When a special operations soldier loses his right arm and leg after a grenade exploded during close-quarters combat, more than 100 troops stood in line outside the base hospital to donate blood to help their wounded brother-in-arms. Then the Air Force sprang into action to bring him home.
C-17 crew chief Staff Sgt. Terrance Williamson said there was no question the flight was a high priority. “We knew like we had to get this done. We could make this almost impossible mission happen.” Nineteen hours after taking off from Afghanistan, the C-17 landed in San Antonio to transport the soldier to Brooke Army Medical Center. The Air Force flight crew had completed their mission without breaking the sacred oath among U.S. forces in combat. The soldier was still in critical condition Friday night.