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Master Sergeant Crystal Larrieu was recognized as the Community Coffee Honorary Captain at the New Orleans Saints-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game Sunday Nov. 5, 2017.
Larrieu enlisted in the active duty Air Force in May 2001 and was deployed to Kirkuk, Iraq in March 2004 as a member of the 159th Fighter Wing. After Larrieu's active duty service she joined the Louisiana Air National Guard in Auguest 2005.
She activated for all state and dederal disasters including: Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike, Isaac and Baton Rouge flood in 2016. Larrieu worked at point of distribution locations during Ike and Gustav and manned a Unified logistics element team to assure pods in the field received commodities in a timely manner during Hurricane Isaac. Master Sergeant Crystal Larrieu is a co-founder of a cancer doundation called Wingman Cancer Foundation.
The Wingman Cancer Foundation was founded by John and Crystal Larrieu. John Larrieu was diagnosed at the age of 29 with a rare testicular cancer. He had a large tumor surrounding his heart, and a tumor in each lung. John went through several rounds of chemo and surgery at MD Anderson to remove his tumor from his chest and lungs. His wife Crystal and family came together to beat the odds and he is in full recovery. The couple wanted to give back and started the foundation to help Guardsmen of Louisiana.
Larrieu also volunteered at the Salvation Army to hand out donated school supplies to Orleans and St. Bernard Parish residents.
Master Sergeant Larrieu continues to serve New Orleans and the United States of America in the Louisiana Air National Guard.