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Purple Heart Day 5K

Master Sgt. Ryan Hines (center), 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Environmental Safety Office section chief, and members of Team Yokota run during a 5K on Purple Heart Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 7, 2019.

Master Sgt. Ryan Hines (center), 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Environmental Safety Office section chief, and members of Team Yokota run during a 5K on Purple Heart Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 7, 2019. In 2011, while assigned to Forward Operating Base Smart in Zabul Province, Hines and his team were attacked by improvised explosive devises and suicide bombers while returning to base. After regaining consciousness he directed other Airmen to their defensing fighting positions. For his actions, Hines was awarded the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Combat Action Medal and Army Combat Action Badge. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Kevin West)

Master Sgt. Tiffany Bufford, 374th Safety Office superintendent, runs a 5K during Purple Heart Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 7, 2019.

Master Sgt. Tiffany Bufford, 374th Safety Office superintendent, runs a 5K during Purple Heart Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 7, 2019. Bufford and more than 70 members of Team Yokota participated in the run to honor recipients of the Purple Heart. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Kevin West)

Members of Team Yokota participated in a 5K run during Purple Heart Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 7, 2019.

Members of Team Yokota participated in a 5K run during Purple Heart Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 7, 2019. On 7 August 1782, General George Washington, the commander in chief of the Continental Army, created the "Badge of Merit," in Newburgh, New York. The badge was to be presented to soldiers for "any singularly meritorious action" and permitted its wearer to pass guards and sentinels without challenge. The honoree's name and regiment were also to be inscribed in a "Book of Merit." (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Kevin West)

Yokota Air Base, Japan -- Master Sgt. Ryan Hines (center), 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Environmental Safety Office section chief, and members of Team Yokota run during a 5K on Purple Heart Day at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 7, 2019. In 2011, while assigned to Forward Operating Base Smart in Zabul Province, Hines and his team were attacked by improvised explosive devises and suicide bombers while returning to base. After regaining consciousness he directed other Airmen to their defensing fighting positions. For his actions, Hines was awarded the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Combat Action Medal and Army Combat Action Badge. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Kevin West)