Andrew N. Bennett
Dear friends! We present you a history of Andrew N. Bennet, who was awarded a “Battle Brotherhood” prize in Los Angeles on November 1, year 2015.
Project “Battle Brotherhood” Award was initiated, and claims to be an annual celebration. As planned by organizers, idea of of the prize should be an analog of “Nobel Peace Prize” and will be awarded not only to military or politician persons, but also to the people of peaceful professions: doctors, rescue workers, firefighters. The main criteria for selection of candidates will be – outstanding, noble, heroic act, which was honored or undervalued by society.
Staff Sargeant (SSG) Andrew N. Bennett
United States Army (Retired)
SSG Bennett was born on November 17, 1982. He is a native of Winfield Alabama and graduated from Carbon Hill High School in 2001. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the United States Army on July 31st, 2001 as a horizontal construction engineer (heavy equipment operator).
His basic and advanced individual training was conducted in Fort Leonardwood, Missouri. After completing training, SSG Bennett was assigned to the 38th Engineer Company in Hanau, Germany. While assigned to the 38th, SSG Bennett deployed to Iraq from March 18th to November 18th 2003. During his deployment, SSG Bennett conducted bridge building operations throughout the country. Upon returning, he was reassigned to the 502nd Engineer Company in Hanau. On September 11, 2004, he was deployed to Iraq for a second time until September 12, 2005. During that time, he conducted bridge building and tear down operations and built force protection measures for forward operating bases, logistical support areas, and other coalition support areas. In April 2006, he was reassigned to the 46th Engineer Battalion in Fort Rucker, Alabama. From April 22 – October 11 2006, SSG Bennett was deployed to Iraq for the third time. During this deployment, he conducted force protection measures, heavy convoy hauls, and equipment operation. SSG Bennett’s final deployment was from June 5, 2008 to August 3, 2009 where he provided security for Quality Assurance / Quality Control personnel who were rebuilding public structures and schools throughout Sadr City. He also served as the Operations NCO for a task force responsible for providing civilian contractors and funding for rebuilding. Shortly after returning, SSG Bennett was transferred to Fort Leonardwood to serve as an instructor for the Engineer Advanced Individual Training. He was medically retired on March 11, 2013 due to back problems attributed to his 4 combat deployments and PTSD. His awards include, but are not limited to: 3 Army Commendation Medals, 3 Army Achievement Medals, 3 Army Good Conduct Medals, the Iraq Campaign Medal with 4 stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global war on Terrorism Service Medal, 4 Overseas Service Medals, and the Combat Action Badge.
SSG Bennett currently resides in Brandon Florida,a Tampa suburb. He lives with his Army Veteran wife, Jennifer, and their 8 year old daughter, Jocelyn. He is a stay-at-home dad while his wife pursues her nursing degree. In his free time, SSG Bennett volunteers at his local animal shelter and is a Peewee football coach. He also participates on a softball team with other disabled Veterans which is sponsored by VetSports, a non-profit organization aimed at providing athletic opportunities for disabled veterans.