September 22nd, 2011
10:13 AM ET

Air Force hero saves lives

An Air Force combat controller describes how he saved lives while injured in Afghanistan and earned the Air Force Cross for valor.


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  1. DisappointedDemocrat

    TODAY MY HEART IS HEAVY. FOR YEARS MY FAMILY AND I HAVE PRAYED FOR AN END OF THESE MILITARY ACTIONS – WE'RE TOLD KEEP US AND OUR FREEDOM SAFE. IN HOPE OF NEVER RECEIVING THE DREADFUL CALL OF ONE OF OUR OWN BEING HARMED, WE'VE PRAYED ON. THIS MORNING, WE ASK EVERYONE WHO PRAYS FOR OUR TROOPS TO ASK GOD'S BLESSINGS UPON THOSE WHO WERE RECENTLY HURT, WHO'S NAMES MAY NOT BE CALLED IN VALOR. ALL OF OUR TROOPS ARE OUR HEROES, AND ALL OF THOSE WHO ARE HARMED, MAIMED, AND KILLED – DESERVE OUR SACRIFICIAL PRAISE FOR JOBS WELL DONE. ONE NIECE, WHOM I CALL HERO – IS IN NEED OF SUCH PRAYER THIS MORNING, BECAUSE WE RECEIVED A DREADED CALL. MY FAMILY'S SACRIFICE TO THE ARMED FORCES IS NO CONSOLATION TODAY. I SAY WHAT I'M FEELING, EVEN THAT I KNOW MY NIECE WAS MORE THAN HAPPY TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY. PRAY, PEOPLE. PRAY THE END OF WARTIME!

    September 30, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Detroit, MI

      Don't forget DisappointedDemocrat, that back in the 1980's the Russians did many heroic things in Afghanistan too. The Russians, just like the NATO forces were no more, no less the heroes or villains as the right-wing news media purports them to be. Enough with all this right-wing propaganda already!!!

      September 30, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bud Tree Jr.

    I guess that we're going to go hearing about this man's valor over and over again. But like George Patton already said, the Russians also did many brave and courageous things in Afghanistan too back in the 1980's but the people in the right-wing news media won't tell us about them for propaganda purposes, trying to make the NATO forces out to be the heroes that they're not!

    September 28, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Detroit, MI

      Very well stated, Bud Tree Jr. Thank you.

      September 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 777

    You have the IQ of a vegetable.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 777

    The point of this story is this man's valor. Which is considerable.

    Predictably, the self absorbed trolls and those with an IQ of a turnip simply begin their self involved arguments all over again. Nothing will be decided or resolved. These fools only posts their personal rants over and over again. Insults are used as "rebuttals." What kind of social experiment is this news org running?

    September 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • D.A.N.

      The whole of the free and democratic world should all post their condemnation of these insane religious fanatics who believe that their God will reward them for their murderous campaign against not only the western world, but their own brothers who work for peace, freedom and democracy! 777 you should be able to see that these animals do not want a debate, they just want to kill those who do not follow them in their hatred for the western world with free societies and democratic values! Maybe if the whole world including all of Islam would stand up and speak out against their bombings and killings they might see that their ways are not godly but follow the devil in their want for power and control!!!

      September 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • 777

      And you, like all the other self absorbed trolls are completely off subject.

      There is a time and place for everything. This is not the venue for any of these self focused, self righteous diatribes.

      September 27, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • 777

        and I am well aware that my point will be grandly ignored, disparaged and insulted.

        Social experiment item: when in doubt people will insult and ridicule when more gracious conduct would server their purposes better.
        Social experiment item: when people can hide behind anonymity they rarely act kindly. Overwhelming self righteousness becomes endemic.

        September 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • D.A.N.

        Tell me Mr. 777, how am I self focused or self righteous or for that matter having any kind of tirade? I am standing up to evil as is the USA, NATO, the ANA and the ANP. Also tell me how to be graceful to a people that put bombs in their turbans or even cowards who force children to wear suicide vest to kill for them? And when they kill their own brothers because they work to bring about a peace between them, should we be gracious to this kind of evil? What kind of person are you to try to appease these animals who could care less for your kind heart and self righteous ass? They would dance over your grave just the same as the way they were so happy for the murder of nearly 3000 men, women and children on 9/11! If you think you can change the hearts and minds of these Islamic fundamentalists who will not stop their murderous campaign until they have control over every moderate Muslim and infidel then write something now that would appeal to them. I would like to see what your pacifist mind would say seeing you think you know how to deal with them.

