Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Medal of Honor recipient visits AFA

Posted By on Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 4:32 PM

It's not every day you meet a Medal of Honor recipient, and it's rarer still to jump out of a plane with one.

But that's what a cadet at the Air Force Academy will get to do tomorrow when Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta performs a tandem jump with a member of the Academy’s Wings of Blue parachute team. Giunta also will receive an orientation flight in one of the Academy’s T-10B gliders, the academy says in a release.

Giunta's primary reason for stopping by is to speak at the academy's National Character & Leadership Symposium.

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Awarded the Medal of Honor on Nov. 16, 2010, by President Barack Obama, Staff Sgt. Giunta is the first living Medal of Honor recipient for service in Iraq or Afghanistan, and the only living recipient since the Vietnam War, according to the academy.

In 2007, then Specialist Salvatore A. Giunta distinguished himself by acts of gallantry at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a rifle team leader with Company B, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry Regiment, during combat operations against an armed enemy in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan on October 25, 2007.

The 18th annual National Character & Leadership Symposium takes place tomorrow through Friday. His wife, Mrs. Jennifer Giunta, will also speak at NCLS.

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