Randy Sellers  
Randy A. Sellers, 2013 Medalist
Nominated by: Carmelita Lucero and Corina Moran
Pocatello native, SSG Randy Alan Sellers joined the army in March of 2001. He completed Basic Training in June of 2001 and Combat Life Savers Course on September 11, 2001. Randy has since survived a total of five war zone deployments: two in Afghanistan (in support of Operation Enduring Freedom) and three in Iraq (in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom: OEF, OEF4 and OEF7). Prior to deployment of his unit to Afghanistan in 2010, Randy discovered his company would not be issued the newest camouflage uniforms the Army had determined to be appropriate for that terrain, something he likened to “wearing hunter orange in Afghanistan.” Soldiers who could afford the gear were purchasing it on their own, but Randy told his troops that neither he nor they would wear the new uniforms until they all had them. Randy selflessly provided for his men by eliciting help from his hometown and donating a month’s pay to help obtain the new gear.

Randy is a graduate of Air Assault School, Warriors Leaders Course, Combat Life Savers Course, Army Basic Instructors Course and Heavy Weapons Course. His achievements include the Bronze Star and Bronze Star with Valor; Army Accommodation Medal (5); and the Army Achievement Medal; among numerous other awards and recognition. He is currently stationed at Fort Benning in Phenix City, Alabama, where he serves as a combat and munitions instructor.

Always humble, Staff Sergeant, Randy Sellers, recalls that early in his career he had been advised to be a quite professional and not get too full of himself. He stated, “If you know you’re doing a good job you don’t need someone to tell you you’re doing a good job. You don’t have to get a medal. Just coming home with my friends and team would suffice.” Nevertheless, Randy’s has shown an unbelievable dedication and sense of honor to his country and to those young men who have served in his command, which has seen him through five war zone deployments. Prior to deployment of his unit to Afghanistan in 2010, Randy discovered his company would not be issued the newest camouflage uniforms the Army had determined to be appropriate for that terrain, something he likened to “wearing hunter orange in Afghanistan.”

Soldiers who could afford the gear were purchasing it on their own, but Randy told his troops that neither he nor they would wear the new uniforms until they all had them. Randy selflessly provided for his men by eliciting help from his hometown and donating a month’s pay to help obtain the new gear. Emily Fisher and Jerry Fisher wrote in their nomination letter: “While he may not have donated large sums to worthy causes in the State, Randy Sellers has given most generously with what he does have – integrity, honor, bravery, valor and a dedication to protect and defend the freedoms of his hometown, state and country.”