NASCAR honors fallen Airman

The late Tech. Sgt. Scott Duffman of Albuquerque, who died in Afghanistan on active duty in 2007 at the age of 32, was honored by the NASCAR industry as part of a special Memorial Day Weekend tribute during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 27.

CONCORD, N.C. — The late Tech. Sgt. Scott Duffman, who was raised in Albuquerque, was memorialized as part of 600 Miles of Remembrance on Sunday, during the Coca-Cola 600 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.

The names of Duffman and other U.S. Armed Forces members who lost their lives in military service were displayed on the windshields of each of the 40 cars in the race. Bubba Wallace’s ride carried Duffman’s name.

Duffman was killed in the crash of an MH-47 Chinook helicopter near Kabul, Afghanistan, on Feb. 18, 2007, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

He was born on Aug. 14, 1974, in the Philippines, and was raised in Albuquerque. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on Aug. 26, 1992, and completed basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas, in October 1992.

After completing Air Force Pararescueman training and Special Tactics team training, Duffman served as a Pararescueman with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., from October 1994 to January 1997. He then served the 56th Rescue Squadron at Keflavik Naval Air Station, Iceland, from January 1997-January 1998, and then back with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron from January 1998 to January 2001.

Duffman served as a Special Tactics Team Member, Pararescueman and Special Tactics Instructor with the 24th Special Tactics Squadron at Pope AFB, N.C., from January 2001 until he was killed.