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Staff Sgt. Charles, 32nd Intelligence Squadron, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, performs a plank exercise January 30, 2017 at the Gaffney Fitness Center on Fort George G. Meade. Chuck had his left leg amputated in November 2016 when he found he had the disease called Pseudomyogenic Hemangioendothelioma of Bone. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. AJ Hyatt) 70th ISRW amputee Airman hopes to return to active duty, soccer and deploy
“I was eating dinner and watching TV when I got a call from the doctors around 6 o’clock. I knew something was probably wrong if I was getting a call from them this late in the day. The doctor said they found some tumors in my results and recommended I see an orthopedic oncologist. I hung up the phone and placed it on the coffee table in front of me. The next thing I know, it was 2 o’clock in the morning.” It all began when the 28-year-old signal intelligence analyst rolled his ankle during a soccer match in January 2016. Staff Sgt. Charles, also known as Chuck, 32nd Intelligence Squadron, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, joined the Air Force in 2009. He had been playing soccer his whole life. He played at a community college in California, then continued his love for the sport by playing intramural soccer with the 70th.
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