Portrait Display Highlights Air Force Veterans

The Air Force is highlighting 33 veterans for their “service and heroism at war” in the fourth volume of Veterans in Blue. The portrait-based display, which launched on Nov. 8 and now hangs in the halls of the Pentagon, honors veterans who have helped shaped the Air Force. It includes a range of airmen from former A1C Herb Trimpe who enlisted in 1962 as a weather observer to retired Lt. Gen. Paul Carlton who helped develop a new method for caring for wounded service members while serving as chief of surgery at Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1983. That method resulted in the “best survival rates in the history of war,” states the Nov. 12 release. Carlton would later become the 17th Surgeon General of the Air Force. Trimpe, on the other hand, is most known for his work at Marvel Comics, where we drew such comics as the Hulk, Wolverine, and G.I. Joe after separating from the Air Force. “For decades, airmen have answered the call to serve and protect the nation’s interests, people, and cherished freedoms that underpin it all, risking their lives for others, and thus, becoming heroes in the eyes of those they protected,” according to the release.