Medal of Honor Recipient Florent Groberg

202: Medal of Honor Recipient Florent Groberg
Medal of Honor Recipient Florent Groberg served in the military for about seven years. From an infantry officer, he became a captain and took part of a deadly mission in Afghanistan. He survived to tell his story in his book, 8 Seconds of Courage.
“Dream big. Don’t put anything off because you don’t think you can make it.” – Retired Capt. Florent Groberg
Off to Afghanistan
Retired Capt. Groberg entered the Army in 2008. He became a platoon leader after completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Mechanized Leaders Course, U.S. Airborne and U.S. Army Ranger Schools.
He deployed to Kunar Province, Afghanistan where he was part of Task Force Lethal in 2009 and of Task Force Mountain Warrior in 2012. In July of 2012, he was promoted to captain.
The Game Changer
For six months that time, their mission was to protect the Colonel on the ground and plan his air movement. But in August, what was supposed to be an easy task proved to be lethal.
Two suicide bombers appeared on their way to a security meeting in East Afghanistan. The detonation of the first bomber killed four members of their team.
Retired Capt. Groberg was left with a traumatic brain injury. He also lost almost half his left calf muscle and suffered from a blown eardrum and a significant nerve damage.
Life with a New Mission
Consequently, he spent almost four years in the hospital for recovery. In 2015, he medically retired as a captain. That time, he struggled and couldn’t understand why he was spared.
It led him to a new mission in life, which was to honor his brothers and their families. Upon transition, he slowly picked up himself and furthered his education. Now, he works at the Department of Defense as a civilian employee.
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8 Seconds of Courage book
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Guest Bio Florent Groberg
Retired U.S. Army Captain Florent Groberg is the Co-Author of 8 Seconds of Courage, where he shares his story as an immigrant from France who ended up as receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor. After seven years in the military, he now works at the Department of Defense and with a new life mission. His many other awards include the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the NATO Medal, and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.
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