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Maj.  Thomas Lessner, 39th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, shuffles a deck of cards during a game with his wife February 27, 2017.  (U.S. Air Force by Sean M. Worrell)


Resilience binds reservist’s family during times of trial

Maj. Thomas Lessner, 39th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, shuffles a deck of cards during a game with his wife, Kathleen, Feb. 27, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas. Lessner, an Air Force Academy graduate who piloted three different weapons systems while on active duty during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, was shot down in his MH-53 helicopter on an OIF mission in April 2004, sustaining shrapnel wounds to his legs, left shoulder, neck and face, and subsequently fought post-traumatic stress disorder.

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