Springfield soldier receives Purple Heart
Staff Sgt. Steven Wilson, who grew up in Springfield, received the Purple Heart on Jan. 21 for injuries he received during convoy duty from Kuwait to Iraq on May 31, 2011.
Wilson, 34, was assigned to Camp Arifjan in Kuwait when the M-915 truck in which he was traveling was hit by two explosive devices. He was diagnosed later with a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to an account in the Luke Air Force Base newspaper.
Wilson serves as a 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron operator and records licensing specialist. He joined the Air Force in July 1997, and has been assigned to Luke since December 2007. He was on his third deployment when he was injured.
He and his wife, Aimee, were married in Elmira in November 1997.