About 350 entertainment, government, military and private sector leaders attended the gala to celebrate these heroes, including the evening’s keynote speaker, Adm. Charles W. Ray, Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. "What is the center of gravity of all of our military are these young people that we celebrate tonight," Ray said. "Few are more appreciated by commanders than those who provide medical care. They are ones that when you need them, time is of the essence. And they are the ones that bring support." Read more
The Armed Services YMCA is thrilled welcome back Robert Irvine, last year's Angel of Honor Award recipient. Irvine, known for his long-running Food Network shows “Dinner: Impossible" and "Restaurant: Impossible,” is taking over the kitchen at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City in Arlington, Va., on Oct. 29, influencing the menu for the gala with his team of military culinary specialists.
The Armed Services YMCA is excited to welcome country music icon Craig Morgan back to the Angels of the Battlefield Gala. Morgan, a veteran of the U.S. Army, will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 13th annual event Oct. 29 at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City in Arlington, Va.
The Armed Services YMCA is pleased to announce U.S. Coast Guard Health Services Technician 1st Class Ryan F. Ransom as one of the recipients of the 2019 Angels of the Battlefield Award. HS1 Ransom provided life-saving care to two men injured in an accident on another vessel.
The Armed Services YMCA is pleased to announce Staff Sgt. Juan Pablo Medina of the U.S. Air Force as a recipient of the 2019 Angels of the Battlefield Award. His work and actions contributed to the 99% survival rate for trauma and emergency patients at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in 2018.
The Armed Services YMCA is pleased to announce U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman First Class Alan P. Aaron a 2019 recipient of the Angels of the Battlefield Award. Aaron provided exemplary care and support Aug. 21, 2017, when the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker collided off the coast of Singapore
The Armed Services YMCA is pleased to announce HM1 Victor J. DeSantis of the U.S. Navy as the 2019 Angels of the Battlefield Award recipient for the Marine Corps. DeSantis' commendable medical abilities while deployed in support of Operation Pacific Eagle in the Philippines saved many lives.
The Armed Services YMCA is pleased to announce Sgt. 1st Class Gregory A. Waters of the U.S. Army as one of the 2019 Angels of the Battlefield Award recipients. Waters, who was awarded the Silver Star Medal, was officially upgraded and awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in June for actions in July 2008.
We are pleased to welcome Adm. Charles W. Ray, Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, as the keynote speaker for the 13th annual Armed Services YMCA Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala on Oct. 29.
Regrettably, Adm. Karl Schultz, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, will be unable to attend the Gala.
We are excited to announce that in honor of their years of dedicated service to military families, Bonnie Carroll, Founder and President, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors; and Mary Keller, CEO, Military Child Education Coalition, will be recognized as Angels of Honor this year.
Carroll and Keller will be honored at the Oct. 29, 2019, Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala.
The Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala acknowledges medics, corpsmen, and pararescuemen for their life-saving medical treatment and trauma care on the battlefield. The Armed Services YMCA works with the military services to select an honoree from each branch. These Angels of the Battlefield are compassionate men and women who risk everything and are often the reason why so many of our nation’s heroes wounded in battle have made it home to their families and communities.
The military community, along with individual and corporate supporters come together to honor military medics, corpsmen, and pararescuemen for their courageous and compassionate actions. The awards ceremony took place Oct. 2, 2018, in Arlington, Va. Angels is the only event which recognizes the front line actions of military medical personnel.
The 2018 gala featured the 2018 Angel of Honor Award recipient Robert Irvine.