SSgt Justin Fuchs

Retired, Tactical Air Control Party

  • Hometown: Lake City, Minnesota
  • Current Location: Syracuse, New York
  • Injury or Illness: TBI, PTSD
  • Location Injury Occurred: Afghanistan

A little about Me

Retired Staff Sergeant Justin Fuchs enlisted in the Air Force in 2005 as a Tactical Air Control Party specialist. During his deployment to Afghanistan in 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, a rocket-propelled grenade hit less than ten feet from his location, blasting his upper body and knock-ing him unconscious. After waking up from the blast he found no visible injuries and continued on the mission. A few days later though he had the classic symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury which would have an impact on his career. He said, “When I reached out to AFW2 they immediately helped me through the MEB and care I was receiving and have helped me transition to civilian life.” Through adaptive sports he is able to compete in cycling, air rifle, and track and field and wants other warriors to know that he is still worth something in life and he knows he is lucky to be alive saying, “Know that you are not alone and no matter what you have gone through there is always someone there for you.”

Awards and Decorations

  •   Purple Heart
  •   AF Commendation Medal w/1 OLC
  •   Army Commendation Medal w/2 OLC
  •   AF Achievement Medal w/1 OLC
  •   Army Achievement Medal
  •   AF Combat Action Medal
  •   Meritorious Unit Award
  •   AF Outstanding Unit Award
  •   AF Organizational Excellence Award w/2 OLC
  •   Army Meritorious Unit Commendation
  •   Combat Readiness Medal w/2 OLC