by Staff Sgt. Derek VanHorn
35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Growing up in the backwoods of Arkansas, he’d never turned a wrench a day in his life. Most of his time was spent at fishing holes, hauling hay and running around with his buddies. The closest he got to a garage was changing his car oil for a senior year shop class. It would be an understatement to say he was shocked to learn he’d be fixing jets for a living.
“I thought ‘this is crazy, you want to put an 18-year-old in charge of a jet?’” said Staff Sgt. James McFadden. “But I love it. I knew I’d love it from that point on.”
By 1st Lt. Katherine Ward
608th Air Operations Center
Everyone has a dream. Something they deem virtually impossible to achieve. Something that if the world was perfect and the stars were aligned, it could happen. If you were granted only one wish during your lifetime, that is what you would wish for. Something that, to most, will always remain a dream. That thing you brush under the rug and go on with your daily life trying to forget about. Instead, you do things that are expected of you like working 9-5 to pay the bills.
But, when you are really honest with yourself in your most vulnerable moments, you begin to dwell on your average life and wonder, “What if?”
By Staff Sgt. Alexandria Mosness
81st Training Wing Public Affairs
He could have lived another life. One that included becoming a child soldier and subsequently a Lost Boy from the Liberian Civil War. Instead, luck, hard work and true grit led Joseph Boyou to the U.S. Air Force where he now holds the rank of staff sergeant.
Boyou, 2nd Air Force special projects and programs manager, was born in Monrovia, Liberia, in West Africa. He recently signed a deal to publish his first memoirs to detail the ups and downs of his life.
By Senior Airman Chris Willis
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Editor’s Note: This is the sixth article in a six-part series about medical response capabilities for deployed service members from start to finish and the various milestones for care and transportation of combat-wounded troops throughout Afghanistan.
I have spent more than a year telling the story of our nation’s wounded warriors as I followed their transport from the mountains of Afghanistan to their medical care at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. Unfortunately, concluding this series will never end what our troops have to endure in the face of war, but this last entry will give me a chance to finish a chapter in my life.