A career airman stationed at Hurlburt Field, Curtis spent his weekends tooling around his Holley by the Sea home, or working on his car.
Back then, he was known mostly as a “flyer” on an aircraft he loved, or as a good friend, ready to lend to a hand.
Now, he’s known mostly as a survivor.
Curtis, 32, was one of two crew members who survived an April crash after the CV-22 Osprey aircraft in which he was a passenger went down in southeast Afghanistan.
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