Texas – On April 2, 2014, a man opened fire at Fort Hood, killing 3 NCOs, and then himself because he was allegedly upset over not receiving the leave he wanted. But it was the actions of a soldier who stands just under 5 ft tall, that the US Army credits with saving lives that day. Sgt. Lori Singer-Bare was awarded the Soldier’s Medal on June 4, the same day as she graduated from Noncommissioned Officers Academy Advanced Leader Course.
According to the Army’s website, Sgt Singer-Bare was with the 178th Military Police Detachment, 89th Military Police Brigade, and working with the Traffic Management and Collision Investigation unit when Fort Hood went into heightened security mode. She received a call to respond to the scene.
“I started questioning two Soldiers in the area and was prepping to get them to a safer location, and saw someone out of the corner of my eye. So, I confronted him by saying ‘Hey, Soldier, you can’t go in there. We have a situation going on… He lifted his Army Combat Uniform jacket to show that he had a weapon and identified that he was the shooter. I got my weapon ready to go and then we engaged.”
Simultaneously, according to the Army account, they fired their weapons. She was able to strike him and take him down, then he completed the process by taking his own life.
She didn’t care that she was much smaller than the shooter, and she allowed her ‘active shooter’ training to kick in to remain calm in the situation.
She wasn’t sure how tall the suspect was, but she was able to think past the obvious size difference and take action. She may not have been able to exactly look at death “eye to eye,” but she displayed the kind of courage befitting a United States Military member.
The Soldier’s Medal
The Soldier’s Medal is awarded for heroism in situations not involving actual conflict with an enemy. It has been around since 1926. and ranks just above the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals in order of precedence. It is not often awarded.