You may remember Marine 1st Sgt. Brad Kasal from the May 2005 TAS article entitled, “Forty Minutes in Fallujah.” Kasal, who with a few of his men charged into a house in Fallujah to rescue other Marines who were pinned down, gun-fought the insurgents for almost an hour and received several wounds while saving the lives of those other Marines.
I’d speculated that Kasal’s bravery wouldn’t go unnoticed, and it hasn’t. According to this LA Times Report, Brad Kasal has been promoted to Sergeant Major and awarded the Navy Cross, which is the next-highest award to the Medal of Honor in recognition of valor in combat.
Kasal has been assigned to recruitment duty in his native Iowa. He’ll be an inspiration to all the young folks who come into his office, and in all the schools he’ll visit. Congratulations, Sergeant Major. You’re an inspiration to us all.