        September 27, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • 777

      Wow. You both made my point so well, and so quickly,

      September 27, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • D.A.N.

        Well number man you think you know me and whats in my heart and mind, do you? What is your point that I supposedly proved? The number with which you represent yourself suggests that you know the finality of this matter and all injustices. Well since you will not answer my question as to how to deal with these people who get pleasure with the death of not only those who work for peace, freedom and democracy, but also themselves then please tell me what the future holds for mankind as we go forward in this diverse world? With your supposed intelligence how would you deal with the upcoming apocalypse?

        September 28, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. George Patton

    I noticed that back in the 1980's some of the Russians did heroic things too, but that the right-wing news media never talks about. They're still trying to brainwash us into thinking that the Russians are all villains and that the NATO forces are all heroes which is in no way true!!!

    September 26, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • D.A.N.

      In 1979 the USSR invaded Afghanistan AND took control over the afghan people until we helped the afghan people to oust them. In 2001 the USA invaded Afghanistan AND brought down the oppressive regime of the Taliban, BUT let the afghans decide their own fate! Quite different than the expansionist communist government of the USSR!

      September 26, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • BANGASH

        D A N can you see the difference and contradiction in your views regarding Afghanistan as you have confessed that USA and USSR had and have invaded Afghanistan and you confirm that Afghan had the right to resist USSR's invasion while same you do not say about US invasion of Afghanistan but rather you support this invasion. D A N be realistic and call spade a spade otherwise you see the fate of USSR and same is going to be that of USA AS WELL.

        September 27, 2011 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
      • D.A.N.

        Our invasion was welcomed by many afghans! ALSO as the Taliban were the oppressors they too allowed terrorists to train and plot attacks against the west from Afghanistan which made them a rouge regime! AND if you recall there were only 2 or 3 nations in the world that recognized them as the rulers of Afghanistan and/or had relations with them! YES I CAN CALL A SPADE A SPADE!

        September 27, 2011 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Detroit, MI

        No,D.A.N. it's the other way around. The Russians went in to save a Communist Regime whereas the NATO forces went in primarily to exploit Afghanistan's underground mineral resources. We must remember that while the Russians were motivated by their ideology, the NATO forces are motivated by their sheer greed!

        September 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • D.A.N.

        How stupid are you Dan from Detroit? We are spending billions of dollars to help the afghan people not only with their armed forces but infrastructure also and we DO NOT get anything in return monetary wise or as you say from any minerals!

        September 28, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. D.A.N.

    The USA does NOT rule any other country! All countries have their own governments which rule their people. The Taliban which ruled Afghanistan NOT ONLY oppressed their own people by maiming and killing people in public to terrorize them for the purpose to remain in power over them, but also allowed terrorists to train and attack other countries from their land. The USA, NATO AND AFGHAN FORCES are trying to bring peace, freedom and democracy to a nation that has only had rulers that ruled by the sword whereas the Taliban wishes again to regain power by force and use oppression to control the people just like the Assad's, Gadhafi and Hussein. CAN THEY NOT LEARN TO LOVE INSTEAD OF KILL!?

    September 26, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Detroit, MI

      And just who do you think controls NATO? In fact, I'll even bet that the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is on the C.I.A. payroll.

      September 29, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. nugha

    Not all US soldiers are baby killers and not all do or enjoy killing random people. Nope. However in spite of what your beliefs are, some of you may like to think so. We are in a mess like such because of several reasons, US using 9/11 as direction to invade Afghanistan among other things. If this is so, it may be reasonable. All terrorisms are in retaliation or defense, but it is not fair to trace it back to the originator or the one who lit things up. US did help the middle eastern radicals at one point, and it backfired on them. Us may have done some wrong, but in the end Afghani radicals are not doing much better. If the government of Afghanistan wants US cooperation, so be it. It is not to the radicals to decide, but for the government. Government should allow for some lenience of belief, radicals do not. Simple difference. How can people say life under taliban was good being in US Pakistan India or China? Lastly, while US may be cowardly based on your definitions, the afghani taliban fighters and al queada fighters may be equally cowardly. Blowing up vehicles, the world trade center in the 90s, and stations with bombs is not an act of courage. It is easy to slip bombs everywhere and let chemistry do the trick. It is also easy to hide in good terrain such as that in northern Pakistan and in Afghanistan.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. salerno

    Ghaddafi is a Taliban enemy, but everybody should rule his country, not other countries like the USA.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Leigh

    here come da trolls, here come da trolls! here come da trolls!

