STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday May 13, 2014


Today's Focus:

Medal of Honor for Sgt. Kyle J. White

What is it?

President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor, nation's highest award for valor, to former Sgt. Kyle J. White, during a ceremony at the White House today at 3:00 p.m. (EDT). White is the eighth Soldier to receive the Medal of Honor for operations in Afghanistan.

What has the Army done?

The Office of the Chief of Public Affairs created a website to pay tribute to Sgt. White's actions, above and beyond the call of duty, in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, on Nov. 9, 2007. Visitors to the multi-media rich site can access text accounts interspersed with audio and video commentary of Sgt. White's actions, audio and video commentary, a biography, and the official narrative.

The White House ceremony will be live streamed from the website and live tweeted from #USArmy Twitter platform.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

In addition to the White House ceremony, Army senior leaders will recognize White, his family, and friends during a Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony at the Pentagon, scheduled on May 14, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

Why is this important to the Army?

Sgt. White embodies the attributes of a Professional Soldier. During the ambush at Aranas, White lived out the Soldier's Creed as he fought for his teammates and the nation. Today, Kyle employs his competence, character, and commitment within a new profession, living the Army Values alongside citizens he once served.

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Focus Quote for the Day

It's just a matter of time before I'm dead. I figured, if that's going to happen, I might as well help someone while I can.

- Former Sgt. Kyle J. White, shares his thoughts prior to his heroic actions on Nov. 9, 2007, at the Battle of Aranas at Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, for which he will be awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama at a White House Ceremony today at 3 p.m. (EDT)

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