Tinker sergeant to receive DOD award

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  • By Darren D. Heusel
  • Tinker Public Affairs
An Airman assigned to the 552nd Air Control Wing at Tinker Air Force Base has been named the Outstanding Service Member with a Disability Award winner for 2014 for the entire Department of Defense.

Tech. Sgt. Chad Molenhour is due to accept the award on Oct. 30 in Washington, D.C.

"Recognition outside of this outstanding wing, especially at the DOD level, is truly a testament to Tech. Sgt. Molenhour's exceptional work ethic," said Col. Jay R. Bickley, 552nd ACW commander. "Tech. Sgt. Molenhour's amazing story of experiencing and overcoming adversity is truly remarkable and his adherence to our Air Force's core values certainly merits receiving this prestigious award."

On Sept. 30, 2012, Sergeant Molenhour and his wife, Twyla, were on leave when they were both severely injured in a near fatal motorcycle accident. Both sustained a fractured pelvis, a fractured arm/shoulder and both had a leg amputated.
The couple, hospitalized for 10 months in five different medical facilities, endured 15 surgeries.

Sergeant Molenhour remains on active duty and mentors other wounded warriors.

"I know there are many other DOD employees out there with disabilities even worse off than mine, yet they still get the job done," Sergeant Molenhour said. "I feel it is my duty to share my experience with others and show them that there is nothing that cannot be overcome."