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Shaun Meadows, USAF

2016 Recipient

  • Shaun was born in Culpepper, VA in 1980.

  • He graduated from Winder Barrow High School in 1998.

  • Shaun enlisted in the Air Force in May 2002 in his personal response to the atrocities of 9/11. 

  • Shaun completed his basic training at Lackland AFB, TX.

  • Shaun's training saw him complete a two year pipeline for combat control which included extensive training in demolitions, survival, air traffic control, airborne operations, scuba, close air support and more.

  • Shaun was stationed at Hurlburt Field, FL and McChord AFB, Tacoma, WA.

  • Shaun was deployed to Iraq in 2007 and Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008.

  • While deployed in Afghanistan Shaun was injured by an IED on July 31st, 2008 and became a bi-lateral above knee amputee.

  • Shaun recovered and rehabbed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland for a year. He began walking at 2½ months post injury and running 6 months post injury

  • Shaun returned to McCord AFB, WA.

  • Shaun retired from service with the Air Force Jan 5, 2011.

  • In June, 2010, Sgt Meadows became the first active duty double amputee in Air Force history to parachute from a military aircraft.

  • Shaun and his family moved to Tennessee where they currently live.

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