Chaplain awarded Soldier’s Medal for bravery
Fort Benning Public Affairs /
FORT BENNING, Ga. – While serving as the on-call chaplain Feb. 28, 2015, Chaplain (CPT) Matthew Christensen prevented the suicide of one Soldier and saved the life of another.
Chaplain Christensen selflessly responded to a situation where an intoxicated Soldier was armed with multiple knives and machetes creating a serious threat.
Christensen was eventually taken as one of his hostages, but when the Soldier grabbed an unarmed Soldier and put the machete to his neck, Christensen rushed the Soldier and disarmed him, eliminating the threat and saving the victims’ life.
As a result of his bravery, Christensen was awarded the Soldier’s Medal. The Soldier’s Medal is the highest military peactime award for bravery.