• BAGHDAD - Paratroopers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad stand in attention as they prepare to fire the volleys for Sgt. Justin Duffy, June 7, at Joint Security Station Loyalty. Duffy served as a team leader for the personnel security detachment for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. He was killed when an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle during combat operations, June 2, in Baghdad.

    BAGHDAD - Paratroopers of the 3rd Brigade...

    BAGHDAD - Paratroopers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad stand in attention as they prepare to fire the volleys for Sgt. Justin Duffy, June 7, at Joint Security Station Loyalty. Duffy served as a...

  • BAGHDAD - Col. Timothy McGuire (left), brigade commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, and Command Sgt. Maj. King Parks, senior enlisted leader for the 3rd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div., pay their respects to Sgt. Justin Duffy during a memorial ceremony, June 7, at Joint Security Station Loyalty. Duffy served as a team leader for the personnel security detachment for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. He was killed when an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle during combat operations, June 2, in Baghdad. Duffy, a native of Cozad, Neb., is survived by his parents, Joseph and Janet Duffy, and two sisters.

    BAGHDAD - Col. Timothy McGuire (left), brigade...

    BAGHDAD - Col. Timothy McGuire (left), brigade commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, and Command Sgt. Maj. King Parks, senior enlisted leader for the 3rd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div., pay their...

  • BAGHDAD - Capt. Steve Smith (left), places an 82nd Airborne Division unit patch on the memorial for Sgt. Justin Duffy, June 7, at Joint Security Station Loyalty, located in the 9 Nissan district of eastern Baghdad. Capt. Smith, along with Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Smith, served as Duffy's supervisors for the personnel security detachment of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div.

    BAGHDAD - Capt. Steve Smith (left), places an...

    BAGHDAD - Capt. Steve Smith (left), places an 82nd Airborne Division unit patch on the memorial for Sgt. Justin Duffy, June 7, at Joint Security Station Loyalty, located in the 9 Nissan district of eastern Baghdad. Capt. Smith, along with Sgt. 1st...

  • BAGHDAD - Maj. Gen. Daniel Bolger (left), commander of Multi-National Division-Baghdad, and Command Sgt. Maj. Rory Malloy, senior enlisted leader of the MND-B, pay their respects to Sgt. Justin Duffy during a memorial ceremony, June 7, at Joint Security Station Loyalty, located in the 9 Nissan district of eastern Baghdad.

    BAGHDAD - Maj. Gen. Daniel Bolger (left)...

    BAGHDAD - Maj. Gen. Daniel Bolger (left), commander of Multi-National Division-Baghdad, and Command Sgt. Maj. Rory Malloy, senior enlisted leader of the MND-B, pay their respects to Sgt. Justin Duffy during a memorial ceremony, June 7, at Joint...

  • BAGHDAD - A photo of Sgt. Justin Duffy, along with his awards, decorations and several commander's coins, are displayed after the memorial ceremony in his honor, June 7, at Joint Security Station Loyalty, located in the 9 Nissan district of eastern Baghdad. Duffy was described by his leaders as a loyal Paratrooper who lived by the noncommissioned officer's creed and always placed the needs of his troopers before those of his own.

    BAGHDAD - A photo of Sgt. Justin Duffy, along...

    BAGHDAD - A photo of Sgt. Justin Duffy, along with his awards, decorations and several commander's coins, are displayed after the memorial ceremony in his honor, June 7, at Joint Security Station Loyalty, located in the 9 Nissan district of eastern...

BAGHDAD - A Multi-National Division-Baghdad Paratrooper, killed in eastern Baghdad last week, was honored for his service and ultimate sacrifice during a memorial ceremony at Joint Security Station Loyalty, June 7.

Sgt. Justin Duffy, a 31-year-old infantryman from Cozad, Neb., was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

He was killed in action when an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle during combat operations, June 2, in the 9 Nissan district of eastern Baghdad. Duffy was serving his first deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Col. Timothy McGuire, commander of the 3rd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div., spoke about Sgt Duffy's selfless service and devotion to duty.

"Today we gather to honor a modern day Paratrooper who paid the ultimate sacrifice to ensure we win our generation's struggle," he said. "Sgt. Duffy was tough, loyal and dependable. You always knew Justin had your back and could be counted on."

"He was willing to put himself in harm's way to protect the people of Baghdad, build Iraqi capacity and defend our fellow Americans back home," he added.

His fellow Paratroopers remembered a man who was caring and dedicated to his work and his fellow comrades.

"Sgt. Duffy was a hard-charging professional who wanted to master his equipment and himself," said Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Smith, who served as Sgt. Duffy's platoon sergeant for the company's personnel security detachment. "Sgt. Duffy was my go to guy because I knew if I gave him the hard jobs he would accomplish them. He cared about troopers and their families, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family. He will never be forgotten."

Duffy enlisted in the Army in June 2007 as an infantryman. He completed his one-unit station training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with bronze service star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Parachute Badge.

He is survived by his parents, Joseph and Janet Duffy, and two sisters.

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