2013 Recipient – Sergeant Logan Black

2013 – Logan Black – Army, Sergeant (2004-2007) – Iraq War

Read Logan Black’s acceptance speech

Logan Black enlisted in the United States Army in 2004, serving honorably until discharged in 2007.  During his service Sergeant Black received both the Army and Navy Achievement Medals, Combat Action and Parachutist Badges, the Iraq Campaign Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Sergeant Black completed a tour of duty in Iraq as a Combat Engineer, where he worked with Diego, a bomb sniffing yellow Labrador retriever who sought out improvised explosive devices.  As a team, they saved many lives by enabling the deactivation and disposal of IEDs in the course of over 40 missions.  Logan and Diego were also responsible for locating weapons caches buried in the desert, as well as detecting automatic weapons and grenade launchers hidden in the homes of insurgents.

When Logan ended his active service, they were separated.  Since that time, Logan and Diego have been reunited with the assistance of Missouri’s U.S. Senators, Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill.  They now live in Kansas City, as Logan pursues his studies at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and his acting career.