President Trump awards American hero, Gen. Jack Keane, the Medal of Freedom
The Medal of Freedom is reserved for individuals who have made outsized contributions to our society—or, in some cases, to our national security. Yesterday, President Trump bestowed that honor upon retired 4-star General Jack Keane.
“It is my great privilege to present our nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to a courageous warrior and fearless patriot,” the President said from the East Room of the White House.
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Gen. Keane’s storied military career began in Vietnam, where he joined the legendary 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, also called the “Screaming Eagles.” He showed unflinching courage and exceptional valor early on, earning him a Silver Star.
The next stage in Gen. Keane’s service was helping to rebuild American military might. Thanks to his state-of-the-art training program, our country was ready when duty called.
When America was attacked on September 11, 2001, Keane was serving as Vice Chief of Staff for the Army—and sitting in his Pentagon office when terrorists struck the building. Running through smoke and debris, he helped evacuate the injured, saving numerous lives in the process.
In the years since, Gen. Keane has continued to make America’s national security interests his top priority, offering counsel and guiding the next generation of defense leaders. President Trump called him a visionary, a brilliant strategist, and an American hero.
“I have to say,” the President noted, that Keane “has given me a lot of good advice, too.”
🇺🇸 WATCH: President Trump present the Medal of Freedom to Gen. Keane