Established in 2006, the Armed Services YMCA hosts the only awards program of its kind – honoring military medics, corpsmen and pararescuemen – representing all six branches of the U.S. Armed Services and the Defense Health Agency.
Seven Angels are recognized and applauded for their selfless courage and unwavering sacrifice while saving lives on the front lines overseas or during emergency situations here at home. The ASYMCA also presents a special Angel of Honor award to an individual or organization demonstrating distinguished and extraordinary service or advancement of the mission.
17th Annual Armed Services YMCA
Angels of the Battlefield Gala
November 16, 2023
6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner Program
9:00 p.m. Dessert Reception
Crystal Gateway Marriott
The Angels of the Battlefield Award pays tribute to military medical personnel and first responders for their life-saving medical treatment and trauma care of service members, partner forces and civilians at home and abroad. The Armed Services YMCA works with the military services to select an honoree from each branch. These Angels of the Battlefield are courageous and compassionate men and women who risk everything and are often the reason many of our nation’s heroes wounded in battle or civilians in distress make it home to their families.
HM2 Brayden C. Benson, Representing United States Marine Corps, accompanied by VADM William French, USN, Ret.; LTG Gregg P. Olson, USMC; and LTG Dave Halverson, USA, Ret.Watch Marine Corps Presentation
SrA Jasmine Krapf, United States Air Force, accompanied by VADM William French, USN, Ret.; Maj Gen Sharon R. Bannister, USAF; and LTG Dave Halverson, USA, Ret.Watch Air Force Presentation
HS2 Christian Ortega-Santiago, United States Coast Guard, accompanied by VADM William French, USN, Ret.; RADM Dana Thomas, USCG; and LTG Dave Halverson, USA, Ret.Watch Coast Guard Presentation
Mr. James Jacobs, United States Defense Health Agency, accompanied by VADM William French, USN, Ret.; LTG Lieutenant General Ronald Place, DHA; and LTG Dave Halverson, USA, Ret.Watch DHA Presentation
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