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US Army Captain D.J. Skelton - Someone You Should Know

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DoD Photo By Fred W. Baker III, American Forces Press Service

    "I wanted to return to my men. The fact is .. .they never quit on me, and I wasn't going to give up my fight and quit." - US Army Captain DJ Skelton on returning to command after being severely wounded six+ years ago.

ABC has a great story up about a Soldier who was hit severely in Fallujah in 2004 and has spent the last almost seven years in surgery and therapy in order to just get back to his old unit.

While the above photo is of CPT Skelton in command of an M.I. Company, he will take command of a Stryker company in combat in Afghanistan.

...What he will do, starting in a few weeks, is take command of 192 men from his previous unit, the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, this time in heavily contested southern Afghanistan. Skelton is the Army's most seriously wounded soldier to return to combat command.

Those who know Skelton attribute his return to his incredible perserverance and strength of character.

"It is physically incapable for him to do what he is doing," marveled Skelton's friend retired Army officer Lt. Gen. John Nagl. "And I have no doubt that he will succeed." Nagl has seen Skelton's determination in action because he is the president of the Center for a New American Security, where Skelton completed a military fellowship while recovering.

While in recovery Skelton also completed a fellowship at Harvard, wrote a caretaker's guidebook for wounded service members, served as military adviser to then-Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England and co-founded Paradox Sports, a nonprofit that helps those with physical disabilities to participate in outdoor sports, such as rock-climbing...

Go check out the whole story (and, yes, John Nagl was not a Lieutenant General but a field grade officer).

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