Apr 7, 2020
Zac Rhyner in his 2nd life career is currently Pursuing a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at the Duke University School of Medicine. In his first career, Zac was and is a war hero and retiree from the United States Air Force.
Zac completed a total of 6 deployments, 5 to Afghanistan and 1 to Iraq. He was awarded the Air Force Cross which is the second-highest military award that can be presented to a member of the United States Air Force. He was the first living and second-ever combat controller to receive the Air Force Cross. Zac was also awarded three Purple Hearts. The Purple Heart is a U.S. military declaration awarded in the name of the president to those wounded or killed while serving with the U.S. military. Zac also received the Bronze Star and the Air Force Commendation with Valor Awards both in recognition for heroism. The valor part of it relates to heroism in a combat zone.
Zac was born, raised, and attended schools in Medford, Wisconsin, population 4400. He is a middle of five children, four boys and one girl. Each child is 2 years apart. Zac was an avid sports jock competing on the high school football, swim, wrestling, and track teams. He is crazy about the Green Bay Packers!
Inspired by his grandfather who fought in the World War 2 Pacific Theater along with his uncle who fought in the Vietnam War and a Purple Heart recipient as well, Zac joined the U.S. Air Force in 2004 enlisting in Special Operations as a combat controller. He graduated basic training earning the Top Graduate award outpacing over 800 recruits.
Zac is married to his wife Jillian. Zac and Jillian are proud parents of two very energetic, adorable boys. Zac and Jillian are pregnant and anticipating the arrival of a baby girl. Lambo is the four-legged pride of their family. In 2016, the Rhyners moved into Twelve Oaks.
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