Aug 20 2013

M. Sgt. John A Aldredge IV

Branch of Service: Air Force

Conflict: Iraq War (2003-)

Years of Service: 1986-2011

This is a tribute to my husband John. He joined the Air Force when he was 20 years old as he had been unable to settle and find good employment. He did not realize how much he would love being in the Air Force and when he retired in March 2011 he had given 24 years 11 months and 13 days of service to his country. I am so very proud to be called his wife and partner.

This post was submitted by jo.aldredge.

Aug 3 2013

Maj. James Richard Lowry

Branch of Service: Air Force

Conflict: Vietnam War (1961-1973)

Years of Service: 1970-1998

I nominate my husband of 43 years, Major James R. Lowry for this recognition. James has spent his life helping and saving others. During high school he served in Civil Air Patrol and volunteered for rescue missions. In 1970 he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served as an Aircraft Loadmaster. In 1976 he was commissioned and served as Computer Programmer for the North American Aerospace Command at Cheyenne Mountain Complex in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His next assignment was as flight crew officer with the world-famous United States Air Force Hurricane Hunters. In this work he provided expert navigational skills for severe storm and hurricane reconnaissance saving countless lives. He was also instrumental in navigating aircraft operations for the transport of premature infants and other patients to medical facilities, the evacuation of personnel and equipment from Iceland during a volcanic explosion, drug interdiction missions and combat operations, risking his life for the safety and freedom of others. After his retirement from the United States Air Force, James worked as a Senior Juvenile Probation Officer and Prison Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor. He and I adopted six children from lives of terrible poverty, neglect and abuse. He has also served as a Red Cross Volunteer, Adjutant for the American Legion and Lay Leader for our church. His dedication, selflessness and leadership have earned him the respect of everyone whose lives he touched. He is indeed a hero in the finest sense of the word and has brought great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

This post was submitted by lllowry.