Ryan M. Pitts – Medal of Honor Recipient

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed by the President in the name of Congress on members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.

Members of all branches of the armed forces are eligible to receive the medal, and there are three versions; one for the Army, one for the Air Force, and one for the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The Medal of Honor is bestowed upon an individual by the passing of a Joint Resolution in the Congress; and is then personally presented to the recipient or, in the case of posthumous awards, to next of kin, by the President of the United States, on behalf of the Congress, representing and recognizing the gratitude of the American people as a whole.

Medal of Honor

On July 21, 2014, President Barack Obama will award Ryan M. Pitts, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.  Staff Sergeant Pitts will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a Forward Observer with 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during combat operations at Vehicle Patrol Base Kahler, in the vicinity of Wanat Village in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on July 13, 2008.

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

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July 21, 2014
President Barack Obama awards Ryan M. Pitts
the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry
White House

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing
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    President Obama and family return to the White House

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  2. CR says:

    Ryan M. Pitts – Medal of Honor Recipient

    July 14, 2014

    ADVISORY: President Obama to Award the Medal of Honor

    WASHINGTON – In the afternoon of July 21, 2014, President Barack Obama will award Ryan M. Pitts, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Staff Sergeant Pitts will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a Forward Observer with 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during combat operations at Vehicle Patrol Base Kahler, in the vicinity of Wanat Village in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on July 13, 2008.

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

    PERSONAL BACKGROUND:

    Staff Sergeant Pitts separated from the service on October 27, 2009 from Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He currently lives in Nashua, New Hampshire, where he works in business development for the computer software industry.

    Staff Sergeant Pitts enlisted in the Army in August 2003 as a Fire Support Specialist (13F), primarily responsible for the intelligence activities of the Army’s field artillery team. After completion of training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and follow-on parachutist training at the U.S. Army Airborne School, Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to Camp Ederle, Vicenza, Italy, as a radio operator with the 4th Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment and 173rd Airborne Brigade where he deployed to Afghanistan. His final assignment was with the 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment “The Rock”, 173rd Airborne Brigade as a Forward Observer which included a second combat tour to Afghanistan.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/14/advisory-president-obama-award-medal-honor

    • CR says:

      July 21, 2014

      The White House
      Office of the Press Secretary

      For Immediate Release July 21, 2014
      Remarks by the President at Presentation of the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts

      East Room

      3:11 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Welcome to the White House. Please be seated, please be seated.

      For our forces in Afghanistan, the battle of Wanat was one of the most fierce of this entire war. Forty-eight Americans, along with their Afghan partners, were manning their small base, deep in a valley when they were attacked by some 200 insurgents. And those insurgents seemed determined to overrun an even smaller post just outside the base — an elevated patch of boulders and sandbags defended by just nine American soldiers.

      Soon, under the relentless fire, all nine of those men were wounded or killed. Insurgents broke through the wire. And that little post was on the verge of falling, giving the enemy a perch from which to devastate the base below. Against that onslaught, one American held the line — Just 22 years old, nearly surrounded, bloodied but unbowed — the soldier we recognize today with our nation’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, Staff Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts.

      Now, I don’t want to embarrass Ryan, but the character he displayed that day was clearly forged early. I’m told that in kindergarten, when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, he drew a picture of a soldier. When he was in the 5th grade, his teacher sent home a note that described Ryan in words that would be familiar to all those who knew him today — Ryan, she wrote, is “a very special human being.”

      In Ryan Pitts you see the humility and the loyalty that define America’s men and women in uniform. Of this medal, he says, “It’s not mine alone. It belongs to everybody who was there that day because we did it together.”

      So I want to welcome those who were there that day — Ryan’s brothers in arms, and those who are going to be welcoming him into their ranks — the members of the Medal of Honor Society. We are very proud of them and we are honored by the presence of the families of our fallen heroes as well.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/21/remarks-president-presentation-medal-honor-staff-sergeant-ryan-pitts

  3. CR says:

    Sunday talk show tip sheet

    7/18/14 8:52 PM EDT By KENDALL BREITMAN – POLITICO

    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    • Secretary of State John Kerry
    • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • Secretary of State John Kerry
    • Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.)
    • Former U.S. Middle East Envoy Martin Indyk

    “This Week” on ABC
    • Secretary of State John Kerry
    • Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman, House Intelligence Committee
    • Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer
    • Ambassador Maen Areikat, chief representative, PLO delegation to the U.S.

    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    • Secretary of State John Kerry
    • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
    • Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
    • Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Secretary of State John Kerry
    • Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman, Senate Intelligence Committee
    • Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas), chairman, House Homeland Security Committee
    • NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Philip Breedlove

    “Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
    • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.), chairman, House Republican Study Committee

    “Al Punto” on Univision
    • Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas)
    • Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.)

