By Maj. Will Cox
JEKYLL ISLAND—John W. Strain, a Cartersville resident and Georgia Army National Guard major, received the Society of U.S. Army Flight Surgeon’s 2011 Theodore Lyster Flight Surgeon of the Year Award in front of his family and co-workers at Jekyll Island. He was recognized for his achievements as the Task Force 1-171 General Support Aviation Battalion’s Aero Medical Physician Assistant while deployed to Operation new Dawn at Contingency Operating Station Taji, Iraq 2010-2011.
“Major Strain was the primary reason, from a medical standpoint, that the unit did as well as it did serving a very demanding mission. He is selfless, confident, full of integrity and has a servant heart. It was an honor to serve with him,” said Lt. Col. Richard Scheuring, TF 1-171 GSAB Flight Surgeon (SEP-OCT). “John never slept, at least that I was ever aware of.