CENTERVILLE – For his efforts to protect U.S. interests overseas, Centerville native Paul Wiseman was recently presented the Grateful Nation Award from the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.
Wiseman, a master sargeant, was one of six to receive the award in a ceremony last month.
He was recognized for leading his detachment to help re-establish an embassy in Africa shortly after the fall of a dictator. His detachment also led missions to destroy munitions before they could fall into the hands of extremists, developed emergency evacuation plans and provided personal security for visiting leaders in sensitive areas, according to an article on the presentation by Roger Aronoff.
“We’re just really proud of him,” said his sister, Annie Norton of Bountiful. “It’s something he’s been doing since he was 18. It’s amazing the sacrifices he’s made.”
Wiseman, a 1999 graduate of Viewmont High, was pictured next to Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-SC), at the awards presentation. Graham was honored for his service in the Air Force, the Air Force Reserves and in the Air Force JAG School.
The ceremony was beautiful, according to his mother, Jane Wiseman. “To see him on the stage receiving this award for his brave actions was something I will never forget,” she said.
“Seeing my son become an elite soldier has been both extremely wonderful and extremely frightening,” she said. “The frightening part has been overcome by seeing my son and his fellow soldiers become warriors who are very willing to fight hard to protect our great country and other countries from terrorists and to protect our freedom and to free the oppressed.”
Honorees for the Grateful Nation Award, which was established in 2003, are chosen from each of the five branches of the U.S. military and the U.S. Special Operations Command. According to the JINSA website, it is presented annually to “six young heroes recognized for having distinguished themselves through superior conduct in the War on Terrorism.”
The Jinsa website recordsWiseman’s accomplishments this way: “Master Sgt. Wiseman’s skill and expertise in leading his detachment in a sensitive environment solidified the 1st Special Forces Group truth: Humans are more important than hardware.”