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First Sergeant Matt Eversmann distinguished for his military service visits Grand Rapids

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First Sergeant Matt Eversmann

Black Hawk Down Army Ranger honors veterans and continues commitment to educating next generation of leaders.

Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation have invited First Sergeant Matt Eversmann, a U.S. Army Veteran, for a public speaking engagement at Loosemore Auditorium. Eversmann is tackling the importance of leadership, followership and responsibility in an age of tribalism.

“The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps. will be very good to you if you let it. And you’ve got to give back. That’s the whole thing. You have to give back. And if it’s not in your D.N.A. now it will be and embrace that. That value of selfless services is so important.”

In October 1993, Eversmann was part of a special operations taskforce deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia to capture a warlord. A battle ensued that was told in the New York Times Best-selling book and movie Black Hawk Down. Eversmann received the Bronze Star. He’s recently co-authored the 2021 New York Times #1 Best Seller, Walk in My Combat Boots.