Fort Bragg-based soldier killed in Afghanistan

From staff reportsOctober 25, 2012 

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Stephen Duskin

COURTESY U.S. ARMY

— A Special Forces soldier based at Fort Bragg was killed in Afghanistan this week, according to the Defense Department.

Chief Warrant Officer Michael S. Duskin of Orange Park, Fla., died Tuesday in the Chak District of Wardak province. Duskin, 42, was hit by small-arms fire while on foot patrol, according to the Defense Department.

Duskin was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group.

According to the Army, Duskin enlisted as a forward observer in 1993. After his initial training, which included Airborne School, he was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, where he served for three years before leaving active duty and joining the Florida National Guard. He was trained in Special Forces while in the guard.

He was mobilized to active duty in 2001 and deployed with the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group. Afterward, he returned to active duty, eventually becoming an instructor at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg. He joined the 1st Battalion in 2010 and served as an assistant detachment commander in Company A. His most recent deployment to Afghanistan was his seventh deployment since 2001.

Duskin’s awards include two Bronze Stars, one of which was awarded after his death, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Commendation Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

He is survived by his wife, three children, a sister and his parents.

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