Domingo Chavez

Domingo Chavez

Domingo "Ding" Chavez is a fictional character described as a "passionate Latino" by American author Tom Clancy and appearing in many of his novels and video games.


Born in Los Angeles, California, date of birth January 12, 1968. Throughout his life as a child and teenager, he had been raised as a gang kid. He subsequently joined the Army to escape the life after a friend was killed by a rival gang. Domingo was first recruited to be a member of a secret CIA-run anti-drug operation in Colombia in Clear and Present Danger, while he was still a staff sergeant (E-6) in the U.S. Army. He first met John Clark during this novel and has worked with him since. He has at least two advanced degrees and is fluent in English, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, and Persian. He is married to John Clark's daughter, Patricia, and they have a child, John Conor Chavez. He, along with Clark, rescued a Japanese politician who was former prime minister (and later re-elected) in Debt of Honor. Soon after the events in the Japanese conflict, Domingo worked again with John Clark in implementing "Plan Blue" (recruitment of law enforcement officers as intelligence officers) during Executive Orders. Clark and Chavez lead multiple operations for President Ryan in this novel, some inside Iran. He later was recruited into and became a team leader (with the rank of simulated major) in the multinational counterterrorist organization RAINBOW in Rainbow Six, which defeated several terrorist groups and prevented a bioterrorism plague. He later became "Six" himself in the later Rainbow Six video games, such as Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas. The position was formerly held by his father-in-law, John Clark.

He reappeared in Dead or Alive, set after Ryan left the Presidency, as a veteran Rainbow member. After he and John lead a Rainbow team in a successful hostage rescue at the Swedish embassy in Libya, they are forced to retire from the CIA. Chavez and Clark then accept jobs with "The Campus", an off-the-books intelligence agency founded by Ryan late in his administration. They immediately go on the trail of "The Emir", an international terrorist leader (obviously based on Osama bin Laden) who was planning a series of attacks against the U.S.


Ding was formerly part of the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, U.S. 7th Infantry Division, which had the motto, "Ninja! We own the night". In Clear and Present Danger, he carries ninja throwing stars (as a lucky charm). Before his operation in Colombia, he says "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 at the beginning of Debt of Honor after a successful operation in East Africa, one issued for John Clark and himself during the Japanese conflict (see Debt of Honor for the conflict; notice of issue in Executive Orders) as well as one for his ongoing operations carried out in Executive Orders (noted during Rainbow Six as Golovko reviews his file 'thought to possess no less than 2 Intelligence Stars'). 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.


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