President awarding Medal of Honor to Spokane native



Posted on July 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 27 at 7:03 AM

WASHINGTON D.C.-- White House staffers announced Friday that a Spokane native will receive the Medal of Honor on August 26th. President Barack Obama will award Staff Sergeant Ty M. Carter, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguishes themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while engaging in action.

He is credited with braving enemy fire to treat and carry a fellow soldier to safety. Staff Sergeant Carter will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a cavalry scout with Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations in Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2009.

Staff Sergeant Carter will be the fifth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.  Carter and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.

Carter grew up in Spokane, Washington. The married father of three enlisted in the Army in January 2008 as a cavalry scout.

He completed training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky.

Carter was assigned to 3-61 Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, where he deployed to Afghanistan from May 2009 to May 2010.  In Oct 2010, he was assigned as a Stryker gunner with 8-1 Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  He completed a second deployment to Afghanistan in October 2012.  Carter is currently stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington and is assigned to 7th Infantry Division.

His military decorations include: 
  Purple Heart
  Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters
  Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
  Army Good Conduct Medal
  Navy Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
  National Defense Service Medal
  Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars
  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  NCO Professional Development Ribbon w/Numeral 2
  Army Service Ribbon
  Oversea Service Ribbon
  NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge
  Expert Infantryman Badge and Air Assault Badge

Staff Sergeant Carter has also been credited with the following unit awards: Valorous Unit Award and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.