Special Forces combat medic’s body arrives at home after being found dead on base

Sergeant Michael Deck

A US Army combat medic from Ohio was returned home after his mysterious death at his duty station in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

31-year-old Sergeant Michael Deck was found dead in his on-base residence on July 10, according to a statement from the Public Affairs Office for the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg.

Deck had enlisted on July 11, 2010, and had served in Afghanistan twice as a combat medic. Prior to becoming an “out-of-training student” with the 1st Special Warfare Training Center, he had been assigned to four different bases all over the country.

His last assignment before arriving to the Special Forces Qualification Course in August 2015, was the 701st Brigade Support Battalion, Fort Riley, Kansas, where he served 15 months as a Health Care Sergeant.

During his time in service, he completed the Basic Leader Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Combat Lifesavers Course, Air Assault Course, Airborne School, SERE School, Special Operations Combat Medic Course, and the Special Forces Qualification Orientation Course.

Yesterday, Deck’s body touched down at John Glenn International Airport in Ohio, where he was greeted by his family, to include his parents, sibling, widow and son.

“He’s loved by so many people we’re really glad and happy to have him home my family is just torn we’re just torn it’s really tough on us,” said Chris Deck, his brother. “The way he loved life, anything he did he loved. He was a great musician, a wonderful father his son is an amazing little boy Christian.”

Both of Deck’s parents served in the US Air Force, serving their full term before retiring.

Deck’s body was then escorted to a funeral home by the Ohio Patriot Guard, whose motorcycles thundered as the procession started off.

“This is honor and respect for our heroes. 365 days a year, rain, snow, sleet, hail. We’re here. We’re here to stand for those who stand for us,” said Ray Schwabe, one of the riders with The Ohio Patriot Guard.

The investigation into Deck’s death is ongoing. A funeral service is planned for Friday.

During his service, Deck was awarded the Army Commendation Medal (with one oak-leaf cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (with three oak-leaf clusters), the Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Good Conduct Medal, (third award), Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, Expert Field Medic Badge, Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge.

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