Florent “Flo” Groberg, is passionate about improving the lives of veterans and helping others transition to a better life. Flo earned the Medal of Honor, the highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty, for his actions on August 8, 2012 in Afghanistan. Flo is the 19th recipient of the Medal of Honor after the Vietnam War, the first foreign-born recipient since the Vietnam War and the 10th living recipient. President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Groberg on November 12, 2015 at a ceremony at the White House.
As a result of his actions, Flo sustained the loss of 45 to 50 percent of his left calf muscle with significant nerve damage, a blown eardrum, and a mild traumatic brain injury. Flo spent his recovery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center from August 2012 through May 2015. He was medically retired from Company B Warriors, Warrior Transition Battalion, as a captain, July 23, 2015.
Flo was born in France and grew up in Chicago before his family settled in Potomac, Maryland. Upon graduating high school, Flo attended the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) and competed in varsity track and cross country. In May 2006, Flo graduated from UMD with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice.
Flo entered the Army in July 2008 and attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga. He received his commission as an infantry officer, Dec. 4, 2008. After completing Infantry Officer Basic Course, Mechanized Leaders Course, U.S. Army Airborne and U.S. Army Ranger Schools, he was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colo., as a platoon leader.
In November 2009, he deployed to Afghanistan as part of Task Force Lethal, with responsibility for the Pech River Valley in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. Upon returning home in June 2010, he continued serving as a platoon leader until he was reassigned as an infantry company executive officer from October 2010 to November 2011. He was then assigned as the brigade personal security detachment commander for 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. He deployed again to Kunar Province, Afghanistan, in February of 2012, with Task Force Mountain Warrior. He was promoted to captain in July 2012.
His passion makes him especially fit to speak about serving others and selfless sacrifice. Flo’s inspirational story resounds with any audience; students, veterans, businesspersons, athletes and people from all walks of like can take something away from his unique life experiences.