Major Friedman has served four combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terrorism. His personal decorations include three Bronze Stars (one with Valor), a Meritorious Service Medal, three Commendation Medals, three Achievement Medals and the Air Force Combat Action Medal. He is a sought after speaker with expertise in War and Leadership as well as Spiritual Development and Spiritual Formation. He is an emerging leader spearheading a movement to bring hope and healing to men, women and families dealing with the scars of war.
In April 2010, Major (then Captain) Friedman, under the direct leadership of four-star General Stanley McChrystal, deployed as the lead Joint Terminal Attack Controller to the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan. This region was dubbed the “Valley of Death” as 44 US servicemen died there and hundreds were wounded. Captain Friedman was tasked with defending US forces during the closure of the Korengal Combat Outpost. While under direct and indirect hostile fire, he engaged multiple Taliban fighters with close air support which resulted in killing and wounding over 40 enemy and destroying several fighting positions– to include the famous Restrepo during final extraction.
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