Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Date of Death: Feb 18, 2007 in Operation Enduring Freedom
Unit: Air Force, 24th Special Tactics Squadron
Air Force Sergeant Loved Excitement
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Duffman, of the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, and seven other members of a unit nicknamed the "Night Stalkers" were killed Feb. 18 when a MH-47 Chinook transport helicopter crashed in Afghanistan's Zabul province. Fourteen others were injured.
Duffman knew he wanted to be a pararescueman from the time he was small, Stanhope said. He grew up in Albuquerque, where his mother, Rose, was stationed as an Air Force medic. His stepfather was also in the Air Force.
Pararescuemen, first deployed in the jungles of Burma in World War II, are among the nation's elite Special Forces. Their mission is to rescue and recover downed or injured troops.
Duffman loved what he did, Stanhope said. As mourners began to gather, Stanhope reminded Duffman's mother of an Air Force recruiting film. In it, Duffman was asked why he was a pararescueman. "He answered, 'I love saving lives and this is the most exciting way I can think to do it.' "