Disabled soldier receives high honors

FORT BENNING, GA - Officer Candidate Peter Sprenger, 26, who lost an eye Dec. 9, 2003, in Iraq, graduated from Officers Candidate School Thursday at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center.

Sprenger was injured 10 months into his deployment during the invasion of Iraq. He was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY.

The Stockton, Calif., native completed Ranger School after recovering from his injury and deployed again to Iraq in 2006.

Officer candidates with disabilities are not identified through a formal process and must meet the same standards as all soldiers who attend OCS, said George Whitley, public affairs spokesperson at the U.S. Army Cadet Command, Fort Monroe, VA.

Maj. Barrett A. McNabb, B Company, 3rd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment commander, said Sprenger is the first soldier who has come through B Company that he is aware of who was disabled in some way and not just the recipient of a Purple Heart.

Source: Fort Benning Office of Public Affairs