Newest Medal of Honor Recipient Meets the MVAT Foundation
U.S. Army Captain Florent Groberg, America’s newest recipient of the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military honor that is awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty, met MVAT Foundation leadership on November 20 in El Segundo, California. Captain Groberg received the Medal of Honor on November 12, 2015 at a White House ceremony.
Responsible for the security of a group of senior officers and USAID officials in Asadabad, Kunar, Afghanistan, on August 8, 2012 Captain Groberg spotted and then physically prevented a suicide bomber from closing with a command team he and his men were escorting to a meeting with a senior Afghani official. As Captain Groberg tackled him, the bomber detonated his explosive vest. Hearing the explosion, a second suicide bomber detonated his vest prematurely. Though he miraculously survived the blast, Captain Groberg sustained career-ending wounds. His quick actions and immense bravery that day saved the lives of many members of his team.
Captain Groberg was hosted by the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, an MVAT Foundation beneficiary organization, which has received grants for their Family Programs. At the recent meeting, Captain Groberg spoke with MVAT Foundation Board Member Elliot Dix.