Natl Guard facility to be named after soldier

Posted at 6:44 AM, Jan 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-09 08:44:37-05

An Arizona Army National Guard armory is being named in honor of a National Guard sergeant and Phoenix police officer who was killed in action while deployed to Afghanistan.

The 158th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade's armory at Papago Park Military Reservation in Phoenix on Saturday will be named the Thomas D. Rabjohn Readiness Center.

Rabjohn was killed Oct. 3, 2009 while trying to disarm improvised explosive devices. The Guard says Rabjohn disarmed one device and then saved the lives of two fellow soldiers by warning them he'd discovered an additional device.

Rabjohn was assigned to the 363rd Explosive Ordnance Company and on his second deployment to Afghanistan. He served in the Marine Corps from 1989-1993 before joining the National Guard in 1996.

Rabjohn joined the Phoenix Police Department in 2002.