Airman wounded in Afghanistan returns to Hawaii

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Hawaii-based airman who was wounded in Afghanistan received a warm welcome at the Honolulu Airport on Sunday. Staff Sgt. DJ Dutton, 30, is an explosive ordnance disposal technician assigned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. He was responding to an improvised explosive device last month when it suddenly detonated, leaving him with severe burns. The explosion occurred just as Dutton was near the end of a six month deployment.

"Great to see him, shake his hand, see him smiling, see him walking down the causeway and even more importantly, seeing him with his family and the fact's he reunited with the heroes who remain here at home," said the 647th Air Base Group commander, Col. Dann Carlson.

"He's doing really good. Other guys lose limbs and stuff like that aren't doing as well but DJ's doing great and in good spirits," said Chief Master Sgt. Joe May.

Dutton spent a month at a treatment center in San Antonio, Texas. He was recently awarded the Purple Heart medal for his actions.

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