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    Air Force recruiters honor fallen airman

    KALAMAZOO, MI, UNITED STATES

    04.12.2011

    Story by Staff Sgt. Hillary Stonemetz 

    HQ Air Force Recruiting Service

    by Master Sgt. Michael McMillen
    339th Recruiting Squadron

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Members of the 339th Recruiting Squadron recently participated in the Western Michigan University Wounded Warrior 5K run. What began as one recruiting flight’s endeavor to honor Senior Airman James “Jimmy” Hansen, a West Michigan native who was killed in Iraq last year, became an inspiration for the fallen Airman’s friends and family.

    More than 30 supporters from the community ran with the squadron’s formation or offered encouragement along the route.

    “It's nice to see the support not only for Jimmy, but for everybody,” said Richard Hansen, Airman Hansen’s father “This is really neat stuff. It's nice to know that in this day and age the veterans won't be forgotten.”

    The Wounded Warrior Project creates public awareness about injured servicemembers’ needs and provides tangible support for the wounded to help them recover both physically and mentally.

    "Jimmy came into the Air Force through our squadron only three years ago, he was a great recruit and Airman,” said Lt. Col. Wade Mueller, 339th RCS commander. “He continues to inspire us as we reach out to the Western Michigan community and show them that Jimmy's Air Force family will never forget him as well."

    The 339th RCS, located in Clinton Township, Mich., covers a 54,000 square-mile area which includes Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.

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    Date Taken: 04.12.2011
    Date Posted: 04.13.2011 17:27
    Story ID: 68705
    Location: KALAMAZOO, MI, US 

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