Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) March 27, 2014
Five heroic medics and corpsmen were honored as ‘Angels of the Battlefield’ at a special gala last night sponsored by the Armed Services YMCA. The two women and three men were chosen for their exemplary talents as life-saving military personnel and their dedication to service. The “Angels” represent each of the five service branches of the U.S. military, and were chosen by their respective Service Chiefs. More than 300 guests, including senior military and enlisted service members, gathered at the Four Seasons in Washington, D.C. to honor the 2014 heroes at the 8th annual gala.
"Thanks to the remarkable advances in battlefield and post-battlefield medical care, a great many more of our nation's service men and women will be with us for decades to come. And yet, despite the monumental improvements in methods, technology, and techniques of medical intervention, it's the faces behind the care that our wounded warriors ultimately recognize as their lifesavers . . . the heroes of the heroes," remarked, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral James A. "Sandy" Winnefeld, Jr., who delivered the keynote address.
The 2014 Angels include:
The Gala featured entertainment by country music star, Savannah Berry, finalist from NBC’s the Voice, and Grammy Award winner, Kristian Bush.
“These are the men and women that risk their lives each day, so our service members make it home to their families,” says Mike Landers, President and CEO of Armed Services YMCA. “Recognizing them for their sacrifices and tremendous sense of valor is one small way to demonstrate how grateful we are for their service.
The Armed Services YMCA is a top-rated 501 (c) (3) charity. ASYMCA provides services and support programs for junior enlisted service members and their families at 45 of military installations across the U.S. They offer childcare, wounded warrior support, spouse and deployment assistance, and other programs to help make military life easier. For more information on ASYMCA, visit http://www.asymca.org.
Back Row, Left to Right:
Sgt. Kristopher Ritterhouse, Army Medic Honoree; HM1 Kevin Toland, Marine Corpsman Honoree; HM2 Michael Marchante, Navy Corpsman Honoree; HSN1 Janet Combs, Coast Guard Corpsman Honoree; General Larry Spencer, Vice Chief of Staff, United States Air Force; SrA Taylor Renfro, Air Force Medic Honoree;
Front Row, Left to Right
General John Campbell, Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army; Rear Admiral Brian Pecha, Force Surgeon, Marine Force Reserves; Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations; Vice Admiral John Currier, 28th Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard
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