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Major Vincent Enriquez '99 Speaks at Veterans Day Ceremony

IMSA Class of 1999 graduate, Afghanistan veteran, Army Ranger, and Special Forces “Green Beret” Major Vincent Enriquez was the guest speaker at IMSA’s Veterans Day Program on November 11, 2013. He spoke to the Academy's students, faculty, and staff about Veterans Day, and the significance of this holiday in relation to his experience in the military.

Major Vincent Enriquez graduated from IMSA in 1999. He deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2005, where he oversaw explosive ordnance disposal and the construction and security of a road project through Taliban-controlled territory in Zabol Province.

Enriquez graduated the US Army Special Forces Qualification Course in 2009 and was re-commissioned a Special Forces “Green Beret” Officer. He also graduated from Army Ranger School, Sapper School, Air Assault School, Airborne, and Jumpmaster Schools. He was selected as a Downing Scholar for the Army and is currently attending Harvard University where he will earn a Masters of Public Administration. After his studies, he will return to command a Special Forces company. 

Major Enriquez's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Humanitarian Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Sapper Tab, Ranger Tab, and Special Forces Tab. His foreign awards include the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold), and Australian, Korean, and Thai Airborne Wings.