The White House announced on Wednesday that Florent Groberg, formerly of the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division, is the third Fort Carson soldier from the unit to receive the Army's highest award, the Medal of Honor.
Former Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha and former Staff Sgt. Ty Carter received the award in 2013 in recognition for their bravery during a deadly fight in a remote area Afghanistan in 2009. Groberg was honored for his actions in a August 2012 suicide bombing attack.
Romesha was awarded the Medal of Honor on Feb. 11, 2013, and Carter received the award a few months later, on Aug. 26.
In October 2009, Romesha was assigned to defend Combat Outpost Keating in eastern Afghanistan. On Oct. 3, hundreds of Taliban insurgents attacked the post, a spot that an Army investigation later declared to be "tactically indefensible." Although he had been wounded by shrapnel in his arm, Romesha coordinated a counterattack that saved Keating and most of its troops. He coordinated airstrikes, killed insurgents with a Soviet-era sniper rifle he found on the ground and made a bold 100-meter dash through a rain of bullets to retrieve the bodies of men who were killed. Romesha was discharged from the Army in 2011.
On that same day, Carter also was wounded when fighting broke out at Keating. Like Romesha, despite his injuries, Carter braved enemy fire to rescue a wounded comrade, Spc. Stephan Mace. Carter pulled Mace to safety and dressed his wounds; Mace eventually died of his injuries.
Mace's dying cries for help continued to haunt Carter in 2013, when he spoke openly about suffering from PTSD. Carter was eventually transferred to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, and deployed again to Afghanistan in 2012, according to his website.
He was discharged in October 2014, Carter said in an email to The Gazette.