FORT LEWIS, Wash. – The Department of Defense announced today the death of Maj. David L. Audo, 35, of Saint Joseph, Ill., while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Audo died Oct. 27 in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment (CID), 22nd Military Police Battalion (CID), 6th Military Police Group (CID), Fort Lewis, Wash.
According to unit records, Audo was commissioned as an Army Lieutenant on December 22, 1997. He served as a Gold Bar Recruiter at the University of Illinois at Champaign in January 1998, and was assigned to the 630th Military Police Company in Schweinfurt, Germany the following September. From 1998 to September 2000, he served as a platoon leader, deploying with the unit to Kosovo from July to November 1999. He was assigned to the 793rd Military Police Battalion, also in Schweinfurt, in September, 2000, where he served as a logistics officer and personnel officer, and deployed with his unit to Kosovo from November, 2000 through May, 2001.
In September, 2002, he was assigned to the 716th Military Police Battalion at Fort Campbell. He deployed with the unit to Iraq in March, 2003, serving as a battalion personnel officer. While deployed, he also served with the 101st Military Police Co. as a company operations officer. He rejoined the battalion upon his return to Fort Campbell in February, 2004, and deployed with the unit to Afghanistan in January, 2005. He redeployed to Fort Campbell in September, 2005. In January 2006 he was assigned to serve as a provost marshal in Southport, North Carolina.
He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 22nd Military Police Battalion at Fort Lewis on July 26, 2009, where he served as the executive officer for the battalion’s forward element in Iraq.
Audo’s civilian and education includes a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana (1998), and a Master of Arts in Business and Organization Security Management from Webster University (2002).
His military education includes Air Assault School (1995), the Military Police Officer Basic Course (1998), Protective Services Training (2001),
Military Police Officer Advanced Course (2002), Combined Arms and Services Staff School (2002), Defense Language Institute Spanish-American Language Course (2008), Intermediate Level Education- Common Core Course (2009), and Intermediate Level Education – Qualification Course (2009).
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Army Commendation Medal (two awards), Army Achievement Medal (four awards), Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (three awards), NATO Medal, and Air Assault Badge.
On behalf of the entire Fort Lewis military and civilian community, we extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Maj. Audo.