Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Dustin M Adkins

Finger, Tennessee

December 4, 2006

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
22 Army Sgt

Group Support Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group

Fort Campbell, Kentucky

 Was pronounced dead Dec. 4 of injuries suffered after the Chinook helicopter he was in made an emergency landing near Haditha, Iraq, Dec. 3.


Special Forces Group Support Soldier Dies in Iraq

U.S. Army Special Forces Command Public Affairs Office

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Dec. 5, 2006) — An Army special operations Soldier stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky. died on Dec. 3, in Iraq while deployed in support of combat operations as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Spc. Dustin M. Adkins, 22, a dental specialist assigned to the Group Support Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) died from injuries sustained after the U.S. Marine CH-46 helicopter he was riding in made an emergency water landing in western Al Anbar Province.

A native of Finger, Tenn., Adkins enlisted in the Army May 20, 2003, as a dental specialist. After completing basic combat training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and advanced individual training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, he was assigned to the GSB, 5th SFG(A).

Adkins arrived at 5th SFG(A), in Nov. 2003. He deployed on his second tour of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Aug. 2006.

Adkins’ awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Parachutist Badge. 

Adkins is survived by his wife Tiffany, son Matthew, daughter Atlanta, mother Karen Scudder of Finger, Tenn., and father Richard Adkins also of Finger, Tenn.

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