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Travis AFB makes boy superhero for a day

D’Marrion Otten, a Make-a-Wish foundation wish recipient, salutes to show appreciation for the people that worked together to make his wish of becoming a superhero for a day come true Aug 15,2014, at Solano Community College in Fairfield, Calif. Make-a-Wish partnered with Travis Air Force Base, the Coast Guard and the Solano County Sheriff's Department.   (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Amber Carter)

D’Marrion Otten, a Make-a-Wish foundation wish recipient, salutes to show appreciation for the people that worked together to make his wish of becoming a superhero for a day come true Aug 15,2014, at Solano Community College in Fairfield, Calif. Make-a-Wish partnered with Travis Air Force Base, the Coast Guard and the Solano County Sheriff's Department. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Amber Carter)

Col. Corey Martin poses with D’Marrion Otten Aug. 15, 2014, at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. D’Marrion was given a Hero’s welcome after spending the day defeating bad guys as a superhero to fulfill his wish submitted to the Make-a-Wish foundation. Martin is the 60th Air Mobility Wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Amber Carter)

Col. Corey Martin poses with D’Marrion Otten Aug. 15, 2014, at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. D’Marrion was given a Hero’s welcome after spending the day defeating bad guys as a superhero to fulfill his wish submitted to the Make-a-Wish foundation. Martin is the 60th Air Mobility Wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Amber Carter)

Master Sgt. Paul Ragan is held captive by a member of the Solano County Sherriff’s Department, who was dressed up as a bad guy, Aug. 15, 2014, at Solano Community College in Fairfield, Calif. This scenario was created for D’Marrion Otten, a Make-a-Wish foundation wish recipient, as part of being a superhero for a day. Ragan is D’Marrion’s baseball coach and the 60th Civil Engineer Squadron NCO in charge (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Amber Carter)

Master Sgt. Paul Ragan is held captive by a member of the Solano County Sherriff’s Department, who was dressed up as a bad guy, Aug. 15, 2014, at Solano Community College in Fairfield, Calif. This scenario was created for D’Marrion Otten, a Make-a-Wish foundation wish recipient, as part of being a superhero for a day. Ragan is D’Marrion’s baseball coach and the 60th Civil Engineer Squadron NCO in charge (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Amber Carter)

D’Marrion Otten (right), a Make-a-Wish foundation wish recipient, meets Airmen volunteers Aug. 15, 2014, at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Make-a-Wish also partnered with the Coast Guard and the Solano County Sheriff's Department. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Amber Carter)

D’Marrion Otten (right), a Make-a-Wish foundation wish recipient, meets Airmen volunteers Aug. 15, 2014, at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Make-a-Wish also partnered with the Coast Guard and the Solano County Sheriff's Department. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Amber Carter)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) -- As he puts on the uniform that resembles military desert camouflage, he is no longer a child -- he is a superhero.

His mission is to use his extremely advanced fighting skills developed during his 11 years on earth to defeat the bad guys and rescue the good guys. His superhero instincts lead him to the inside of an aircraft with bad guys lurking behind every corner and his getaway helicopter awaits him outside.

Many children grow up pretending to be superheroes but rarely get the chance to become one in the same way D'Marrion Otten did here, Aug. 15.

D'Marrion was referred to the Make-a-Wish foundation, an organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. His illnesses have resulted in surgeries on his ears causing hearing loss. He uses American Sign Language to help him communicate.

"He's not too vocal," said Michelle Brown, D'Marrion's mom. "I was shocked, but I was happy to hear that flying on a helicopter with a superhero was the wish that he told the Make-a-Wish foundation."

The event consisted of two scenarios. The first was aboard a Travis Air Force Base C-5 Galaxy where D'Marrion learned how to use his superpower to defeat the bad guys, Airmen volunteers. Then he rode in a Humvee to a Coast Guard helicopter and flew to Solano Community College in Fairfield, California.

"He's never flown before and he loved it," Brown said.

Scenario two was set up by the Solano County Sheriff's Department. D'Marrion defeated multiple bad guys and rescued his baseball coach, Paul Ragan.

"D'Marrion is an outstanding kid and baseball player, said Master Sgt. Paul Ragan, the Junior Giants coach and the 60th Civil Engineer Squadron NCO in charge. "He plays without hesitation and I couldn't ask for a better superhero."

After saving the day, D'Marrion was flown back to Travis AFB where he received a hero's welcome involving the 22nd Airlift Squadron standing in formation upon his arrival. Col. Corey Martin, the 60th Air Mobility Wing commander, presented him with a military coin, a medal for exceptional bravery, a certificate and a set of personalized dog tags.

"It was fun," D'Marrion signed. "The helicopter ride was beautiful. I was surprised and I wasn't scared."

Make-a-Wish partnered with Travis AFB, the Coast Guard and the Solano County Sheriff's Department to help make D'Marrion's wish come true.

"It was very inspiring to see so many different organizations come together to make this happen for D'Marrion," said Tech. Sgt. Michael Turner, the event coordinator and a 21st AS C-17 instructor loadmaster and readiness flight chief. "The level of support that everyone provided was just amazing."

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