he was a natural leader,” said Danny Brown, who attended school with Casey from first through 12th grades. “It really doesn’t shock me that he went into the military and was as good a leader as he was.”

Casey’s family remembers him as an “amazing family man.”

He and his wife, Leslie, had two children, ages 3 and 1. The family lived in Reno, Nev. Casey’s father, John J. Casey, lives in Albuquerque.

“Free time (for) a military officer is precious and limited, but when there was free time, (he) spent every possible minute with his wife and children,” said a statement issued Saturday through the Nevada National Guard, which provided casualty assistance for his family in Reno.

Casey was a military intelligence officer serving on a transition team assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division out of Fort Riley, Kan. Transition team training is a 60-day cycle at Fort Riley to prepare teams of American soldiers, airmen and sailors to advise, teach, mentor and coach their Iraqi or Afghan counterparts, the military said in a news release Saturday. Fort Riley said he was deployed on the team in June.

Casey had retired from the Army three years ago after his first tour in Iraq. His family said he later re-enlisted.

April Conway, a spokeswoman for the Nevada National Guard, said Casey was a linguist for a few years with the Army.

Casey and his wife met at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif. They were married in October 1998.

Casey was the first soldier with New Mexico ties to be killed in Iraq in 2008. Last year, 12 New Mexicans died in Iraq and one was killed in Afghanistan.

Army Capt. Thomas J. Casey was killed in action on 1/3/08.

5 comments:

jbpatt2 said...

Tom was a truly gifted officer and a professional in every way. He was fun-loving, always smiling, and a friend to all. He will be greatly missed...a true hero. May God be with his family during this time.

MSG Joseph Patton
0414 MiTT
Samara, Iraq

Anonymous said...

thank you captain casey for making the ultimate sacrifice...

Anonymous said...

If Capt. Casey could stand in battle to ensure my freedom, then I will stand in grief with his family to honor him, now that he's gone.

To the family of Thomas Casey, my sincere sadness and sympathy for your loss.

Maggie, NC said...

It is the people like Captain Casey who stand in the face of adversity for the sake of others, who make this life worth living.

To the family: May peace be with you during this difficult time. My deepest sympathy for your loss.

Anonymous said...

It is the people like Captain Casey who stand in the face of adversity for the sake of others, who make this life worth living.

To the family: May peace be with you during this difficult time. My deepest sympathy for your loss.

Maggie, NC