Congressman Lamborn Presents Purple Heart, Honors Army First Sergeant (Retired) Reginald Barrett at During Ceremony at Ft. Carson

August 19, 2021
Press Release

Colorado Springs, CO- Monday, during a ceremony at Fort Carson, Congressman Doug Lamborn awarded the Purple Heart (retroactively) to Army First Sergeant (Retired) Reginald Barrett, a combat veteran who fought with the 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery, First Striker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom. On December 14, 2005, 1SG Barrett’s convoy was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), he sustained multiple serious injuries. 1SG Barrett deployed two more times after being injured, in 2008 and again in 2010, before retiring after 27 years in the U.S. Army in 2017.

"On behalf of the people of Colorado’s Fifth Congressional District, is an honor to present this significant award to Army First Sergeant (Retired) Reginald Barrett," said Congressman Doug Lamborn. "There are not enough awards or accolades to show how truly grateful we are for the sacrifice he made for our country during Operation Iraqi Freedom. It is because of our brave men and women in uniform that we enjoy the vast and unprecedented freedoms, endowed by our creator, and guaranteed by our constitution.  This Purple Heart is long overdue, but I am glad to see 1SG Barrett is finally receiving the honor and recognition he deserves."

"It is an honor to receive this award, and I accept it in remembrance of the sacrifices my fellow solider, sailors, airmen, and marines have made to protect and defend our nation," said First Sergeant (Retired) Reginald Barrett. "On the day our convoy was struck, we were boots on the ground for Iraq's first election, helping to secure freedom and democracy. America is a nation worth safeguarding, and I was willing to lay down my life that day to defend her. I thank Congressman Lamborn and his staff for their perseverance in helping me get this award and for his dedication to veterans in our community."

"It is a special occasion when we can recognize a deserving member of our 4th Infantry Division and Army family for courage and commitment to his country," said Major General Matthew McFarlane, Commanding General, 4th Infantry Division. "First Sergeant (Retired) Reginald Barrett's legacy is an example for generations of patriots to follow and he should be proud of his service to this nation."

The Purple Heart Medal was established by General George Washington at Newburgh, New York, in 1782, during the Revolutionary War. Gen. Washington intended the award to be permanent, but it was only presented to a few soldiers who served during the Revolutionary War. The Purple Heart medal was later implemented in its current form in 1932 on President Washington’s 200th Birthday by Army General Douglas MacArthur and officially developed into today’s version by 1944. The Purple Heart is presented to service members of the U.S. armed forces who have been wounded or killed as a direct result of enemy action and is the oldest badge still awarded to the U.S. military today.

Congressman Lamborn and his staff worked with the Army Board for Corrections of Military Records to ensure Army First Sergeant (Retired) Reginald Barrett received proper recognition for actions in combat during his military service.


Congressman Doug Lamborn, Gold Star Spouse Kait Brazel and family, First Sergeant (Retired) and Purple Heart Recipient Reginald Barrett, and Angel's of American Fallen co-founders- Joe and Shelli Lewis. 

Contact: Cassandra Sebastian (719) 520-0055