Many soldiers are considered heroes for their actions on the battlefield. Staff Sgt. Randy D. Eoute, 38, is a hero for his actions off it.
In February 2007, he learned his brother-in-law, who had been diagnosed with cancer, needed a liver transplant to survive. Eoute (pronounced /"you-it/"), then stationed in Hawaii, didn’t hesitate to volunteer.
He flew across country to undergo tests at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to confirm his donor eligibility. He later underwent a 13-hour surgery that transplanted more than half his liver into his brother-in-law, Michael T. Kriner.
More than a year later, Kriner has a fully functioning liver and remains cancer-free. /"What a man!/" he wrote to Army Times. /"Thank you, Randy. You saved my life./" Eoute was supposed to stay at the hospital for the recommended four to six weeks of recovery. But he was back on duty within three weeks because he had already used his annual 30 days of leave for the testing, surgery and recovery.
Eoute, an infantryman who enlisted in the Guard at age 17, is serving a 15-month tour in Iraq as a Stryker gunner.
Sgt. Jamiell Elizabeth (Goforth) Dominguez, 24, of Fort Hood, Texas, received a full scholarship from Viterbo University in Lacrosse, Wis., to participate in ROTC and become a commissioned officer.
But Dominguez asked the university to delay her scholarship so she could deploy for the second time to Iraq beginning in June. She is serving as a flight medic with Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), 4th Combat Aviation Brigade.
Dominguez, who recently re-enlisted for six years, also was the brigade’s soldier of the year. She went on to win the 4th Infantry Division and Forces Command soldier of the year competitions and placed in the top three in the Sergeant Major of the Army Warrior of the Year Competition, earning a Meritorious Service Medal. Dominguez, who studied performing arts before enlisting in the Army, also has earned the Expert Field Medical Badge.
"There are no limits to her potential," Command Sgt. Maj. Mickey W. Somers wrote to Army Times.