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For the version of the character that appears in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six, see Domingo Chavez.

Domingo "Ding" Chavez is a character that appears several Tom Clancy novels.


Domingo Chavez was born in Los Angeles, California on January 12, 1962. He grew up in a poor area of East Los Angeles where he joined a local gang called the Bandidos. In 1979, one of his close friends was killed in a drive by shooting. This event made Chavez realize that there was no future in a gang and prompted him to enlist in the military. After being rejected by the US Marine Corps, a US Army recruiter signed him up in order to meet his monthly quota, despite the fact that Chavez was near illiterate and had not yet earned a high school diploma.

Chavez was first stationed in South Korea to provide security at the DMZ. One night, North Korean infiltrators entered the DMZ and slit the throats of two men in Chavez's platoon. Their bodies were later discovered by Chavez the next morning. Chavez realized how serious his job was and became motivated to master it. He attempted to pay close attention to lectures and take notes but struggled due to his lack of a formal education. His platoon leader noticed this and helped him to earn his GED and a promotion to Specialist Fourth Class by the end of the year.

By 1984, Buck Sergeant Chavez was assigned to Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion of the 17th Infantry Regiment under the 7th Infantry Division near Monterey, California. Chavez was assigned to lead a squad of nine slick sleeves and was eventually promoted to Staff Sergeant. During operations, Chavez and his team became skilled in stealth, raids, infiltration, and intelligence gathering.

Clear and Present Danger

In 1988, Chavez received orders to become a drill sergeant with the Army's basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia. Before he could out-process however, a CIA agent named Edgar Jeffries arranged for a meeting with Chavez. Disguised as an Army Colonel, Jeffries recruited Chavez into the CIA's Special Activates Division with the promise of a promotion and a chance to repay his country for all the training it had poured into him. Chavez was placed on a black ops team, CAPER to undertake a secret a secret war against the Medellín Cartel in Colombia. During the operation, Chavez grew to look up to his squad leader, CIA Agent John Clark, who later became his mentor. Following CAPER's exposure, Chavez was rescued by Jack Ryan and Clark after the government abandoned them for political reasons. Chavez later married Clark's daughter Patricia Clark.

The Sum of All Fears

In 1991, National Security Advisor Elizabeth Elliot engineers a smear campaign against Jack Ryan, accusing him of having an affair and fathering a child. John Clark and Chavez convince Ryan's wife that the allegations are false.

Debt of Honor

In 1994, Chavez and Clark rescued the former Japanese Prime Minister.

Executive Orders

In 1996, Chavez helped Clark implement "Plan Blue" which saw the recruitment of law enforcement officers as intelligence officers. This would lead to the formation of the multinational counter-terrorist organization Rainbow in 1999.

Rainbow Six

Chavez was given the simulated rank of Major within the SAS and became the new leader of Rainbow Team 2.

Patricia gave birth to their son, John Conor Chavez, the same year.


Ding was formerly part of the 3rd Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, U.S. 7th Infantry Division, which had the motto, "Ninja! We own the night." In 1994, he carried ninja throwing stars (as a lucky charm). Before his operation in Colombia, he said "We (ninjas) own the night", before he "kills" an "enemy" jungle-warfare instructor. He is then recruited into the CIA's famed Special Activities Division.

Domingo is known to possess at least 3 Intelligence Stars; one issued in 1994 after a successful operation in East Africa, one issued for John Clark and Domingo during the Japanese conflict, as well as one for his ongoing operations carried out in 1996. These awards— given for valor in black operations that officially "never happened" are awarded secretly, and no medals or ribbons are worn: their existence is classified. They are analogous to the U.S. Military's Silver Star, but are much more rare.