STANDING OUT

Each year, the U.S. Army and its NHRA partners honor some of the most courageous U.S. Army Soldiers by inviting them to enjoy a special day at the racetrack at select motorsports events.

Chosen for their exceptional bravery and service, U.S. Army Racing Soldier Heroes get a true racing experience during their day at the track. Heroes watch the competition from the pit, meet U.S. Army Racing teams, and get special recognition for exhibiting strength like no other in service of their country.

MEET THE HEROES

"My experience as a Soldier Hero at Bristol Motor Speedway was awesome. I was treated with respect and everyone was very kind to me. Getting to tour the pits with the Army team was just phenomenal. They showed me all the inner workings of the car and how everything went during a pit stop. Getting to sit in the pit row and watch the race was just awesome - I had a front row seat to all the action. I'm thankful for the experience the Army gave me for my service to my country and I hope all Soldiers get a chance to live an experience like this one day."

SSG Kevin Manning
Purple Heart Recipient

"Being honored as a Soldier Hero at the Carolinas Nationals was one experience I will never forget. The day started out with lunch with Tony Schumacher, where I was introduced and was able to tell my Army story to him and his crew. After Tony won the race I was escorted to the finish line and was one of the first to tell him congratulations. I got to ride on the back of an Army truck down the drag strip with Tony, waving at the fans. Once we arrived at Victory Lane, Tony and I went to the main stage together where he was presented with his trophy. The day was great and I felt that my service was appreciated by all those involved with that special day. Tony Schumacher is a great guy and appreciates the men and women he represents in the U.S. Army."

SFC Michael Gainey
Bronze Star with Valor Device Recipient



SOLDIER - HONOR EVENT - LOCATION MOS
SSG Nicholas Farrell
Army Achievement Medals
Army Commendation Medals
Bronze Star
Circle K NHRA Winternationals
Pomona, CA
February 10-12
11B Infantryman
SFC Fernando Gonzales
Purple Heart
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Combat Action Badge
NHRA Arizona Nationals
Phoenix, AZ
February 24-26
19D Calvary Scout
SFC Ronald Bailey
Army Achievement Medal
Army Commendation Medals
Bronze Star
Combat Infantryman's Badge
Meritorious Service Medal
Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
Gainesville, FL
March 17-19
11B Infantryman
SSG Portia Taitano
Army Commendation Medal
Good Conduct Medal
Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon
Overseas Ribbon
DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals
Las Vegas, NV
March 31 - April 2
92M Mortuary Affairs Specialist
SFC Lizmarie Davila
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Gold Badge (Recruiting)
SLC-Commandants List
NHRA Spring Nationals
Baytown, TX
April 21-23
79R Recruiter
SSG James Day
Combat Infantryman's Badge
Senior Parachutist Badge
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Lithuanian Parachutist Badge
NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Concord, NC
April 28-30
11B Infantryman
SFC Jermaine Plummer
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Army Good Conduct Medal
Presidential Unit Citation
Meritorious Unit Citation
NHRA Southern Nationals
Commerce, GA
May 5-7
92F Petroleum Supply Specialist
SFC John Scully
Combat Infantry Badge
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Award
Iraqi Campaign Medal
Wheeled Drivers Badge
Expert Weapons Qualification
NHRA Heartland Nationals
Topeka, KS
May 19-21
11B Infantryman
SFC Jacob Brock
Purple Heart
Bronze Star
Combat Action Badge
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Award
NHRA New England Nationals
Epping, NH
June 2-4
12B Combat Engineer
SSG Juan Nieves
Bronze Star Medal
ARCOM
Army Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Army Good Conduct Medal
NHRA Summer Nationals
Englishtown, NJ
June 8-11
25U Signal Support Systems Specialist
SFC James Jewell
Bronze Star Medal
Combat Action Badge
Air Assult Badge
Arcom with 5 Oak Leaf Cluster
Army Achievement Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster
NHRA Thundar Valley Nationals
Bristol, TN
June 16-18
13B Cannon Crewmember
SSG Chase Brown 
Purple Heart 
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal 
Combat Infantryman Badge
Expert Marksmanship Badge
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
Norwalk, OH
June 22-25
11B Infantryman
SSG Cameron Bornowski
Army Accommodation Medals
Army Achievement Medals
Joint Meritorious Unit Citation
Army Superior Unit Award
German Schutzenschnur (Silver)
NHRA Sonoma Nationals
Sonoma, CA
July 28-30
13P Fire Direction Specialist
SFC Michael Cowles
Bronze Star with Valor
Bronze Star
Army Commendation Medal 
Army Achievement Medal 
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
NHRA Northwest Nationals
Kent, WA
Aug 04-06
19D Cavalry Scout
SSG Robert Lee Rhinehart
Purple Hearts
Combat Action Badge
Army Accommodation Medals
Army Achievement Medals
Army Good Conduct Medals
Route 66 Nationals
Joliet, IL
July 7-9
88M Motor Transport Operator
SSG Brett Peronto
Purple Heart
ARCOM W/Valor
Army Combat Action Badge
ARCOM
AAM
Mile-High NHRA Nationals
Denver, CO
July 21-23
31B Military Police
SFC Jeremy Carlile
Bronze Star Medal
Army Commendation Medal 
Army Achievement Medal 
Combat Action Badge
Iraq Campaign Medal
NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals
Brainerd, MN
Aug 18-20
12K Plumber
SFC Kenneth Forbus
Bronze Star
Combat Infantryman Badge         
Basic Parachutist Badge
Air Assault Badge
NHRA Chevrolet Performance Nationals
Indianapolis, IN
Aug 30-Sept 4
11B Infantryman
SSG Joshua Hyatt
ARCOM
AAM
MOVSM
Recruiter Badge
Iraq Campaign Medal
NHRA Carolina Nationals
Concord, NC
Sept 15-17
19K M1 Armor Crewman
SFC David Hertzog Jr.
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal
ARCOM w/ Valor
Combat Action Badge
Parachutist Badge
Dodge NHRA Nationals
Reading, PA
Sept 21-24
91B Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic
SFC Paul Treves
Army Commendation Medal x4
Army Achievement Medal x5
Navy Achievement Medal
Valorous Unit AwardMeritorious Unit Commendation x2
 
NHRA Midwest Nationals
St. Louis, MO
Sept 29-Oct 1
91B Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic
SSG Robert Erazo
Army Commendation Medals
Army Achievement Medals
Army Good Conduct Medals
Overseas service ribbons
NATO medal
NHRA Fall Nationals
Ennis, TX
Oct 13-15
42A Human Resources Specialist
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