1.LTC Adrian Erckenbrack was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for bravery on 4 October 2001 in the Pentagon while serving as the US Special Operations Command Legislative liaison to Capitol Hill.
2.The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Soldier's Medal, the United States military highest award for heroism in non-combat, to Lieutenant Colonel Adrian A. Erckenbrack, United States Army, for actions above and beyond the call of duty on 11 September 2001, after terrorists crashed a hijacked airliner into the Pentagon. Upon impact there was a thunderous explosion and a horrific fire near Lieutenant Colonel Erckenbrack's place of duty. Without regard for his own safety, he overcame the initial shock and chaos, and aided in the rescue effort. He continued to risk his safety on numerous occasions by rendering assistance to the injured, burning and dying personnel located near thousands of gallons of jet fuel often passing through intense fires and smoke to rescue personnel. His unyielding devotion to his fellow soldiers and civilians undoubtedly saved lives and showed America's resolve to overcome this act of international terrorism. Lieutenant Colonel Erckenbrack's heroic acts are a testament of his bravery and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.
3.LTC Adrian Erckenbrack was born in Glendale, AZ in 1961 and among 4 children of Allen and Genevieve Erckenbrack. Allen Erckenbrack had also served 26 years in the Army and served in the Korea and Vietnam wars. LTC Adrian Erckenbrack graduated from Yelm, High School in 1980 and went on to receive his undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry from Eastern Washington University in 1984. He graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate and was commissioned as a Regular Army 2nd Lieutenant with a follow on assignment to Berlin, Germany, 5th Battalion, 502nd Infantry. Following this assignment LT Erckenbrack was selected to attend one of the first Special Forces Assessment and Selection courses and to attend the US Army Special Forces officer Qualification Course. Following Airborne school at Ft Benning, GA, French language school at Ft Bragg, NC and other training he was assigned to Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 542, at 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Ft Campbell, KY. While at 5th SFG (A) he deployed on his first combat tour to Desert Shield and Desert Storm followed by other units assignments in combat including Operation Deliberate Force (Bosnia), Operation Allied Force (Kosovo), Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) and Operation Enduring Freedom. During his career LTC Erckenbrack also deployed in support of US security objectives to a number of other countries such as Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Colombia and others. Near the end of his career LTC Erckenbrack was selected as an Army Congressional Fellow and worked in Senator Joseph Lieberman’s (D/CT) office on legislation to form the Department of Homeland Security. He also served on the Army, Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of Defense staff in various positions. Upon retiring from the US Army in 2004, he was selected to serve as Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s (R/TX) Military Legislative Affairs officer, where he worked as the Senator’s focal point for all US federal appropriations for US military, Foreign Affairs, Veterans Affairs and military construction. Following service on Capitol Hill, LTC (Ret) Erckenbrack founded and ran his own company Defense Technology Solutions, which operated domestically and internationally for ten years before he retired in 2014.