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RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE 64th Year • No. 23 • JUNE 11, 2010 ...

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE 64th Year • No. 23 • JUNE 11, 2010 ...

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PAGE 12 WINGSPREADJUNE 11, 2010SPORTS - HEALTH - FITNESSAir Force amputee to run marathonBy Deborah Silliman Wolfe502nd Air Base Wing OL-B Public AffairsTen thousand people are expected toparticipate in this year’s Air ForceMarathon and 1st Lt. Ryan McGuire isplanning to be one of them. LieutenantMcGuire, a 47th Operational SupportSquadron student pilot at Laughlin AirForce Base, Texas, has run a marathonbefore, but this event will be different. Thistime, he will be running as an amputee.On Sept. 6, 2009, Lieutenant McGuire anda few of his student pilot friends rented aboat at Amistad Reservoir, located just a fewmiles from Laughlin AFB. After a day of tubing,the group started back to the marina.Lieutenant McGuire was holding a ropeattached to a tube, making sure it wassecured inside theboat. Without warning,the tube caught someair, flying off the backof the boat, takingLieutenant McGuirewith it. The slack of therope was on the boatfloor and wrappedaround LieutenantMcGuire’s right leg,crushing bones in hisankle and foot. He wasslammed into the sideof the boat, fracturinghis pelvis and dislocatinghis hip, and thenwas dragged into thewater, barely missingthe boat’s propeller.“I flew out of the boat, over my friend’shead and landed in the water about six inchesaway from the propeller,” he said. “Whenthe rope unraveled, it cut really deep into myskin and damaged a lot of my arteries andveins [in my leg]. When my friends pulledaround, I was in the water screaming.”With a fractured pelvis and dislocated hip,Lieutenant McGuire was only able to pullhimself onto the back ledge of the boat, withhis feet still in the water.“I knew something was wrong, I have neverbeen in that much pain,” he remembered. “Icouldn’t move either direction. There was nocell phone service, and my feet were too closeto the propeller to start the boat, but I couldn’tmove. I was in too much pain.”The group waited for a half hour beforeflagging someone down. It took another hourand a half for medical personnel to arrive on“It is one of my goals to beable to do everything I coulddo before the accident. Noone at the hospital ever toldme there was something Icouldn’t do. It was alwayswhat I was going to be ableto do and how quickly.”1st Lt. Ryan McGuire47th Operational Support Squadronstudent pilot at Laughlin AFB, Texasscene because of the group’s remote location.And then another two and a half hours beforethe ambulance arrived at a hospital in Del Rio.“When we got to the hospital, the doctorswere really concerned about my ankle andfoot,” Lieutenant McGuire said. “They calleda helicopter to get me to San Antonio to seean arterial specialist. I remember telling afriend, ‘I think I am going to lose my leg.’There was something wrong, I couldn’t feelmy foot.”After his medical flight was delayedbecause of a storm, Lieutenant McGuire finallyarrived at Brooke Army Medical Centerwhere they stabilized his condition. Over thenext six weeks, a metal plate was inserted inhis pelvis and doctors desperately tried tosave his foot with six separate surgeries. Butthe tissue in his foot kept dying off. The decisionwas made to amputateLieutenant McGuire’sright leg six inches belowthe knee. Eight days afterthe amputation,Lieutenant McGuire wasdischarged and startedoutpatient rehab at theCenter for the Intrepid atFort Sam Houston.“I was in a wheelchairat first, then crutches,and then I got my leg inDecember,” he said. “Ihad lost 40 pounds ofmuscle in the hospital so Ihad to build back up. It’scrazy, the team therepushes you pretty hard. Iget to work with guys who were injured inIraq and Afghanistan. I am with a lot of greatpeople in all stages of training and seeingtheir progression helped me get motivated.”Alicia White, Center for the Intrepidphysical therapist, has been workingwith Lieutenant McGuire since he arrivedat the center.“The majority of our population aremales ages 20 to 26 years old,” she said.“Ryan is in our average demographic, butwhat makes him exceptional is he alwaysworks extremely hard, and is always askingfor something new to do.”Currently, Lieutenant McGuire does physicaltherapy four days a week. At the beginning,the therapy was more regimented, butnow Lieutenant McGuire has branched outand is doing a huge variety of activitiesincluding running, cycling, swimming andplaying tennis.Photo by Deborah Silliman Wolfe1st Lt. Ryan McGuire, 47th Operational SupportSquadron student pilot at Laughlin AFB, Texas,trains for the Air Force Marathon.“My therapist is unbelievable; she helps meevery step of the way,” Lieutenant McGuiresaid. “And my prosthetist, John Ferguson, hesees me working hard in the pool, and he islike, ‘Hey, want a water leg?’ When I was tryingto run with my regular leg it hurt mypelvis, so he got me a running leg, which isfantastic. I am probably more active nowthan I was before the accident.”See AMPUTEE P18SportsBRIEFSLifeguarding classesLifeguarding classeswill be offered atRandolph June 19-25,July 17-23 and Aug. 14-20. The cost for the classis $200 and includes eighthours of CPR training, fourhours of first aid trainingand 21 hours of lifeguardtraining. The class is limitedto 10 participants atleast 16 years old.Those interested shouldsign up at Outdoor recreation/ITToffice, Bldg. 897.Water aerobic classesWater aerobic classesare offered Monday andWednesday from 10-11 a.m.at the center pool Classescost $3.For more informationcontact the Fitness Centerat 652-7263.Women’s golf leagueA women’s 9-hole golfleague starts June 29. Ifinterested, call Troy Gannat 652-4653 for moredetails and to sign up.Youth registrationRegistration for flagfootball, cheerleading(ages 5-15 years) andvolleyball (ages 9-15years) runs from June 15through Aug. 13. The costis $40 per youth and allsports and cheerleadingparticipants must have acurrent sports physicaland Youth Programsmembership at the timeof registration.In addition, all participantsmust present validproof of age, i.e. birth certificateor military ID card.

