1/27/2010 12:54 PM
By: News 8 Austin Staff
"According to the Department of Defense, Petty Officer Second Class Xin Qi, 25, died in combat.
Qi was originally from Cordova, Tennessee, but attended the University of Texas.
The Commanding Officer of Camp Mabry’s Navy Operational Support Center, Lt. Com. Michael Evans, said Qi put his education on hold to volunteer for deployment.
"Petty Officer Qi was a dedicated sailor and an invaluable asset to both his reserve unit and to my staff here at Navy Operational Support Center in Austin," Evans said.
"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," he continued.
Qi was assigned to the medical department of the 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.
“I, along with the rest of staff and the entire United States Navy Reserve population, mourn the loss of a great corpsman and Navy sailor, Petty Officer Second Class Xin Qi. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this difficult time," Evan said.
Funeral and memorial services for Qi are still pending."