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Family Waits at Pope for Wounded Airman

Posted June 27, 1996 7:00 a.m. EDT

— June 28, 1996 - 1:53 p.m. EDT

Pope Air Force Base reports that four of its airmen were injured in the terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia. They are Airmen 1st Class Billy Allen, Jr., Steven Kitis, Tonya Burford and Technical Sergeant. Jim Rangitsch

WRAL-TV5'sRick Galltalked to Rangitsch's wife Anne. She had just received official notification from Pope, saying her husband was hospitalized with minor injuries. She talked with her husband by phone Thursday.

Anne Rangitsch said her husband described what he experienced during the attack.

She said Jim Rangitsch suffered cuts and bruises on his back and arm. He's been treated and released from the base hospital.

Anne Rangitsch says even though those wounded are being allowed to go home, she and their two children, Lindsay and James, will have to wait a while before seeing their husband and father.

Jim Rangitsch has been in the Air Force for 17 years and is now an air traffic controller. This is his third tour of the Middle East. His wife hopes he never has to go back, but says he probably will if asked