1SG (Ret.) Matt Eversmann Talks Courage, Duty, and Selfless Service

On Friday, October 25, the Malvern community welcomed decorated soldier and distinguished speaker 1SG (Ret.) Matt Eversmann to campus to talk to the student body about his Special Forces experience overseas.
During his talk, Eversmann showed clips from Black Hawk Down, the movie that portrayed his Special Forces unit during their time in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993. He then shared how his fellow infantrymen demonstrated selfless service, courage, and duty in that situation, and how the boys can practice those values throughout their lives.

“When you are taking part in selfless service, you are putting the needs of others first. It’s not about you, it’s about the team and the mission,” he shared. “Courage is doing what you have to do, even if you’re scared. It’s alright to be scared, but you have to do your job. And finally, duty. You need to fulfill your obligations and tell your brothers, ‘I will not let you fail’.”

Eversmann enlisted in the Army as an infantryman in December 1987 and was stationed at Fort Drum, NY with the 10th Mountain Division. In 1992, he reenlisted and was stationed in Fort Benning, GA in the Third Battalion, Seventy-Fifth Ranger Regiment. For his service in Mogadishu, Somalia, Eversmann was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor device and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Learn more about Matt.