Airman receives Purple Heart bedside

Air Force Reservist Senior Airman Diane Lopes (center) poses with Chief of the Air Force Reserve Command, Lt. Gen. John A. Bradley (right of Airman Lopes) and 920th Rescue Wing senior leadership, after receiving the Purple Heart bedside. General Bradley presented the medal Sept. 28 to Airman Lopes in her hospital room at Walter Reed Army Medical Facility in Maryland. Airman Lopes is a security forces apprentice with the 920th RQW, Patrick AFB, Fla. She is in good condition and on the road to recovery despite surviving a mortar attack a week ago at Kirkuk AB, Iraq. She and her fellow 920th RQW security forces comrades were in Iraq less than a month when Airman Lopes was struck by enemy shrapnel in the right arm and left leg while walking on base after a mortar attack. She was off duty at the time. Officials say her prognosis is good, but she has a lot of physical therapy ahead of her. (U.S. Army Photo/Winston S. Wilson)

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