A former Fort Carson soldier has been awarded the highest honor a service member can achieve.
Former Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha received the Medal of Honor for his actions in Afghanistan during one of the deadliest assaults in the war. He is only the fourth living Medal of Honor recipient for the Irag and Afghanistan wars.
On Oct. 3, 2009, nearly 300 insurgents armed with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades stormed a pair of remote outposts near the Pakistan border, killing eight U.S. soldiers and capturing more than 20 Afghan security troops.
The Medal of Honor citation states that "with complete disregard for his own safety, Romesha continually exposed himself to heavy enemy fire as he moved confidently about the battlefield, engaging and destroying multiple enemy targets, including three Taliban fighters who had breached the combat outpost's perimeter."
It goes on to explain that Romesha directed air support to destroy over 30 enemy fighters, provided covering fire for wounded comrades to reach an aid station, and also ran under "withering fire" to retrieve the bodies of dead soldiers.
Romesha was a section leader with the 4th Infantry Division's Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team at the time of the assault. He left the Army in 2011 and lives in Minot, North Dakota with his wife and three children.
The Medal of Honor caps off an already highly decorated career. Honors Romesha received while in the service include: the Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal w/three Campaign Stars, Bronze Star Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, Purple Heart, five Army Achievement Medals, Valorous Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon w/ Numeral 2, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon w/ Numeral 5, NATO Medal w/ Bronze Service Star, and the Combat Action Badge.
President Obama presented the Medal of Honor in a ceremony at the White House Monday.