U.S. Armed Services Honors
"Sharing rifles may seem inconsequential. It's not. The weapons, which are outfitted with telescopic targeting sights and laser pointers, are fine-tuned to individual specifications and become intensely personal pieces of gear."
Bureaucracy: Ain't it a beautiful thing?
"...defending your country doesn't come without its share of danger. Sgt. Block's life changed on October 6, 2013, when he and fellow Rangers embarked on a direct-action raid to root out insurgent bombing attacks.
"Block spotted a couple in a courtyard and ordered the two to put their hands in the air. That's when one of the insurgents detonated an explosive strapped to her body.
"He says: "From what I'm told the explosion leveled some of the house. The only thing that separated me [from the suicide bomber> was the guy I was holding onto. And all of his bones ended up in my American flag that was wrapped around my plates and melted. And I think I got a chunk of him in my cheek, because I have shrapnel lodged in there."
"In 2014, Block was named the Army Times' "Soldier of the Year" for courage displayed on the battlefield and his ability to inspire and motivate other soldiers during his rehabilitation."
"When the other rescue team members asked Joseph to identify himself, Byers heard an unknown voice speaking English and "immediately leaped across the room and selflessly flung his body on top of the American hostage, shielding him from the continued rounds being fired across the room," the report said.
"The report also stated that while shielding Joseph with his body, Byers engaged another insurgent and "was able to pin the enemy combatant to the wall with his hand around the enemy's throat" until the other members of the team could "fire precision shots" to kill the final enemy guard."
"Byers will be the 11th living service member to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan."
America's finest at work, Thank-you, Sir!