It is with deepest sympathy that I announce the death of Sergeant First Class Rudy Salcido, age 31 on 9 November 2006, Baghdad, Iraq. Sergeant First Class Salcido died as a result of injuries received when his vehicle encountered an IED. Sergeant First Class Salcido is survived by his wife Jennifer, daughter Gabriella, father Peter Salcido and mother Maybelle Luevano.
Sergeant First Class Salcido enlisted in the United States Army on 22 February 2000 and served until 15 March 2005, for a net active service of 5 years and 24 days. During this period Sergeant First Class Salcido served as an Ammunition Specialist. After completing active duty, Sergeant First Class Salcido was transferred to the USAR Control Group (Reinforcement) and on 16 May 2005, he enlisted in the California Army National Guard as a member of Troop A, 1st Squadron 18th Cavalry in Pomona. In June of 2005, Sergeant First Class Salcido was ordered to active duty special work (ADSW) in the Recruiting Office in Ontario, CA, and again in September 2005 to support Gulf Coast Relief. Sergeant First Class Salcido also proudly served with the Veteran’s Honors Program. In April of 2006, Sergeant First class Salcido transferred to the 1114th Transportation Company as Motor Transport Operator Squad Leader. On 5 May 2006, Sergeant First Class Salcido was ordered to active duty with the 1114th Transportation Company for the purpose of OCONUS DEPLOYMENT ISO OPN IRAQI FREEDOM. Sergeant First Class Salcido excelled in all assignments and his awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.