    September 25, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • D.A.N.

      I do not know what a troll is but I will tell you that anyone who lies and talks such propaganda as the asses below who supports the Taliban and their way of life which in the same way as the Assad's regime and Gadhadi's regime terrorizes their people to hold onto power will burn in hell forever like the Assad's, Gadhafi, Saddam, etc... will and are!

      September 26, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. salerno

    100% of US and nato soldiers are mercenaries, killing people for money. I strongly despise the soldiers fighting aggressive war like the Nazi did in WWII and the western colonialism did even before the Nazi.

    September 25, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • D.A.N.

      salerno your just an IDIOT! The USA has never colonized any country or conquered any other country like the Nazi's! Your lies and propaganda just show how stupid you are and your false statements will bring judgment upon you! Your faith in Islam which causes you to make such statements WILL be your downfall!!!

      September 26, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BANGASH

    D A N you being one of the baby killer can appreciate this baby killing and can shamelessly call 90% of them good baby killers but we here with one voice condemn you all for all killings in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Remember you have paid a lot for the bloodshed of innocents in this region and your arrogance will add more to your losses. It is indeed a great shame for the strongest Army in the world that few barefooted Taliban have faced you with extreme humiliation that today you reward your soldiers for safe escape from the battlefront. Evil in world politics known to whole world as it is America, behind killing of innocents all over the world and God too sees all what is going on in the world politics. D A N open your eyes and see how God, despite strongest in military sense has made you helpless before the weakest on Afghan soil. Try to learn from this and join us in condemning the real evil/killers in today"s world.

    September 25, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
    • D.A.N.

      Do you mean those who put bombs in their turbans are defeating us? They are the murderers and God surely has the worst in store for them! You are defending murderers from where you live and also in Pakistan! Pakistan politics is allowing these murderers to claim all the innocent lives whereas the ANA, NATO and the USA are trying to stop these killers who have no care for who dies even themselves! They THINK that their god will reward them, BUT surely they are going through hell NOW! IF YOU REALLY ARE RELIGIOUS YOU WOULD NOT DEFEND KILLERS THAT ARE COWARDS AND RUN BACK AND FORTH FROM PAKISTAN AND AFGHANISTAN, YOU WOULD BE TELLING THEM TO WORK FOR PEACE, BUT YOU DEFEND THOSE WHO KILL OTHERS WHO DO WORK FOR PEACE! YOU FOLLOW THE DEVIL!!!

      September 25, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
      • BANGASH

        Now there is no doubt that you are the enemy No 1 of USA when keep on supporting US baby killing even ignoring 71% American public opinion against this baby killing. For you being a shareholder in MIC or Black water sees only your personal benefits otherwise history has proved wrong your barbaric approach in world politics. God always make justice and does not see the way you think of. Remember human history is full of wars, deaths and destruction but no one has won and at last all are losers. Your fore fathers too have condemned wars in world politics and George Washington has advised to avoid alliances in world politics as it is always causing wars and had suggested trade to bring prosperity and fraternity in the lives of all. Your American adventure in this region has three decades long history wherein no doubt you have got rid of USSR but in return have endangered world peace. 9/11 incident is also the result of your military adventures in this region. D A N you cannot prove any contemporary religion in the world which can support this baby killing here. So be honest to yourself your country and as a human being to all humanity and condemn killing in any form however make one difference that Taliban are Afghans and have the right to defend their homeland against any aggressor while Americans are invaders and almost every religion justify resistance against invaders. When you see that this war is in no way in the interest of USA then why you keep on insisting on your point and hesitate in joining us against which we can prove is against the basic interests of USA.

        September 26, 2011 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
      • D.A.N.

