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Captain Swenson, the newest holder of the Medal.

swenson.png More on Swenson at Fox News


An Army-produced video segment on the fight at Ganjgal.

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HERO!
The real, no fooling, earned it kind.

I salute him and am humbled by him, and the others who have earned this award. 

I just wish he could have received it from a Commander in Chief who appreciated CAPT Swenson's service, and the sacrifices of his comrades in arms as much as they deserved.
 
Nuristan and Kunar Provinces, the Area of Operations for the 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division in 2009 were the scene of the fiercest combat actions of the Afghan War. COP Keating and this fight in the Ganjal Valley were under the control of the 4th Brigade. Thus far, these two fights have resulted in the award of four Medals of Honor, two Navy Crosses, and numerous Silver Stars and Bronze Stars w/ V device.

CPT Swenson's award was delayed for four years, his award packet was inexplicibly lost, and politics was in full cry throughout the process. CPT Swenson's open criticism of the command and control failures at the battalion TOC may have been the root cause of some retribution that may have occurred. That was all put right today. No matter who presided over the ceremony, his political cheap shot remarks will be soon forgotten and CPT Swenson's actions can stand on their own. Well done and Duty First.

CPT Swenson managed to get a shave and a haircut for today's ceremony and he has requested a return to active duty. I suspect that the Army will approve his request.
 
Actions always speak louder than words. Something that someone at that ceremony has demonstrated to someone there who could learn that.
 
Centurion.
"CPT Swenson's award was delayed for four years, his award packet was inexplicibly lost, and politics was in full cry throughout the process. CPT Swenson's open criticism of the command and control failures at the battalion TOC may have been the root cause of some retribution that may have occurred."
His "Phone-Book" sized recommendations for the award was deliberately discarded, as he had the audacity to criticize the "higher-ups" that refused his multiple requests for support.
Inexplicibly, my little pink butt.
They tried to 'submarine' this guy, and his 'Brothers' would'nt have it.
It's a shame that he had to get the award from the JEF, but it is what it is.
So it goes...

 
This photo reminds me of my Army friends who were photographed after returning from Vietnam with SERIOUS sideburns and hairs (moustaches? don't even go there). A tad shaggy and by today's standards, totally unacceptable.

But they were heroes.

And they still are.

To me.

*Salute*
 
Chris,

I didn't say it because the "COL Mustard in the Library with the Knife" pieces are missing, but I think that you are right. I also suspect that they aren't trying too hard to solve the mystery. I do understand why the copies below ISAF went missing since typically units wipe their drives at TOA and this was a bastard unit. But, both the paper and electronic copy had to be at ISAF Hq. and I can't see how they go missing accidently.
 
Greetings:

Once again, four years to get the award done.  There should be some kind of an award for the brainiacs in the Pentagon who seem to think that in spite of all the miracles of modern telecommunications, four years is the schedule.  

 
 
11 Bush, I would propose an "Efficiency in Efficient processing and Awarding Awards Award." Why not? Given some the awards their giving out these days, that would fit right in.
 

Either your Presidents disapproves, or he's trying to look superior - I've seen that look on a Maitre D's face when someone in a T shirt walked into a restuarant.