07/16/12 - 1:55pm
When John Hillyer first saw reports of the devastating 2011 Japan tsunami, the Eagle River jet pilot’s first reaction was to pack his bags and head home.
"As soon as this hit it was so hard to watch," said Hillyer.
At the time, Hillyer -- a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve who flies full time for FedEx -- was commanding the reserve's F-22 unit, a position that made it difficult for him to leave Alaska for an extended period of time.
"I was never called," he said.