Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant Ty Michael Carter will speak at Saturday’s special volunteer session of the 3rd Annual Rural County Summit that will focus on community disaster and emergency response.
The summit will be held at the Florida Public Safety Institute on U.S. 90 across from East Gadsden High School beginning at 8 a.m. Church groups, civic clubs, volunteer fire departments, neighborhood associations, school groups, police auxiliaries, relief organizations and individuals are invited to attend and hear first hand how community responders dealt with disasters in West, Texas, Boulder, Colorado and Yarnell Hills, Arizona.
Sgt. Carter is the spokesperson for the Obama Administration on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He received the Medal of Honor from President Obama on August 26, 2013.
Following is a description of his heroism:
According to the detailed Official Narrative from the U.S. Army, more than 300 enemy fighters attacked Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan from surrounding high ground before 6 a.m. Under intense fire, Carter carried ammunition 100m across open ground from near his barracks to a Humvee at the south Battle Position, soon returning across the same distance to retrieve machine gun oil and more ammunition, and traverse that distance a third time to thus resupply the Battle Position. Though wounded within the first half hour of battle, Carter provided accurate fire under intense pressure to drive back enemy that had infiltrated the camp perimeter. He then crawled under continuing fire to another vehicle, and retrieved needed weapons and ammunition to bring back to the Battle Position.
Carter crossed 30m of open space to provide life-extending first aid to a wounded soldier, exposed to enemy fire, then carrying him back across the 30m to the Humvee. As the battle progressed, Carter ran toward the tactical operations center (TOC) to coordinate reconnaissance and to obtain medical care for the wounded soldier, but, encountering the body of a fallen sergeant, found and retrieved a radio and returned to the Humvee. Carter found a litter, and with a comrade carried the wounded soldier 100m across the original distance to an aid station; it was then about noon.
The battle extended through nightfall when reinforcements could safely land by helicopter, by which time almost two-thirds of the 53 Coalition soldiers had been killed or wounded.
Carter is currently stationed as a staff noncommissioned officer with the 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.