Sgt. Albert Vieth, 42, was recovering from his injuries in the United States Wednesday, three days after he was hit by enemy fire while flying in a Black Hawk helicopter in Afghanistan, Idaho National Guard officials report.
Vieth, a Star resident, is assigned to Co. A, 1-168, General Support Aviation Battalion of the Idaho Army National Guard, which went to Afghanistan in May.
Officials say Vieth was shot from the ground, and the bullet hit him in the arm before striking his shoulder.
The injury was described as serious, and officials say another Black Hawk crew member gave Vieth emergency medical care until he was able to reach medical professionals, according to Idaho Army National Guard reports.
Vieth was first taken to the U.S. Army Hospital in Landstuhl, Germany and has since returned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.
Vieth has been with the Idaho Army National Guard for 11 years.