Tennessee Guardsman visits Savannah with Message of Hope

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Charles Delano
  • 165th Airlift Wing
Staff Sgt. Russell Logan approached the podium with a smile as he looked over the room full of Georgia Air National Guard Airmen. His walk did not divulge the amputated leg about which he would soon speak. Logan described how he was investigating a local farmer outside the wire at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan on May 8, 2011 when he stepped on a landmine. He followed up by recounting the numerous military medical professionals he encountered during his Medivac trip to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in German and transport to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He relayed a message of hope and encouragement for Airmen and their families that are facing discouragement about deployments and may be enduring tough situations. "Security Forces Airmen do not scream, they give motivational yells", said Logan as the crowd laughed. He finished his story with a challenge for all Airmen to visit wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.