Staff Sgt. Lincoln V. Dockery said he didn’t even see the grenade that sent shrapnel into his right forearm while charging insurgent fighters in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, 16 November, 2007. “Someone yelled out, and I looked up and saw it coming. My hand went up and a hot, sharp feeling went through it,” he said.
While the troops on the front lines in Afghanistan deserve all the praise and kudos for putting it on the line against the Taliban and al-Qaeda, the bullets, grenades, and firepower needed have to get to them. At Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan, seventeen Airmen have been aiding the troops on the front lines. – Ed.