Medal of Honor for Capt. (Ret.) Florent Groberg

Thursday, November 12, 2015

What is it?

President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor, to U.S. Army Capt. (Ret.) Florent Groberg, during a ceremony at the White House today at 11:15 a.m. EST. Groberg is only the tenth Solider to earn the Medal of Honor for operations in Afghanistan.

What has the Army done?

The Office of the Chief of Public affairs has created a Medal of Honor microsite to pay tribute to Capt. (Ret.) Florent Groberg’s actions above and beyond the call of duty, in Asadabad, Kunar Province, Afghanistan on Aug. 8, 2012. Visitors to the multi-media rich site can access a firsthand account of Groberg’s actions in his own words, as well as the official battle narrative, his biography, unit history, and award citation.

The White House ceremony will be streamed live from the microsite and live tweeted from #USArmy Twitter platform. In addition, the Army has published exclusive content for each recipient on the Army’s official Facebook page.

Why is this important to the Army?

Capt. (Ret.) Florent Groberg displayed the attributes of a professional Soldier, and embodied the Warrior Ethos. During the attack in Asadabad, Groberg lived out the Soldier’s Creed as he placed himself between a suicide bomber and his teammates. Today, Groberg employs his competence, character, and commitment within a new profession, living the Army Values alongside citizens he once served.

What does the Army have planned for the future?

In addition to today’s ceremony at the White House, the Secretary of Defense and Army senior leaders will recognize Capt. (Ret.) Florent Groberg during a Pentagon Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony, scheduled for 10:00 a.m. EST on Nov. 13. The ceremony will be streamed live at the Medal of Honor website for Capt. (Ret.) Florent Groberg.


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