Honor, courage, commitment
FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARHORSE, Iraq â€“ A U.S. Soldier re-enlisted in the Army just hours after being seriously wounded in an improvised explosive attack near Zaganiyah, Iraq, Nov. 13.
Spc. Christopher Hoyt, an infantryman with 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division from Fort Lewis, Wash., suffered severe lacerations to his legs and torso when an IED exploded near him while conducting a dismounted patrol. Two of his fellow Soldiers were killed in the attack.
Hoyt was rushed to the emergency room at Logistics Support Area Anaconda, where he decided to re-enlist for four more years in the Army.
â€œHe said he wasnâ€™t finished,â€ said Hoytâ€™s battalion commander Lt. Col. Mark Landes, who re-enlisted the Soldier. â€œHe said, â€˜I still have a job to do.â€™ Iâ€™ve never seen the like.â€