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Army Heritage Center Foundation Honors 2018 Awardees

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation conducted its 11th Annual Membership and Recognition Dinner on November 3rd at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.  With two hundred of its friends and supporters present, the Foundation recognized the service CWO4 Michael Durant, USA Retired and 1SG Matthew Eversmann, USA Retired, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and LTC Martin Andresen, USA Retired.

Chief Warrant Officer Four Michael Durant, USA Retired and 1st Sergeant Matthew Eversmann, USA Retired, received the Foundation’s Living Legend Award for their contributions as Soldiers throughout their careers but with a focus on their service during the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia in 1993.  

Mike Durant was a member of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) and participated in combat operations Prime Chance, Just Cause, Desert Storm, and Gothic Serpent.  During Gothic Serpent in October 1993, he was briefly held prisoner after the Black Hawk he was piloting was shot down. While his capture and recovery are events that brought him to the public’s attention, his service as a medivac pilot in Korea and his more than 15 years’ service with SOAR is in keeping with the motto of his unit – Night Stalkers Never Quit.

Matt Eversmann led a Ranger unit (Chalk Four) in the eighteen hour Battle of Mogadishu for which he received the Bronze Star Medal with Valor device. Before he retired from active military duty in 2008 after 20 years of service, Eversmann served an additional 7 years with the Ranger Regiment from 2006 to 2007 and served as a First Sergeant in the 10th Mountain Division that deployed for eighteen months in Iraq. He taught at the U.S. Army War College and Johns Hopkins University and is the author of The Battle of Mogadishu.   

Recognizing individuals or organizations that make a very positive contribution to the lives of Soldiers and their families, the Foundation awarded the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) with the Foundation’s Boots on the Ground Award.  MG Clayton Hutmacher, President of the SWOF accepted the award.

SOWF supports Special Operations personnel from all U.S. military branches by providing full financial assistance for college education, counseling, preschool grants, and tutoring to the surviving children of Special Operations personnel who lost their lives in the line-of-duty.  Since its inception almost 40 years ago, SOWF has provided college tuition for almost 1,300 children of Special Operations personnel and assisted 1,100 wounded personnel.

Finally, LTC Martin Andresen, USA Retired received the MG John Armstrong Award.  Named for MG John Armstrong (1725-1795), a Soldier, a Statesman, a Pioneer, and a Leader who shaped the development of this region and the Nation, the award recognizes individuals and organizations that have helped develop USAHEC. For the past three decades, Colonel Andresen has been an ardent supporter of USAHEC’s archives and has been instrumental in enhancing the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center through the preservation and accessibility of Army technical manuals and regulations. After 28 years of active duty, Colonel Andresen volunteered at USAHEC full time for 25 years. 

 

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