Captain Florent "Flo" Groberg
was born in the suburbs of Paris. In middle school he and his family moved to the United States, and Flo became a naturalized citizen in 2001. He joined the Army in 2008. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2009, and again in 2012. During his second tour, Flo was guarding a high-level U.S.-Afghan delegation and noticed someone suspicious: a local man stumbling towards his patrol. Flo tackled the man, who was wearing a suicide vest, before he could reach the patrol. Four people died in the explosion, but many were spared. Flo was badly wounded and spent the next three years in recovery. On November 12, 2015, Captain Groberg was given the nation's highest military award, the
Congressional Medal of Honor
- the first immigrant to be so recognized since the Vietnam War.
Captain Groberg's book,
8 Seconds of Courage
, tells the story from his childhood in France to his decision to enlist and the grueling training he underwent at U.S. Army Ranger school. It was a powerful sense of responsibility that compelled him to take his brave action to save lives, even at the risk of his own.
Other Confirmed Speakers:
is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, a columnist for
, and a law professor at Georgetown University. (
Eliot A. Cohen
is Robert E. Osgood professor at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). (
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Further announcements on National Conference speakers and other program details will be made in the coming weeks.