R.I.S.E

Brian Kolfage

US Air Force Security Forces SrA
Brian Kolfage

US Air Force Security Forces Senior Airman Brian Kolfage was born in Detroit and grew up in Waikiki, Hawaii. The Air Force sent him to Iraq in 2003. On September 11, 2004, during his second tour, his airbase in Balad, Iraq fell under rocket attack. Brian was thrown into the air, losing both of his legs and his right arm instantly. He remained conscious the entire time.

The doctors at Walter Reed National Medical Center began to prepare Brian’s family for his death. He remained in a coma for three weeks but made a miraculous recovery. With incredible determination, Brian walked out of Walter Reed only 11 months after being injured.

Today, Brian is the most severely wounded Airman to survive any war. He is driven by his love for life and his family. Brian, his wife and daughter moved into their specially adapted smart home on October 18, 2016.