Michael J. Durant is a 2008 Inductee into the Army Aviation Association of America Hall of Fame. He has been a resident of Madison, Alabama since 2001 and is the President of Pinnacle Solutions, Inc. Huntsville, Alabama. On 13 February 1991 Michael Durant was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroic actions during Desert Storm. While serving in Somalia on 3 October 1993, Michael Durant was awarded his second Distinguished Flying Cross. On that date, Chief Warrant Officer Michael J. Durant distinguished himself by gallantry in action during combat operations while leading a force of four Blackhawk Assault Helicopters into an objective covered by intense enemy fire. He then returned to the area to provide over watch for the recovery of crewman and soldiers from down aircraft. At that time, his aircraft was struck by enemy fire causing severe damage. Despite the severe damage, he landed his aircraft upright. This action was the subject of the now famous movie, “Blackhawk Down”.
Michael J. Durant has also been awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, the Air Medal with Valor, the Purple Heart Medal and the Prisoner of War Medal.