Yesterday, U.S. Army Captain William D. Swenson was awarded the Medal of Honor in a ceremony at the White House led by President Barack Obama. Swenson received the honor for his valor in a sharp firefight in Afghanistan in 2009, in which five American and 10 Afghani soldiers were killed. Swenson, who left the Army after the incident but now plans to rejoin, complained to his chain of command after the fight that his team was not properly supported by other military units. Although his complaint was eventually justified, the paperwork that ultimately resulted in Swenson receiving the Medal of Honor was mysteriously delayed for three years.
For his bravery in battle and willingness to square off against commanders who are not on the field of battle, I wanted to take a moment to thank William Swenson and congratulate him for a well-deserved honor. The U.S. Army can use soldiers with his fortitude in battle and compassion toward his subordinates, so I wish him a most successful career in the military and subsequent endeavors.