US Army Master Sgt. Cedric King grew up an only child in a single-parent home. He joined the military in 1995 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. After changing his focus from aviation operations specialist to infantry, Cedric graduated from the US Army Ranger School.
On July 25, 2012, during his third deployment, Cedric’s platoon conducted a reconnaissance of a possible explosives distributor in an Afghan village. As they approached the target, they fell under machine gun fire. Once the firefight ended, Cedric proceeded forward, only to step on a pressure plate improvised explosive device (IED). The blast lifted him from his feet. In that moment, Cedric wondered if he would ever see his wife, mother and daughters again. He awoke eight days later in the United States to find his mother and wife at his bedside. He had sustained disfigurement on his right hand and both of his legs were amputated.
Since his injury, Cedric has earned numerous medals and awards, ran marathons, and climbed mountains. He and his family are enjoying the stability that the custom features in their specially adapted smart home provide.
The Gifts of Crisis
Only 20 months after losing both legs on a mission in the Afghanistan war, US Army Staff Sgt. Cedric King, a native of Norlina NC, describes how he turned a life crisis into a gift and a series of challenges and rewarding experiences.