In spite of the many high-risk encounters and combat injuries that Sgt. Nicholas DiMiceli endured in Iraq, the Menomonee Falls Army recruiter said he would not trade those experiences for anything. DiMiceli earned a Purple Heart and an Army Commendation Medal among other awards for his service with the 25th Infantry Division from October 2006 – November 2007.
As a result of his exemplary service in Iraq, DiMiceli was selected to participate in the 2011 All-American Bowl Soldier Heroes Program. He will be one of about 110 selected Soldier Heroes, and one of 51 Army recruiters, who will represent the pinnacle of the Army Values in the activities leading up to the All-American Bowl on Jan. 8, 2011, at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
DiMiceli said he looks forward to going to San Antonio and meeting with the All-Americans.
“It’s got to be one of the most rewarding experiences for them (players), they get to travel and to be selected on their own performance, it’s got to be a thrill,” DiMiceli said.
For more than 10 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Adrian Peterson, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, and Terrelle Pryor all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans.
Last year, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew more than 34,000 fans to the Alamodome, and was the most watched sporting event on television over the weekend, other than the NFL Playoffs. A record 37 U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumni were selected in the 2010 NFL Draft, including a record-tying eight in the first round.
As an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, DiMiceli will be recognized at the All-American Bowl and have the opportunity to share his story with the players.
DiMiceli was a team leader, radio telecommunications operator, and trainer of all digital communications equipment within his platoon. He participated in countless ground raids and patrols, and seven air assault raids.
Toward the end of his tour of duty, DiMiceli’s unit assisted in fortifying an Iraqi police department in a community south of Baghdad called Haswah. During that project the Iraqi army and DiMiceli’s unit discovered a terrorist cell operating out of a nearby mosque. Both worked together to capture the leader and dismantle the operations based out of that location. The next day the local community thanked the Soldiers for giving them back their freedom.
“I can say that from the amount of Iraqi citizens that thanked us for apprehending terrorists around their homes and having put schools back into operation, we made a difference,” DiMiceli said.
The U.S. Army Milwaukee Recruiting Battalion, a subordinate unit of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, recruits with integrity, quality young men and women into the Army and Army Reserve from the Upper Peninsula Michigan to Northwestern Illinois.
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