Local Airman receives Purple Heart

Sheppard Air Force Base_A local airman received the Purple Heart for his service in Iraq.

Senior Airman Shawn Ryan of the 82nd Security Forces Squadron was wounded when an improvised explosive device exploded near his humvee.   Ryan says, "I tried to get back on the gun and thats when I realized the turret was all caved in and I tried to move the glass but, thats when I realized my shoulder was hit. So, I fell back down."

Because the armor held up on the squadron's humvee, all of his comrades made it out of the attack alive.