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  8. CR says:

    What we learned from liberals at Netroots Nation

    7/20/14 6:58 AM EDT By KATIE GLUECK – POLITICO

    DETROIT — At a high-profile gathering of progressives this week, Hillary Clinton was tolerated, Barack Obama was pitied, and Elizabeth Warren was treated like a hero.

    The annual liberal confab known as Netroots Nation brought together around 3,000 activists converged for several days of campaign training, a protest or two, and speeches from Warren, Vice President Joe Biden and other Democrats.

    And while the 2014 election is just months away, many in this crowd were far more focused on the 2016 race for president, a contest they hope will allow for a showdown between the pro-business and populist strains of the Democratic Party.

    Here are six takeaways from the gathering in the Motor City:
    Warren will be a factor, even if she’s not on the ticket.
    Elizabeth Warren stole the show this week with her tough messages to Wall Street and Republicans. The Massachusetts senator insists she’s not running in 2016, but the conference made clear that progressives will hold midterm and presidential candidates to the populist standard she has set.

    A case in point: the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, an activist group that touts itself as being from the “Warren wing of the Democratic Party,” is seeking to organize in New Hampshire and Iowa,”to make sure every presidential candidate is asked whether they agree with Warren on key economic populist issues like expanding Social Security benefits, taking on Wall Street, and eliminating student loan debt,” spokeswoman Laura Friedenbach said.

    Activists here nearly all called Warren a “fighter” — a label she embraced in her speech Friday — and signaled they want other Democrats to get aggressive with banks, corporations and lobbyists to tackle income inequality. Warren has charged that the economic system is “rigged” in favor of the rich and powerful.

    Candidates hoping to harness this crowd’s enthusiasm will need to embrace that pugnacious stance toward big business, not just talk about creating more opportunities for the middle class. Attendees here see Wall Street as a deeply damaging force in American politics and they want the kind of retribution Warren promises.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/netroots-nation-2014-hillary-clinton-elizabeth-warren-109138.html?hp=t1

  9. CR says:

    July 20, 2014

    Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel

    President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke again this morning by phone, their second call in three days to discuss the situation in Gaza. The President discussed Israel’s ongoing military operation, reiterated the United States’ condemnation of attacks by Hamas against Israel, and reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend itself. The President also raised serious concern about the growing number of casualties, including increasing Palestinian civilian deaths in Gaza and the loss of Israeli soldiers.

    President Obama informed the Prime Minister that Secretary of State John Kerry will soon travel to Cairo to seek an immediate cessation of hostilities based on a return to the November 2012 ceasefire agreement. The President underscored that the United States will work closely with Israel and regional partners on implementing an immediate ceasefire, and stressed the need to protect civilians—in Gaza and in Israel.

  10. CR says:

    WH

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    President Obama Signs an Executive Order to Protect LGBT Employees from Workplace Discrimination

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    President Obama Participates in a Town Hall Focusing on the Importance of the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative
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    Press Briefing by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest

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    President Barack Obama awards Ryan M. Pitts, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry
    The White House

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    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      July 21, 2014

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

      10:00 AM ET
      President Obama Signs an Executive Order to Protect LGBT Employees from Workplace Discrimination
      The White House

      11:45 AM ET
      President Obama Participates in a Town Hall Focusing on the Importance of the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative
      Washington, DC

      11:45 AM ET
      Vice President Biden Speaks at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention
      St. Louis, Missouri

      1:00 PM ET
      Press Briefing by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest

      3:10 PM ET
      President Barack Obama awards Ryan M. Pitts, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry
      The White House

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      10:00 AM ET
      President Obama Signs an Executive Order to Protect LGBT Employees from Workplace Discrimination

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      Politico
      2014 Midterm Elections
      Panelists talked about expectations for the 2014 midterm elections and implications for the elections in 2016.

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      Alliance for Health Reform
      Health Insurance Provider Networks
      Panelists talked about provider networks, health care costs, and access to care under health plans sold through insurance marketplaces.

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      Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx spoke at a National Press Club luncheon about infrastructure spending.

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      Middle East Policy Council
      Middle East Policy
      Paul Pillar; Kenneth Pollack; Amin Tarzi
      Former government officials talked about President Obama’s foreign policy approach toward the Middle East

      3:10 PM ET
      President Barack Obama awards Ryan M. Pitts, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry
      The White House

      Department of Defense http://www.pentagonchannel.mil

      3:10 PM ET
      President Barack Obama awards Ryan M. Pitts, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry
      The White House

  11. CR says:

    11:45 AM ET
    Vice President Biden Speaks at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention
    St. Louis, Missouri

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

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