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    Bronze Stars and Purple Hearts: A Look at the Next Army Enlisted Leader’s Combat Record

    Bronze Stars and Purple Hearts: A Look at the Next Army Enlisted Leader’s Combat Record

    Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Weimer is set to become the 's next top enlisted leader in August, replacing Michael Grinston, who is due to retire shortly after the handoff.

    Weimer brings a significant amount of combat experience to the position, some details of which are being publicly reported here for the first time, including details on multiple Purple Hearts and Bronze Stars for valor.

    He takes the role as the service transitions from two decades of the Global War on Terror to what would superficially appear to be peacetime, with Army planners having given themselves a self-imposed deadline to shift equipment and doctrine to be ready for large-scale conventional warfare by the 2030s.

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    The service's top enlisted leaders all have come from combat arms roles, mostly with infantry, cavalry or artillery backgrounds, and typically have thick combat resumes, going back to the service's first top enlisted leader, William Wooldridge. Wooldridge landed on French beaches on D-Day and was later awarded two Silver Stars, one for actions during the Battle of Aachen in and another during the Battle of the Bulge.

    Details of Weimer's awards come from their respective citations, which were reviewed by .com, though most contained limited specific information on operations.

    All awards were for actions…

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