JD Day was serving in Afghanistan as an Air Force Special Operations Combat Controller (CCT) During a mission on July 10th an IED detonated leaving JD in critical condition. Combat medics and rescue personnel quickly stabilized JD for transport to a team of surgeons who addressed multiple injuries. Sadly they were forced to amputate his right leg above his knee as well as portions of both. In a touching gesture, mere hours after the incident and between his first and second surgeries, JD was awarded the Purple Heart by a General who placed the medal on his chest as he slept.
JD is from the Rogue Valley and a graduate of Cascade Christian High School. JD is a recent newlywed and just prior to his deployment, found out he and his wife Aubry are expecting their 1st child on Christmas Day. The Air Force and his CCT family have been amazing, immediately descending upon Aubry's home to support her. After driving all night, Combat Controllers from a different unit in Washington State arrived at JD's parents' home until one of JD's teammates arrived from Florida to act as the family liaison, making arrangements for JD's parents and siblings to join Aubry in greeting him when he arrives back in the States (within the next few days).
In the days and months ahead there may be unexpected surgeries,expenses and travel associated with this life transition. Please help this family be prepared so they can focus on JD’s recovery.
Above all, prayers are needed for JD's immediate and long term recovery, for safe flights back to the States and especially for the men and women who remain down range, in the fight, willingly in harm's way for all of us. The family will keep this page updated on JD’s Recovery and progress. God bless.