Grateful Nation Award Recipients

Representing US Air Force MSgt Garrison’s improvised explosive device emplacement analysis was relayed to the Iraqi Prime Minister leading to a surge of forces in Baghdad. He collected 4000 pieces of evidence resulting in 15 biometric hits capturing 9 terrorists. MSgt Garrison deployed to Kuwait for 6 months. He secured the perimeter of 53 sites worth

Representing US Army With over seventeen years of military service, 1SG Garett Strifler, the current First Sergeant of HHB, 3-27 FAR, has exceptionally impacted every organization he has served in. Enlisting in the Army as a Rocket System (MLRS/HIMARS) Crewmember

Representing U.S. Special Operations Command Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Joshua S. Goldberg, United States Navy, for superior leadership, conspicuous gallantry, and intrepidity in action against the enemy as Assault Team Leader, specifically while deployed to a Joint Task Force

Representing US Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Elkantar distinguished himself with exceptionally superior service in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Gunnery Sergeant Elkantar volunteered to deploy where he expertly led a joint team of two military and 41 contracted

Representing U.S. Army Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York City, MAJ Kyle Peatfield took part in Operation Noble Eagle from 2003-2004, working to ensure national security by securing key and vital installations and infrastructure throughout the

Representing USSOCOM Master Sergeant William L. Cook distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious achievement from October 2021 to March 2022 while deployed with a Joint Task Force (JTF) supporting Operation Inherent Resolve as a Sniper Team Leader. As a Sniper Team

Representing U.S. Air Force During the Global War on Terrorism, MSgt McCalister led 410 combat missions and cleared 7,000 miles of routes, for which he was awarded the Air Force Combat Action Medal. He has received multiple awards and decorations,

Representing U.S. Navy Lieutenant Robert L. Baxter has dedicated his career to the national security of the United States of America. LT Baxter has distinguished himself through superior conduct both in civil and military service over the last fifteen years.

Representing U.S. Marine Corps First Lieutenant Lamb distinguished himself with exceptionally superior service in support of the Global War on Terrorism while deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, as a part of Operation Inherent Resolve. Furthermore, First Lieutenant Lamb played an integral