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Medal of Honor posthumously awarded to Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"He displayed immeasurable courage and uncommon valor -- eventually sacrificing his own life to save the lives of his teammates and 15 Afghanistan National Army soldiers.”

- From the White House written statement issued to announce the Medal of Honor being awarded to Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller

President Obama to award Medal of Honor

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Oct. 6: Medal of Honor White House ceremony for Staff Sgt. Robert Miller

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TODAY'S FOCUS

Medal of Honor posthumously awarded to Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller

What is it?

The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest medal for valor in combat that can be awarded to members of the armed forces. Since the medal's creation in 1862, there have been more than 3,400 recipients; more than 2,000 of those were Soldiers.

What has the Army done?

The White House recently announced the President will present the Medal of Honor to the family of Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller for gallantry in combat demonstrated on January 25, 2008, during Operation Enduring Freedom. President Obama will present the medal during a White House ceremony today at 1:45 p.m. At the time of his heroic actions, Staff Sgt. Miller was assigned to A Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C. Staff Sgt. Miller is the second Soldier to receive the Medal of Honor for service in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Miller's unwavering courage, at the cost of his own life, embodied the highest ideals of the Army Values. His selflessness and leadership above and beyond the call of duty exemplifies the strength of our Nation.

What events will take place to honor Staff Sgt. Miller?

In addition to today's ceremony at the White House, Army senior leaders will recognize Staff Sgt. Miller, his family and friends in a Pentagon ceremony Thursday, Oct. 7. At this time, Philip and Maureen Miller, Staff Sgt. Miller's parents, will be presented with the official picture and citation, Medal of Honor flag, and the Hall of Heroes plaque will also be unveiled. Staff Sgt. Miller will forever be recognized by the Army and our nation for his demonstration of courage above and beyond the call of duty.

Why is this important to the Army?

The nature of our most recent conflicts is different than those past. Servicemembers distinguish themselves in different ways, and Staff Sgt. Miller distinguished himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty - the reason he is the recipient of the Medal of Honor. As long as America is the home of the brave, there will be nominees for the Medal of Honor. As we move into our ninth year of persistent conflict, we're reminded that our men and women continue to serve honorably, selflessly and courageously.

Resources:

Medal of Honor recipient, Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller, microsite

The United States Army Medal of Honor

White House Press Release

Congressional Medal of Honor Society

Medal of Honor recommendation process

U.S Army Center of Military History

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