Armed Services YMCA honors Angels of the Battlefield for heroism

Armed Services YMCA honors Angels of the Battlefield for heroism


Angels of the Battlefield 2016

By Sharon Stockard

Five service members — one from each branch of the military — were recently honored for heroism on the battlefield at the Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala. The Armed Services YMCA signature event honors medics, corpsmen and pararescuemen who administer life-saving medical treatment and trauma care during combat.

Recognized for their compassion while risking their own lives to help our nation’s wounded heroes make it home to their families and communities, the 2016 recipients are:

  • SFC Daniel Lopez-Bonaglia, USA, Office of the Surgeon General, Falls Church, Virginia. His hometown is Brookline, New Hampshire. 
  • PO2 Nicholas P. Otazo, USN, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Twentynine Palms, California. His hometown is Lilburn, Georgia.
  • SN Elgie O. McCoy Jr., USN, Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. His hometown is East Brunswick, New Jersey.
  • TSgt Cody C. Inman, USAF, Pararescuemen, 212th Rescue Squadron, 176thOperations Group, 176th Wing, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. His hometown is Eagle River, Alaska.
  • HS2 Ryan Ransom, USCG, Health Services Technician, Coast Guard Air Station Sitka, Sitka, Alaska. His hometown is Wasilla, Alaska.

Angels of the Battlefield is the only event that recognizes the front-line actions of military medical personnel.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the keynote speaker, at the 10th Annual Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala on Nov. 4. Dunford said this year’s recipients represent thousands of medical professionals across the services who place themselves in danger to protect and care for others in the battlefield.

Each year, the Armed Services YMCA works with the military services to select medics, corpsmen and pararescuemen from each branch. The honorees receive awards on behalf of their fellow medical professionals for their dedication and commitment to the mission.

This year’s gala also featured the first YMCA Angel of Honor Award, which was awarded to singer-songwriter Lee Greenwood. The Angel of Honor Award is the highest award the Armed Services YMCA can confer and is presented to a person or organization demonstrating distinguished and extraordinary advancement of the Armed Services YMCA mission. 

Greenwood was selected for his many years of support to the military family. Greenwood started working for the USO when he was 14. His father and stepfather both served in the military. He went on to perform in 30 USO tours, playing for the troops from Germany, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and many others.

He has performed “God Bless the U.S.A.” every Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Fourth of July for the past 30 years. He also has received the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s National Patriots Award and serves as the ambassador for the Disabled American Veterans. Greenwood embodies the Angel of Honor Award.

MARCOA Media was the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala. MARCOA Media is the Armed Services YMCA’s premier publishing partner, producing relocation guides for military installations across the country. No other publisher understands the military mission, the members and their families better. For 50 years, MARCOA Media has led the way providing useful printed material for service members. It is now the world’s leader in providing digital information through its website. MARCOA Media’s dedication and commitment to our men and women in uniform and their families is second to none.


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