“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.