Capt. Benjamin D. Tiffner
Special Forces ODA Team Leader
Company C, 1st Battalion
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne),
Fort Campbell, Ky.
31, a native of Ohio
7 November 2007 when his
vehicle encountered an IED in the course of conducting a ground convoy in
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Awards and Decorations
Army Commendation Medals
Defense Service Medal,
War on Terrorism
War on Terrorism
Military Education includes; Infantry
Officers Basic Course; Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course;
Basic Airborne Course, Ranger Course, and the Special Forces Qualification
Capt. Benjamin Tiffner, 31, was fatally
wounded when his vehicle encountered an IED in the course of conducting a
ground convoy in Baghdad. He was a Special Forces Operational Detachment
– Alpha team leader assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Special
Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, Ky.
Tiffner, a native of Ohio, volunteered for military service and graduated
from the United States Military Academy in 2000. After Infantry
Officer’s Basic Course, Airborne School and Ranger School, he was
assigned to 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment., at Fort Lewis, Wash.,
and served as an infantry platoon leader, reconnaissance platoon leader,
and company executive officer. He served in Iraq from November 2003 to
Upon graduating from the Special Forces
Qualification Course in April 2006, he was assigned to 5th SFG(A). He
deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a member of the Combined
Joint Special Operations Task Force – Arabian Peninsula. This was his
second deployment to Iraq in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
Tiffner is survived by his parents,
Timothy and Judith of Soldotna, Alaska.
In 1996, he was nominated by Sen. Robert
Byrd to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Tiffner's mother, Judy, said at the time her son was home-schooled.
"Benjamin received his education at home, which is a miracle
regarding getting into West Point," she said. "He has wanted to
be a military officer since he was a young man. He had this in the back of
his mind even as he was in the process of switching from traditional
Tiffner's parents, Judy and Timothy, were missionaries, and the family
once lived in the Philippines.
When they returned to the United States, Timothy Tiffner became the
director of the Camp of the Hills, a 100-acre Christian-related family
camp near the junction of Roane, Clay and Kanawha counties, near where he
He was one of five children. At age 19 he was to report to classes at West
Point and pay the $2,000 fee, a lot of money for a family living on