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Army Spc. Ezra Maes was on a deployment to Poland when an accident almost took his life.

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A member of Battery C, 1-174 Air Defense Artillery Regiment with a Stinger missile during Combined Resolve XI at Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, December 7, 2018. (U.S. Army/Charles Rosemond)

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.

The U.S. military is shifting its focus toward preparing for great-power conflict, and on the ground in Europe, where heightened tensions with Russia have a number of countries worried about renewed conflict.

That includes new attention to short-range air-defense — a capability needed against an adversary that could deploy ground-attack aircraft, especially helicopters, and contest control of the air during a conflict.

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