The Armed Services YMCA will host its 12th annual Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala, honoring courageous military medics, corpsmen and pararescuemen on Oct. 2, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia. Each year, the ASYMCA works with the military services to select one ‘Angel of the Battlefield’ honoree from each military branch. The Angels of the Battlefield are awarded for administering lifesaving medical treatment and trauma care on the battlefield.
Leland Vittert, Fox News National Correspondent will return to serve as this year’s Master of Ceremonies. United States Air Force General Paul Selva, the nation’s second highest ranking military officer will serve as the keynote speaker. All five service members will accept their awards at the 12th annual Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala. The 2018 Angels of the Battlefield include:
- Sergeant First Class Darius Smith (Army), whose heroic actions during combat operations in Iraq saved the life of his fellow solider and contributed to the success of the command's mission.
- Chief Jaclyn Place (Navy), whose prompt response, composed leadership and emergency care saved the lives of domestic abuse victims.
- Hospital Corpsman First Class Aaron Joseph Herman (Navy), who demonstrated exemplary medical abilities and competent demeanor while saving lives during a mass casualty situation.
- Airman First Class Linda Wilson (Air Force), who provided life-saving trauma intervention to multiple gunshot victims during the most deadly mass casualty incident in modern American history.
- Aviation Survival Technician Third Class Richard C. Hoefle (Coast Guard), who was responsible for saving the life of a critically injured mariner while serving as the duty rescue swimmer onboard a Coast Guard helicopter.
“These inspiring stories prove just how much service members sacrifice both on and off the battlefield,” said William French Armed Services YMCA President & CEO. “We’re proud to recognize such a dynamic group of soldiers as we continue the work of supporting and serving military members and their families.”
The 2018 Angel of Honor recipient is Robert Irvine, celebrity chef and fitness inspiration. Irvine will be awarded for his many years of support to the military.
Angels is the only event which recognizes the frontline actions of military medical personnel. Historically, this unique event brings together approximately 500 leaders from entertainment, government, military and private sector to recognize the dedication and bravery of our medics, corpsmen and pararescuemen. The 2018 Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala is made possible by USAA, Military Times and other partners. Sponsorships for the evening are still available.
The Armed Services YMCA is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves active duty military members and their families. In 2017, we registered more than 250,000 participants and delivered more than 1.3 million points of services to junior enlisted soldiers, marines, sailors, airmen, coast guardsmen and their families at 200 service centers in 18 states. Whether providing respite child care for parents in need, summer camps for kids, or assisting with emergency needs, the Armed Services YMCA is a nonprofit with a mission: Strengthening Our Military Family. Visit our website to see how you can join us in supporting military families.