W-2 Army Special Forces Operator Nathan Smith joined after 9/11 to kill some bad guys like the amazing patriot he is. In July 2018, during a mission to take the capital of ISIS in Afghanistan, Smith got into a grenade fight with the enemy trying to overrun his unit, and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Several weeks later, after being medically cleared, Smith’s unit got stuck in another serious firefight that was known as the Iron Phalanx. As ISIS was closing in, Smith devised a plan to put the convoy’s MATV’s in an “L” shape formation to provide moving cover while they attempted to recover their fellow dead and wounded soldiers. Smith received a Bronze Star with Valor, an Army Commendation with Valor, a Purple Heart, and a second Bronze Star during his service. He was injured a third time on Sept. 10, 2018, just two days after being released from medical observation for a traumatic brain injury. Smith officially retired from the special operations forces in December 2018 on a medical retirement.
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