Motivational Talk with Medal of Honor Recipient Clinton Romesha
Venue: Burruss Auditorium, Blacksburg
Organizations: Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets
Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Event Types: Speaking Engagements
Cost: Free
Description:
The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets presents a Motivational Talk with Medal of Honor Recipient Clinton Romesha on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Burruss Auditorium.

Clinton Romesha, a former U.S. Army staff sergeant, received the Medal of Honor for his actions on Oct. 3, 2009, during a deadly attack on Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan. He is one of only 18 to receive the country’s highest award for valor for heroism displayed while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, according to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

During his motivational talks, Romesha reminds audiences of the power ordinary people have for extraordinary bravery and remains deeply committed to telling the stories of the soldiers who served with him, both living and gone.

Clinton Romesha enlisted in the Army in 1999. He deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and once to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. At the time of the attack, he was assigned as a section leader for Bravo Troop, 361st Cavalry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

He took quick and selfless action while under aggressive fire from the Taliban. Despite shrapnel wounds to his neck, shoulders, and arms, he carried out a counterattack that not only eliminated Taliban machine guns, but also allowed wounded soldiers to be taken to an aid station.

In 2013, he was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama. That same year, he was inducted into the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes.

The event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Corps of Cadets’ Rice Center for Leader Development as part of the Cutchins Leadership Lecture Series.

Copies of Romesha’s 2016 memoir, “Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor,” will be available for purchase at the event through the University Bookstores.

For more information, visit: https://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2017/10/corps-romesha.html.
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