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Sudan ‘Lost Boy’ serves as Kadena NCO

By Senior Airman Maeson L. Elleman
18th Wing Public Affairs

“At the age of 10, I have seen death; I have buried other kids – at the age of 10,” he said, a sadness moving into his eyes. “But at the same time, I’ve rebounded. If I have to stay in that hole and think of those horrible situations I’ve been in, then I would not be here today.”

Labeled a “Lost Boy” by the United Nations along with more than 30,000 other kids from Sudan in the mid-1980s, Madut Bul – now a U.S. Air Force staff sergeant working as a supply specialist with the 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit- experienced what most can’t imagine. Continue reading Sudan ‘Lost Boy’ serves as Kadena NCO

Tragedy and perseverance

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.

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