Photo by Staff Sgt. Cynthia Spalding

When it comes to rescuing soldiers and civilians from the air, Senior Master Sgt. Christopher “Doug” Widener has seen it all throughout his 25 years in the rescue community. The pararescueman has rescued trapped climbers off knife-thin ridges in Alaska and completed four deployments to Afghanistan, earning a Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for a string of near-nonstop rescues over five days in 2010.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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