        BANGASH, you want to call us invaders which is NOT the case! We ONLY want to stop the insane murderous people(if you want to even call them people)from their killings of people who they THINK are not Godly people because their beliefs differ from yours! You cannot tell ME that 9/11 or any other terrorist attacks is NOT because of their hatred of the way we live! If you DO NOT believe that every man and women has the right for their voice to be heard, which IS DEMOCRACY then you believe that you and your way of life is the only way God wants us to live. This is NOT the way of GOD, BUT the way of the devil!!! GOD would rather have you appeal to someone you disagree with instead of killing them, which is called democracy, BUT in the latter case IT IS CALLED MURDER!!! And again today one of your beloved friends had committed murder by killing an American citizen and an afghan and surely that person will pay the price when his judgment day comes! WE ARE NOT LIVING IN ANCIENT TIMES AND THE WORLD IS FULL OF PEOPLE WITH DIFFERENT VIEWS, BUT BECAUSE YOU DISAGREE WITH THEM DOES NOT GIVE YOU OR ANYBODY THE RIGHT TO KILL THEM!!!!!!! THERE ARE MANY AFGHANS THAT WANT FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY INCLUDING 99% OF WOMEN AND GIRLS WHO NOW ARE ABLE TO GO TO SCHOOL AND WORK FOR THEMSELVES, BUT YOU AND YOUR BUDDIES WOULD RATHER THROW ACID IN THEIR FACES! YOUR A SICK PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        September 26, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
      • BANGASH

        D A N for God sake do not twist, come straight and answer what you are asked as rhetoric or using some good words to conceal the evils in your actions. Let me clarify that neither Islam nor we Muslims have any problem with democracy or the legal system you have in USA but rather we like it very much due to justice, respect for human rights and equal opportunities to each and every one without any discrimination. I have personally heard many whom you presently call terrorists, appreciating what you have applied at your homes. We have millions of our countrymen in USA and hear from them and we all wish to see same at our home towns but the problem is your external policies in contrast with the one you have at home. You D A N must try to understand Islam as I am sure you will nothing against Christianity as being a Muslim we are bound to have faith in the JESUS and Bible and all Abrahamic religions. We cannot religiously hate you as our religion is for love and respect of all. How D A N you can deny that USA is the major producer of deadly weapons and had raided Iraq on false accusation of WMD and with same evil intentions invaded Afghanistan despite the fact that none of the Afghan involved in 9/11 attack. Also D A N you compare present role of of USA with the one your forefathers had devised soon after war of liberation against British imperialism when the national ideals were fixed as Peace, Universal Justice and fraternity. Also you can see last address of Eisenhower, George Washington and Jefferson whom all had rejected militarism in world politics. D A N LEAVE ALL THIS JUST TELL ME WHAT AMERICA HAS GOT FROM LAST FIVE DECADES LONG MILITARY APPROACH IN DEALING WITH THE WORLD AFFAIRS. CAN YOU IN ANY WAY DENY THAT THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS YOU PRESENTLY SPEND ON DEATHS AND DESTRUCTION IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD HAS NOW FACED AMERICA WITH RECESSION, RISING UNEMPLOYMENT AND MANY OTHER PROBLEMS.
        D A N remember whatever is going on in present day world has nothing with the basic teachings of any religion however religions are being misused for evil personal benefits. According to UN survey if the billions of dollars being spent on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were spent human welfare projects all over the world it would enabled each individual to get clean drinking water, free food and free education. D A N I hope you will feel the difference and let me know whether you like America the way it is today or the one we all the world including 71% Americans wish to see.

        September 27, 2011 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
      • BANGASH

        D A N 777 has rightly called you a selfish man when I saw your above response to my arguments. D A N you cannot speak the truth because you have no courage to call spade a spade and keep on beating the Pentagon drums. This is not something new as whole world see this US barbarism since more then six decades. Whole world still remember how thousands were killed in Nagasaki and Heroshema followed by killings in Latin America, Africa, Middle East and now in South Asia. You think US killing of innocents in thousands is not terrorism while few individuals fighting US terrorism are terrorists. I think only Yakubi understand how to deal you as you are not honest to any one except yourself. D A N you are far from a civilized human being and in short you are pure animal therefore I see no need to waste time on discussions with you as you have no mind to think and see the difference between good and bad for you and your nation. Keep on march to the hell which God has made for animals like you.

        September 28, 2011 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
      • D.A.N.

        AS JESUS SAID YOU SHALL KNOW!

        September 28, 2011 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. Leigh

    This is a good man.

    Like it when there is such good news the fools have nothing to say.

    September 24, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • D.A.N.

      Yes He Is! And I'd say that 90% of our fighting men and women are GOOD PEOPLE fighting the EVIL that murders innocent people without regard or fear of what GOD will do to them!

      September 25, 2011 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. Tetrahedron

    GOOD for him!

    September 22, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |