Family Serving Family: Exchange VP’s Nephew Named Army’s Flight Surgeon of the Year

Dr. Benjamin Stork, who was recently named the Army’s Flight Surgeon of the Year, tends to a man injured during one of the hurricanes in Puerto Rico last fall. Stork’s uncle is Pacific Region Regional Vice President Rick Fair.

 

Rick Fair is one proud uncle.

The Exchange’s regional vice president over Korea, Hawaii, Samoa and Kwajalein is beaming after his nephew, Dr. Benjamin Stork, was named the Army’s Theodore Lyster Flight Surgeon of the Year recently. Stork, an Army captain, just left for Afghanistan’s Bagram AB.

Rick Fair, the Pacific Region’s regional vice president in Korea

“One of the Exchanges core values is Family Serving Family, and I am proud that Ben and I are part of unique groups that serve our military families,” Fair said. “I am one of the many Exchange associates who serve military families with the products and services they need, and Ben serves this same military family by keeping them healthy, ready and resilient.

“We go where they go, and Ben goes where they go, too. His award is an honor and well-deserved.”

“One of the Exchanges core values is Family Serving Family, and I am proud that Ben and I are part of unique groups that serve our military families”

-Rick Fair, Pacific Region regional vice president

A trained osteopath, CPT Stork received an outpouring of accolades from his commander of the 101st Combat Aviation Bridge at Fort Campbell, Ky. He is “the epitome of Soldier physician and is a sterling example of our tradition of smart, engaged flight surgeons tracing a long proud lineage back to Theodore Lyster,” wrote LTC John Hellums, the brigade’s chief surgeon, in a memo nominating CPT Stork for the award.

Lyster is known as the father of aviation medicine.

CPT Stork volunteered to accompany his medical team to Puerto Rico to help the community recover from Hurricane Maria. Exchange associates were there, too, serving the island’s military families. While in Puerto Rico, he flew more than 30 hours participating in patient care and in search-and-rescue missions.

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