Warrior Games Profile - Darryl Dutton

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(Editor's Note: From September 28 to October 4, more than 40 athletes representing the Air Force will be in Colorado Springs competing in the 2014 Warrior Games. This is a profile of one of those athletes, providing a behind-the-scenes look at who they are and the sport they represent. Note: Some profile information in the graphics may be outdated due to recent birthdays or events. The most current player information is below.)


Name: Tech Sgt. Darryl Dutton (Ret.)

Team: Warrior Games
Sports: Wheelchair Basketball, Sitting Volleyball, Track and Field DOB: 19 Jul 1981
Birthplace: Burlington, VT
Hometown: Milton, VT
Current Residence: Colchester, VT
Injury: PTSD, TBI, Lower/Upper Body Impairment

Personal Profile:

Retired TSgt Darryl “D.J.” Dutton joined the Air Force in November 2000, volunteering to pursue the Explosive Ordnance Disposal career field. In December 2001, he graduated from the Eglin AFB, Florida, technical school and proceeded to Dyess AFB, Texas. Throughout his 12 year career, he was also stationed at Eglin AFB, Florida, Incirlik AB, Turkey, and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. His deployments included Oman, 2 times to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and 3 times to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. On his final mission in September 2011, TSgt Dutton was en route to disarm a possible improvised explosive device (IED) when a member of his security team triggered an additional IED that was unable to be seen. Being in close proximity to the IED explosion, his injuries caused him to be medevac’d to Brooke Army Medical Center for treatment and recovery. He sustained degloving to his left leg and left arm and a ruptured ear drum. During the recovery process, TSgt Dutton and his doctors realized that a medical board would have to be completed and he was medically retired in December 2012. He continued his government service and is working as an Immigration Management Assistant for the Department of Homeland Security. He is married to his wife Stacy and has 2 children.

Personal/Professional Achievements:

Bronze Star Recipient
Purple Heart Recipient
Meritorious Service Medal Recipient
Named 1 of 3 worldwide Revision Military’s “Remarkable Heroes” for 2012 Major General Lupia award winner in 2011 exemplifying superior leadership skills