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American Patriot Mustang Brings Wounded Veteran Home for the Holidays

Private First Class Shawn Williams
Private First Class Shawn Williams receives a hero’s welcome December 14 in Wichita.

Private First Class Shawn Williams
Cessna Aircraft Company’s Citation Mustang American Patriot makes a low pass before landing December 14.

December 15, 2011 – For the first time in more than two years, Private First Class Shawn Williams, of Wichita, Kansas, is home for the holidays as Cessna Aircraft Company’s Citation Mustang American Patriot flew its third Veterans Airlift Command mission this week. Williams, who was injured in Afghanistan in June of 2011, was greeted by his family, the local American Legion Riders, and several hundred Cessna employees.

He was injured when the Stryker he was driving hit an IED. Williams was airlifted to Germany, then to Washington, and ultimately to San Antonio for treatment at the Brooke Army Medical Center. He suffered burns to his hands and face, had pins inserted into his foot, and was confined to a wheelchair until three weeks ago.

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