In memory of our great friend, mentor and leader
Daniel " Tiny Dancer " Stephenson
Danny Stephenson was known for his many roles in life, a father, a husband, a brother, a son, a soldier, a friend and a hero. Danny left a legacy when he died that will be tough if not impossible to fill.
Daniel entered the United States Army on January 13, 1997, completing Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, as a Line Medic. His first duty assignment was at Fort Hood where he served with a Field Artillery Battery. In December of 2000 he was assigned to the Pentagon as a Physical Exams Non-Commissioned Officer. Daniel was present when the Pentagon was attacked on September 11th, 2001 and was recognized for his efforts to pull the wounded from the wreckage. In November of 2002 he was assigned to Joint Multinational Force Observers in Sinai, Egypt as a Flight Medic Section Sergeant. He then moved to Fort Bragg in 2004 as an Air Ambulance Sergeant with the 57th Air Ambulance Company. Daniel deployed to Iraq in 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom for twelve months. In 2006, he was chosen to be the Battalion Training Operations Sergeant. He deployed again to Iraq in 2007 for fifteen months.
Upon returning home he became the Battalion Operations NCO. Daniel was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division in 2009. In 2010, he deployed to Regional Command-South in Afghanistan with the 6th Battalion 101st Combat Aviation Brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Company as an Operations Sergeant and flew with C Company 6-101 as a Flight Medic. After redeployment he was assigned to C Company as the 1st Platoon Sergeant. In 2012 he deployed to Regional Command-East, Afghanistan where he was responsible for the three most forward MEDEVAC sites in theater. Daniel was honorably discharged in late 2014.
While serving in the United States Army, Daniel attended the Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Flight Medic Course, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Battle Staff Course, Senior Leaders Course, Joint Enroute Care Course, and Advanced Trauma Life Support Course. His military awards include four Overseas Ribbons, the Army Service Ribbon, three Non-Commissioned Officer Development Ribbons, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Global War On Terror Expeditionary Medal, the Global War On Terror Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Ribbon, four Multinational Force Observer Medals, Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal two silver oak leaf clusters, two Air Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, one Bronze Star Medal, and the 2014 DUSTOFF Medic of the Year award.
Military accolades aside, Daniel was well known wherever he went with a personality that lit up every room he entered. His ability to make new friends no matter the situation was truly a gift. Although he would not readily admit it, he had a very compassionate heart who would help family, friends, and strangers alike without hesitation or judgment. He was an avid motorcyclist who thoroughly enjoyed riding just about anywhere, but especially throughout the Rocky Mountains.
Danny meant a lot of things to a lot of people that he touched over his lifetime but to me, Danny was one of the finest combat medics I had the privilege to work with, a great friend and truly the
All American Badass.