President Obama on Nov. 12 will present the Medal of Honor to retired Army Capt. Florent Groberg for his actions in a 2012 battle in Afghanistan where he tackled a suicide bomber and protected 28 fellow troops. Grobert will be the 10th living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan, the White House announced on Wednesday. On Aug. 8, 2012, Groberg was a personal security detachment commander for Task Force Mountain Warrior in Asadabad, protecting 28 US, coalition, and Afghan National Army personnel, including multiple commanders, according to an Army release. The patrol left FOB Fiaz for the provincial governor’s compound when two motorcycles approached and dismounted on a bridge. As this happened, Groberg noticed an individual walking backwards in the direction of the patrol, and made an abrupt turn toward the formation. He rushed the suspect and noticed he was wearing a suicide vest. Groberg shoved the man to the ground, the bomber landed chest-first and his vest exploded. The blast killed four Americans, and prompted another bomber to prematurely explode his vest. Groberg’s actions in shoving one bomber to the ground and prompting the premature explosion of the second bomber is credited with saving the rest of the group. Groberg is now retired from the Army and is a civilian employee of the Defense Department.
As the U.S. continues to pursue a diplomatic resolution with Russia over its troop buildup on the Ukraine border, the Defense Department is looking into what capabilities it will need to reassure NATO allies if Russia does launch an invasion, its top spokesperson said Jan. 21.