Silver Star recipient earns Executive MBA

Before enrolling at Thunderbird, Executive MBA student Scott Warren ’13 received a Silver Star for gallantry after he saved the lives of his special operations team during a suicide bomber attack in Iraq. Afterward, the U.S. Army assault team sergeant dug himself out of the rubble. Warren will graduate with his Thunderbird classmates on May 3, 2013, in a ceremony for 242 degree and certificate candidates from 11 programs.

Warren’s presidential citation describes his heroic conduct on Oct. 25, 2005: “On this date, Sergeant First Class Warren and his element conducted an assault against an enemy position. Upon entering the target building, he encountered multiple enemy fighters at close quarters. Realizing that one of them was initiating an explosive vest, rather than seek readily available cover for himself, he engaged the enemy from 5 feet away. Turning away from Sergeant First Class Warren’s accurate fire, the enemy fighter activated his explosive vest. The result of his turning away focused the explosive blast and ball bearing shrapnel away from the assault force into the other armed enemy fighters in the room and the load-bearing external walls of the building.” The Silver Star is the third-highest military decoration for valor that can be awarded to any person serving in any capacity with the U.S. Armed Forces.

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