Army Ranger SFC Cory Remsburg

Sergeant First Class Cory Jacob Remsburg was born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He enlisted in the Army right after high school and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in Savannah, GA in 2002.

SFC Remsburg was on his tenth combat rotation when he and his squad were conducting a combat operation involving multiple enemy contacts on October 1, 2009. His squad was responsible for killing nine enemy combatants and destroyed a large weapons cache. During the operation, SFC Remsburg was very seriously wounded by an improvised explosive device.

On Nov 12, 2009, SFC Remsburg was transferred to the James Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Florida. Since the initial injury, and over 3 months in a coma, SFC Remsburg started to emerge into consciousness. Cory returned home to Phoenix, Arizona to start his recovery using the Phoenix VA Center programs.

Throughout the past 7 years, and several dozens of surgeries, SFC Remsburg is making remarkable progress, participating in local, state, national and international events, inspiring others to ‘keep pushing on’ when challenged by personal events. SFC Remsburg’s courageous fight towards his recovery has always been noteworthy within the military, his family and the community.

Today, SFC Remsburg is a recipient of a mortgage free home from Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund, and Jared Allen Homes for Wounded Warriors. He moved into his new home in April 2015, which has ADA compliant requirements, a workout gym room, therapy pool and Jacuzzi and additional special features.

SFC Remsburg’s military education includes the Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic Refresher Course, Basic Airborne Course, Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, U.S. Army Ranger Course, Warrior Leader Course, Military Free Fall Parachutist Course, Jumpmaster Course, Combatives Level 1 and the Advanced Leader Course.

His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

He has also been awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal for valor, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal with three oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 combat stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with 7 combat stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-commissioned officer professional development ribbon with one oak leaf cluster, Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster.

- Rangers Lead The Way!