Former Lansford resident Nathan Krajcirik, stationed in Iraq, was recently featured in an article on the U.S. Air Force's international website. Nathan, the son of Toby and Ellen Krajcirik, serves as an Emergency Management Section technician in the Air Force's 332nd Civil Engineer Squadron.

The article, entitled "Emergency Management: Not just 'chem training guys,'" provides insight into the daily responsibilities of individuals who many in the Air Force consider to be "unsung heroes."

According to the piece, Krajcirik and his colleagues are tasked with preventing chemical, biological or nuclear attacks through careful observation and detection of suspicious substances. In order to carry out this duty, each technician is submitted to a battery of intricate tests and simulations.

"We're extremely proud of Nathan," Toby Krajcirik said. "Originally, we wanted him to go to college, but he was determined to fulfill his duty to his country."

Krajcirik entered the Air Force in October 2007, just months after his graduation from Panther Valley High School. He is currently stationed in Balad, Iraq, his second tour of duty in the Middle East after a six-month tour in Afghanistan last year. Before that, he served in Okinawa, Japan for two years.

For the full text of the article, complete with pictures, visit the Air Force's website at www.af.mil, keyword "Krajcirik."