Quadi S Hudgins

Quadi S Hudgins

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U. S. Army
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.

Quadi’s portrait is not yet on a poster


8 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

  4. SGT Brian Dolan, 101 FA (TAB) says:

    I was there that night. It haunts me, my mind goes back to 2 April 2011 10,000 times a day. I am so very very sorry that I couldn’t have stopped it.

  5. Charles Hudgins says:

    I miss you nephew stopping by to see me when you came through Philly

  6. Ashley Hudgins says:

    Thank you to the Fallen Heroes Project for adding him to the site. I was stationed at Fort Campbell , KY as well and that is where I Met Quadi we were friends first and soon after a family. He is one of the hardest working men I have ever known and he loved the sport of boxing and was one hell of a fighter. He won a few matches in Fort Huachuca, Tennessee, Fort Hood and won Ringside champion as well he came home with a big belt. He also was a very talented dancer. Aww man did he have the moves you can even watch some of his videos on youtube. Thank you for the portrait our daughter loves it. I still send in his info with hopes of a Poster being created for the US Gallery I think I have Sent it over 5 times already. I just got him added to http://www.rememberingourfallen.org which is a traveling gallery. Cant wait to have him added to this one as well.

    I want to thank all the men and women who were there that night and gave their all SSG. Pippen I have yet to reach out to you but so many times I attempted. I have heard stories from Canales who also was there he told me all about you over and over and over again and one other individual whom I know of. I would so love for you all to meet this wonderful Princess of Ours.

  7. Ashley Hudgins says:

    Correction I meant to say the american fallen soldiers project…

    Carmilee is one of his very close friends (basically his sister). I remember calling her the first out of all his friends I will never forget that conversation it brings tears to my eyes all the time. She met up with me in Arlington and we went to the grave together along with her mother and mine as well. Thank you for being a great friend to him..

  8. Eric Wedge says:

    Please forgive me for not reaching out sooner. I was stationed with SSG Hudgins at FT Hood and in Iraq at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Kalsu. I have memories of SSG Hudgins I would like to attempt to capture for friends and family. SSG Hudgins was committed to throughly completing missions. He mission focused and was on the road in Iraq daily providing security to semi truck convoys delivering supplies to various FOBs in our area of operation. He loved his wife Ashley and daughter Nyima and would talk about his family when those around him were talking about their families back home. I remember his witty sense of humor.

    I have several news clippings in my garage one being the article in the Stars and Strips with the reported deaths of SSG Hudgins and SSG Christian Garcia both of whom died in the same attack. this tragic day was almost nine years ago,,,, I would like for the Hudgins family to know Quadi will never be forgotten.


    Eric Wedge

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