JUNE 11, 2010WINGSPREADPAGE 13AMPUTEE from P17Discovering new physical talentsthrough rehab, such as swimming,helped Lieutenant McGuire win a goldmedal for the 50-meter backstrokeand a bronze for the 100-meterfreestyle at the Warrior Games held inColorado. The Warrior Games is anevent where injured, wounded or illservicemembers from all branches gettogether to compete in a variety ofsporting events.Maj. Chiafei Wu, Randolph AFB 99thFlying Training Squadron instructorpilot, is Lieutenant McGuire’s familyliaison officer. She met him two daysafter his accident and says that hisimprovements have been remarkable.“Ryan has proven that he can overcomeodds that most people could noteven fathom,” she said. “He is an outstandingofficer and I am proud toserve with him in our Air Force.”According to Major Wu, LieutenantMcGuire has taken his whole ordeal instride and she says he hasn’t let hisinjury prevent him from doing anything– physically and mentally.“It is one of my goals to be able todo everything I could do before theaccident,” Lieutenant McGuire said.“No one at the hospital ever told methere was something I couldn’t do. Itwas always what I was going to beable to do and how quickly. I am solucky to have such a strong supportgroup around me – my family, myfriends, my commander, and the physicaltherapy staff.”One of the things Lieutenant McGuirewas able to do before the injury wasrun a marathon. So this September atthe Air Force Marathon, look forLieutenant McGuire, with his physicaltherapist Alicia White by his side,crossing the finish line.June$3 per class. For details on class passes orholiday class schedules, call the RamblerFitness Center at 652-2955.Equipment orientation available uponrequest for all patrons.Rambler Fitness Center group exercise class scheduleMONDAYS TUESDAYS WEDNESDAYS THURSDAYS FRIDAYS SATURDAYS9 a.m. - Step10 a.m. - Water aerobics11 a.m. - Step11:15 a.m. - Cycling5 p.m. - Step5:15 p.m. - Cycling6 p.m. - Yoga7:15 p.m. - Kick Boxing9 a.m. - Yoga10 a.m. - Senior Strength11 a.m. - Step5 p.m. - Zumba5:15 p.m. - Cycling6 p.m. - Kick Boxing9 a.m. - Step10 a.m. - Water aerobics11 a.m. - Step11:15 a.m. - Cycling4 p.m. - Power Yoga5 p.m. - Step and Kick5:15 p.m. - Cycling6 p.m. - Sets & Reps7:15 p.m. - Kick Boxing9 a.m. - Step/Weights9 a.m. - Yoga10 a.m. - Senior Strength11 a.m. - Step5 p.m. - Zumba6 p.m. - Kick Boxing9 a.m. - Step10:15 a.m. - Cardiofusion11:15 a.m. - Cycling5:30 p.m. - Yoga9 a.m. - Kick Boxing9 a.m. - Pilates10:15 a.m. - ZumbaSUNDAYS1 p.m. - Yoga

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