Quadi S Hudgins

Quadi S Hudgins

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NEW ORLEANS, LA, US
U. S. Army
SSG, MAINTENANCE TROOP, REGTAL SPT SQD, FORT HOOD, TEXAS
04/02/2011, BABIL, IRAQ

Twenty-six year old Staff Sergeant Quadi Shareem Hudgins was killed on April 2, 2011 as their position was attacked by indirect fire in Babil, a province between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers south of Baghdad, Iraq.   He was assigned to the Maintenance Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas. SSG Hudgins was one of two soldiers killed in the attack.   His awards include two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, a Meritorious Unit Commendation, two Army Good Conduct Medals, a National Defense Service Medal, a Korean Defense Service Medal and an Iraqi Campaign Medal. He also received an Air Assault Badge, for completing the Army’s Air Assault School.

After graduating from high school, SSG Hudgins joined the United States Army on 18 June 2003 and attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Georgia.  After Basic Combat Training, he reported to the Fire Center of Excellence in Fort Gordon, Georgia for Advanced Individual Training in Radio and Communications Security (COMSEC).  As a COMSEC Repairer, SSG Hudgins was reassigned to Maintenance Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas as a Senior Radio and Communications Security Repairer.  In August 2010, SSG Hudgins deployed in support of Operation New Dawn to COS Kalsu, Babil Province where he served as a lead vehicle commander in the Convoy Security Detachment Platoon. He joined the 3rd ACR in June 2010, four months before the regiment deployed to Iraq with the mission of helping train Iraqi police and military forces.  SSG Hudgins had previously deployed supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom October 05 to September 06.

Staff Sergeant  Hudgins had a penchant for boxing, which he said stemmed from the fights he was involved in on the way to and from high school, in a neighborhood he called “highly territorial,” according to a March 2010 interview published in the Fort Hood Sentinel, an Army publication.  He won various boxing honors for himself, and his Fort Hood unit at the 2010 All-Army Boxing Tournament.  SSG Hudgins’ uncle told him, “If you are going to fight somebody, you might as well do it in the ring,” SSG Hudgins reported this to the Fort Hood Sentinel, as he reported on his and other soldiers’ competitive boxing efforts.   Brave Rifle Hudgins was scheduled to leave Iraq early to redeploy to Fort Carson, Colo. to train with the Army Boxing team. It was to be another step toward fulfilling his dream to compete in the 2012 Olympics.

Staff Sergeant Hudgins is survived by his wife Ashley, daughter Nyima Cherrelle, his parents Charles and Katrina Hudgins. He was a proven fighter, in the ring and on the battlefield. He also was a loving father who wrote his daughter’s name on his boots, in his hat and on his boxing gloves. “Military service is a calling, not a job,” said a fellow service member, “These men gave their lives answering that calling.”

Senator Willard-Lewis executed Senate Concurrent Resolution (SLS) 11RS-421 during the 2011 Regular Senate Session to honor SSG Hudgins.

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3 Responses to “Quadi S Hudgins”
  1. Shontae Hudgins says:

    My name is Shontae Hudgins the sister and the oldest of Quadi Hudgins. Our Mother is katrina Hudgins and Charles Hudgins is our grandfather. Yes my grandfather has raised Quadi to become a strong and good man. I love my brother for all that he has accomplished and i will never forget that. I truly honor and respect my brother and any other soldiers who has and is doing a great job to put there life on the line for there country. My brother will be missed dearly by his daughter Nyima Hudgins, grandmother Shirley McGil, Mother Katrina Hudgins, sisters Shontae Hudgins, Nysheerah Hudgins, Nache Hudgins brothers Naim Hudgins, Branden Hudgins. Uncles and Aunts and cousins and many friends. Rest well brother we love you and miss you so much!

  2. To the family, my name is SSG Robert Pippen. I am a combat medic, I gave my all working on your brother that night. I have the memorial flyers that were given in KALSU. I know it’s not much, but I would be honered to give it to you. I don’t know what to say other than I am sorry for your family. I have a family of my own and could not imagine the pain. Believe me when I say there’s not a day that goes by when I do not think of that night. Maybe we can find some peace, please feel free to contact me. My number is 1(406) 465-6503… Please do not hesitate to contact me.

  3. Carmilee Harris says:

    I have been friends with Quadi for years now, we met at Fort Campbell and did two deployments to Iraq together. He was a brother to me and I miss him so much. I think of him everyday and I know he knows it. I was in Afghanistan when he was in Iraq this time and his passing tore me apart. Quadi was funny, fun and so down to earth … Never met anyone like him and he will never be replaced! Love you always Q – Always your Army sister

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