SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
Throughout the year, we like to highlight the diverse men and women of Team Schriever, sharing just a little bit about what makes them unique--what makes them "Schriever." In addition to the portraits attached to this article, below are two stories we chose for our year in review highlights because of their special appeal to the "Schriever" in all of us.
“I survived,” Danne Smith said, deadpanned. “That was my greatest achievement from my Vietnam days.”
While it may be hard to argue with that point, Smith’s war record says he did more than just survive -- much more.
“For heroism while engaged in aerial flight … gallantry of an exceptional nature … bravely landed aircraft in the midst of fierce fighting … heroic actions in keeping with the highest traditions of military service,” are just snippets of one of Smith’s Air Medals.
Finish reading Smith's story here: I am SCHRIEVER: Heroes among us
Senior Airman Cory Johnson
There are sounds of passing machines and strangers, their footsteps, beeps, ticks and chatter fill a room blanketed in white and gray. There’s a young boy sitting on a large, worn hospital bed in the center of the room, alone, but unafraid. If anything he feels withered.
Doctors whisk by his room, just like they always do, no one sparing him a glance or concern. Many of the doctors he’s met before only pay attention after a close inspection of his medical sheet, but today something changes.
A doctor pokes his head through the doorway, not the child’s doctor, but it doesn’t matter to the child. This doctor smiles at him, chats with him and reassures him. Before long, the doctor is gone before the boy could even catch his name, but even so, he felt better.
Finish reading Johnson's story here: I am SCHRIEVER: Doctor in the making