During his service as a member of the 212th Rescue Squadron (Alaska Air National Guard), Jimmy trained exhaustively to execute rescue missions anytime, anyplace, and in any environment. In late 2010, Jimmy was shot in the head in Afghanistan attempting to rescue an injured and pinned down Army patrol. Despite his injury, and with the shrapnel still in his head, Jimmy continued to function as a PJ for a week during the Battle of Bull Dog Bite II. His actions and those of his teammates were recognized as the “Rescue Mission of the Year” by the Jolly Green Association. Though Jimmy’s injuries were not life threatening, they were life changing. Upon his return stateside, Jimmy was medically retired from the Air Force in 2013 as a Staff Sergeant. Since his retirement he has begun taking college classes directed at his interests, as well as written a book, “Never Quit”.