Photo Credit: Courtesy PhotoLt. Col. Michael Katona, commander of 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, visits squadron Soldier Pfc. Kyle Hockenberry during a visit to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Katona and his fellow
A U.S. soldier who lost both legs and an arm from an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Afghanistan wants to stay on active duty, if the military will have him, according to a report on the Army website.
Pfc. Kyle Hockenberry, 19, nearly lost his life in the June 2011 blast in Haji Ramuddin that killed Pfc. Nick Hensley.
“I received a phone call at work on June 15 and the caller said Kyle had been seriously wounded in Afghanistan and that we would get another call later with more information," his father, Chet Hockenberry told an Army public affairs reporter. "Every call, they kept telling us that they were right by his side doing everything they could for him. They were dedicated 100 percent to getting him home to us and we are very appreciative of what everyone did for Kyle."
After he stabilized, Kyle Hockenberry was transported to the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, where he is being fitted for prosthetic limbs and recuperating.
He hopes to be well enough to attend a welcome home ball with his unit at Fort Riley, Kan., in April.
"If everything is good, I plan to be there," he said.
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