KIA October 23, 2012
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Michael Duskin was killed October 23, 2012 in Chak district, Wardak province, Afghanistan after encountering small-arms fire during a dismounted patrol. During the fire fight that took his life, CWO2 Duskin rushed forward to help American and Afghan soldiers in his unit when three Taliban insurgents ambushed them, personally taking out two of the Taliban in the process.
Born in 1970, Duskin volunteered for service as a Forward Observer in the U.S. Army in 1993 before serving his country for the following 19 years. During his time in the military, Duskin spent time as a 75th Ranger, and a Florida National Guardsman where he earned his status as a Green Beret. He most recently served as the Assistant Detachment Commander in Alpha Company where he was deployed on his fifth tour in Afghanistan – his seventh overall deployment. Those that served with him fondly remember him as a strong leader and brother-in-arms. Derek Ray, who went to warrant officer training with Duskin said, “The man embodied what a Green Beret should act and look like. He was the best warrior I ever met.”
At 6’5” and 300lbs, his family and friends lovingly called him “Sasquatch,” but it wasn’t just his frame that made him larger-than-life. He had a way of making people feel safe in his presence, and for making people smile. “He had a booming laugh that could fill a stadium that you couldn’t help but laugh with him, and an infectious smile,” his wife, Maggie described.
CWO2 Duskin’s awards include three Bronze Stars, two Meritorious Service Medals, a Purple Heart, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal among countless others. As a career military man, he also had the Expert Infantryman Badge, the combat Infantryman Badge, the Basic Parachutist Badge, and the Special Forces Tab.
Army CWO2 Duskin leaves behind wife Maggie Duskin, three children – Nathan, Jake, and Lexie, parents – George and Claire Duskin, and sister Ann Duskin Chauffe.
CWO2 Duskin was 42 years old from Orange Park, Florida.
Original portrait by artist Jonathan Stasko was presented May 25, 2016 to Michael’s family during the Duskin & Stephens Annual Beef n Beer.