Medal of Honor recipient speaks with Virginia Tech cadets

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) -- Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Clinton L. Romesha visited Virginia Tech's Cadets today.

Romesha is a former U.S. Army staff sergeant that received the Medal of Honor in 2009.

The medal was given for his actions during a deadly attack on Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan.

He was only 18 at the time.

Romesha spoke at the Blacksburg campus to cadets about the power ordinary people have for extraordinary bravery.

“We are extremely lucky to have the opportunity to hear from a true American hero and Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Romesha. His actions on Oct. 3, 2009, are nothing short of extraordinary,” said Cadet Daniel Steiner, a senior in Army ROTC.

“He is a living example of the Warrior Ethos and embodies some of the characteristics that we at Virginia Tech hold dearly,” Steiner said. “One of the things that makes our Army and our military so great is that we foster an environment that, when in the absence of orders, our lowest levels of leadership are empowered to exercise disciplined initiative. Staff Sgt. Romesha went above and beyond his duty and was willing to sacrifice his own life for his brothers in arms. He is the definition of our school motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve.)"

In 2013, he was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama. That same year, he was inducted into the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes.