Texico native earns honor with Army

Staff Report
A third-generation Texico native has made military history.

Sgt. 1st Class Dominic Askew was the first soldier to be awarded a Basic Army Instructor’s Badge in September at Fort Hood after completing more than 80 hours of service as a leadership course instructor, according to an Army news release.

“Sometimes I think, ‘Is this my son?’ Sharon Askew said about her son’s accomplishment. “Because I am not used to the change in him. That’s what makes me prouder than anything, his leadership and love for the military.”

Dominic Askew grew up in Texico, playing sports and graduating from Texico High School in 1998. In 2002, he joined the Army and has been serving as a PATRIOT missile operator and leadership course instructor.

Dominic Askew said that although he never anticipated winning a leadership award when he first joined, he takes great pride in teaching young non-commissioned officers the basics of leadership.

“It’s a great accomplishment,” Dominic Askew said. “It’s a natural ability that I do have: leadership. I get it from my dad. I was very excited about it.”

Dominic Askew said after he retires he would like to be a middle school basketball coach.

“He’s doing such an awesome job, he’s such a leader,” Sharon Askew said. “I’m just glad he’s been able to experience something other than little old Texico.”