He is a courageous individual, and we thought he deserved a mention on the blog. Recently, President Donald Trump (#15 FCIL) awarded the nation’s highest military honor to an Iraq veteran “who cleared an insurgent strongpoint and allowed members of his platoon to move to safety.” His name is Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, and he was awarded the Medal of Honor for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity” during his time in the US Army serving in the Iraq War.
Bellavia, a #13 FCIR, was in charge of a squad in support of Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah in November of 2004. Bellavia helped his platoon escape fire, and after leading them to safety, he entered a house and killed at least four insurgents who were firing rocket-propelled grenades.
In honoring Bellavia at the White House on Tuesday, President Trump stated, “Knowing that he would face almost certain death, David decided to go back inside the house and make sure that not a single terrorist escaped alive. Alone in the dark, David killed four insurgents and seriously wounded the fifth, saving his soldiers and facing down the enemies of civilization.”
Always self-effacing, Bellavia said it was “very uncomfortable and awkward” to receive the Medal, but accepted the honor in order to represent all Iraq war veterans. “When you go to basic training, you clean your weapons and you read the citations of these recipients and it’s like they’re superheroes,” Bellavia said. “They’re not real. … I can’t get my head around it. I still can’t.”
To be sure, #13 FCIRs can be brilliant strategists, commonly willing to take great risks and exerting Front brain (high) energy to accomplish their goals or missions. On the battlefield, these inherent traits are invaluable. They are quick-thinkers, fast-responders, and capable of becoming incredibly adept assassins (if need be), willing to change their strategies at a moment’s notice (Right brain) in order to outwit the enemy (masters of oneupmanship!). We know many #13s who have served and are currently serving in the military. How each Brain Type responds and behaves on the battlefield would be a fascinating study indeed (especially those BTs geared more strongly in the “flight” region of the brain, rather than the “fight”).
David Bellavia risked his life for his country and his countrymen, and we thank him for his others-centered sacrifice, a rare attribute in today’s society.
Written by: Staff
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