15 Dec '14, 1pm

Amputee soldier earns Airborne wings; Ranger school next

Amputee soldier earns Airborne wings; Ranger school next

Sgt. Joseph Mille, a U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit shooter/instructor, graduated Nov. 14 from the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. (Photo: Sgt. 1st Class Raymond J. Piper/Army) CONNECT 18 TWEET 1 LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE Sgt. Joseph Mille said when he grows older, he doesn't want to "sit in my rocking chair, or on my death bed" with any regrets. He wants to be sure he did everything he possibly could, and that "life was awesome." For the 23-year-old kid from Sitka, Alaska, that sentiment translates into the specific notion that he should be jumping out of Army planes and attending Ranger school — despite having already lost a leg in Afghanistan. The marksmanship unit soldier became the first Army lower-leg amputee to earn his Airborne wings on Nov. 14 and in January he will start down a rugged path to possibly become the first lower-leg amputee to graduate ...

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