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Medal of Honor Award Process Review: U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officer Nominee (Redacted)

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Department of Defense Inspector General Alexandria United States

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We initiated this review in response to a request from the Honorable Robert O. Work, Deputy Secretary of Defense, to the Inspector General IG, DoD, to review the circumstances surrounding the recommendation to award the Medal of Honor MOH to a U.S. Army Noncommissioned Officer referred to hereafter as the nominee for his valorous actions in combat while deployed to Afghanistan in 2013. On May 19, 2015, and then again on July 13, 2015, Representative Duncan Hunter R-CA requested that the DoD explain why the Honorable John M. McHugh, Secretary ofthe Army, downgraded the nominees MOH award recommendation to the Silver Star SS. In a memorandum dated September 2, 2015, Deputy Secretary Work specifically requested that the DoD Office of the Inspector General OIG determine whether the nominees award process deviated from the established valor award process.

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