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gtcrispy
01-06-2010, 10:53
http://www.thenewstribune.com/293/story/1017444.html?storylink=omni_popular

DuPont man among seven killed in Afghan suicide attack

Matt Misterek; The News Tribune
Published: 01/05/10 7:28 pm | Updated: 01/05/10 8:06 pm


A DuPont resident and former Fort Lewis soldier was one of seven U.S. intelligence agents killed by a suicide bomber who infiltrated a base in Afghanistan last week, his widow said Tuesday.

Dane Clark Paresi, a retired Army master sergeant, died Dec. 30 in the blast at a forward military base in Khost province, on the restive Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Paresi, 46, retired from 1st Special Forces Group at Fort Lewis in 2008, capping 27 years in the Army, and was working as a contractor alongside CIA employees when he was killed, according to family and friends.

Paresi’s family has made its home in DuPont since 2005. The Portland native is survived by his wife, MindyLou, and daughters Alexandra, 24, and Santina, 9, as well as his parents and five siblings.

MindyLou Paresi was at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Tuesday after meeting the flag-draped coffins of her husband and the other fallen operatives. A small private ceremony Monday was attended by CIA Director Leon Panetta, other agency and national security officials, and friends and family.

“We are devastated, we are broken, but we are also very proud of him,” MindyLou Paresi said in a phone interview. “All of the agents are national heroes because they were there to do a job, a very large job. What it was I do not know exactly, but they were heroes fighting the war against terror.”

Official details of the suicide attack are sketchy, and the incident is under investigation. But counterterrorism officials in the Middle East said Tuesday the bomber, a Jordanian, was a suspected double agent.

Jordan’s intelligence directorate, which also lost an operative in the attack, reportedly believed it had recruited the physician-turned-militant to help track down al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader, Ayman al-Zawahri. The would-be informant came to the base Dec. 30 on urgent business, according to wire service reports.

It was the deadliest single attack on U.S. intelligence personnel in decades.

MindyLou Paresi said she was told her husband was at the meeting inside the military compound and suspected something was wrong. When he approached, the informant detonated his explosives. She said her husband was right next to the bomber, the closest person to the blast.

“He saved many people, unfortunately seven of them did die,” she said, noting that others were wounded. “It could have been worse.”

She credited her husband’s employer, Xe Services (formerly Blackwater), for keeping her informed and taking care of the family’s emotional, financial and other needs over the last several days.

One of Dane Paresi’s closest friends was Sgt. Jeff Hall. They were different ages, different ranks and different specialties at Fort Lewis – Paresi was Special Forces, Hall was a MP with the 66th Military Police Company – but they both liked to fish, camp and smoke cigars on the front porch.

Their wives and kids knew each other before the fathers did.

“The first time I was officially introduced to him, I had just gotten back from Afghanistan,” recalled Hall, 38. “He drove up with a big smile on his face and parked in my front yard.”

Their wives were friends from working together at Chloe Clark Elementary School in DuPont. Their daughters were friends from school and skated together. Paresi made sure those bonds were protected.

“He was like a dad to my kids when I was deployed,” said Hall, who was reassigned to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., in late 2008.

Paresi received multiple awards and medals, including several bronze service stars, for overseas tours in Mauritania, Philippines, Iraq, Bosnia, Rwanda, Southeast Asia, Kenya and Afghanistan.

A wake is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Vancouver, followed by services at 10 a.m. Saturday, and full military honors and burial at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Paresi’s death adds to the list of Northwesterners to die trying to secure Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001. A total of 61 service members from Washington state or assigned from military installations around the state have died there – 36 in the last year alone, mostly from Fort Lewis.

In a way, Paresi brings the sacrifice full circle. The explosion that killed him took place at Forward Operating Base Chapman, named for Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Chapman of Puyallup. He died on Jan. 4, 2002 – the war’s first casualty – and also belonged to 1st Special Forces Group.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Matt Misterek:253-597-8472
matt.misterek@thenewstribune.com

Red Flag 1
01-06-2010, 11:32
Rest In God's Peace MSGT Paresi!!

Thank you for your service, and your sacrifice!!

May all who sacrificed their lives that day rest in God's Peace!!

greenberetTFS
01-06-2010, 11:55
Rest in Peace, Warrior ........................:(

Big Teddy :munchin

wet dog
01-06-2010, 12:03
Rest in Peace warrior.

I had the good fortune to work with Dane Paresi last year at Ft. Lewis, WA.

He will be missed by many.

Rest well.

Tatonka316
01-06-2010, 12:12
Rest in Peace, MSG! Thank you for your service to our country and OUR Special Forces family. You will always be missed and NEVER forgotten.

molon labe

JJ_BPK
01-06-2010, 12:24
RIP MSG Paresi, Vaya con Dios..

ZonieDiver
01-06-2010, 13:44
Rest in Peace.

MK262
01-06-2010, 16:02
Rest in Peace sir.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

SF_BHT
01-06-2010, 16:29
Rest in Peace Brother.......

csquare
01-06-2010, 17:22
Rest in Peace Dane. Prayers go out to your family

Stras
01-06-2010, 17:29
Rest in Peace Brother

head
01-06-2010, 18:22
Rest in peace, MSG. Prayers for your family.

blue02hd
01-06-2010, 18:50
RIP brother.

jbour13
01-06-2010, 18:54
RIP MSG Paresi

B36reconman
01-06-2010, 20:18
RIP MSG

Stealthed
01-06-2010, 23:52
RIP MSG Paresi... your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Rogue
01-07-2010, 10:21
Rest in Peace

Enigma0122
01-07-2010, 11:53
Rest in Peace, Brother. Prayers out to family and friends left behind. Your sacrifice will not go unnoticed.

LR27
01-07-2010, 12:22
RIP, warrior.

Firewolf
01-22-2010, 09:47
It was an honor to serve with you in Iraq, brother.

Deadhead 63A1
01-23-2010, 21:29
Thanks for everything, Dane.

Goggles Pizano
01-24-2010, 07:33
In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti, Amen.
In pace requiescat MSG Paresi.
Dominus vobiscum.

Penn
01-25-2010, 04:37
Rest in Peace MSG Dane, may God bless and keep you always.