Staff Sgt Thomas Duane Rabjohn
Born: February 19, 1970 in Sierra Vista, Arizona.
Died: October 3, 2009 in Afghanistan
Staff Sgt. Thomas Rabjohn of Litchfield Park, Arizona started his military career as a United States Marine serving a tour a duty in Iraq. He was currently a Phoenix Police officer since 2002 and a member of the Arizona National Guard, assigned to the Guard’s Coolidge-based 363RD Ordnance Company, which deployed to Afghanistan in April 2009. The company’s mission was to eliminate explosive hazards and provide ordnance disposal support. Tom was dedicated to service in both the Guard and the Phoenix Police Department. His awards include the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (Hourglass and “M” Device), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Arizona Long Service Medal, Arizona Service Ribbon (two oak leaf clusters) and the Arizona Recruiting and Retention Ribbon (one oak leaf cluster). Staff Sergeant Thomas “Tom” D. Rabjohn was a well respected EOD Operator and Police Officer who was dedicated to service as self-evident by his service in both the Arizona National Guard and the Phoenix Police Department. He died at age 39 of wounds sustained during combat operations in Afghanistan. SSgt Rabjohn is survived by his wife Nikki, and his three daughters.
363rd Explosive Ordnance Detachment
Burial is National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona – Sec 57 Site 1049