JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -

On August 26, 2013, President Barack Obama will award Staff Sergeant Ty M. Carter, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

Staff Sergeant Carter, who grew up in Spokane,  will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a cavalry scout during combat operations in Kamdesh District, Afghanistan on October 3, 2009.

Staff Sergeant Carter will be the fifth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.

Staff Sergeant Carter is currently stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.

The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty.

The conduct must involve great personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life.