The White House announced Monday that former Army Capt. Will Swenson will receive the Medal of Honor, more than four years after he led a small contingent of U.S. military advisers through the teeth of a deadly ambush in eastern Afghanistan.
Swenson was an embedded trainer working with an Afghan Border Police mentor team on Sept. 8, 2009, when his unit was ambushed in Kunar province’s Sarkani district. The controversial battle sparked national outcry when it was learned U.S. forces on the ground were repeatedly denied air and artillery support they had requested. Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer received the Medal of Honor in September 2011 for heroism in the same battle.
“It’s a monumental event for me, for my family and for my teammates,” Swenson said in an Army news release published Monday night. “This day also means lot to those I served with.”
Will Swenson will be the sixth living recipient of the nation’s highest military award for valor during combat in Iraq or Afghanistan.