Amputee paratrooper earns infantry badge
Posted September 13, 2013
Fort Bragg, N.C. — A Fort Bragg paratrooper who lost a leg to an explosive device has earned an honor that is a challenge for any soldier.
On his prosthetic leg, First Lieutenant Joshua Pitcher completed an Army Physical Fitness Test, a land navigation course that has a day and night iteration and a timed 12-mile foot march interspersed with 30 infantry tasks to earn the Expert Infantry Badge.
Pitcher was serving with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, in Afghanistan at the time of his injury. Since then, he has conquered months of rehabilitation to get back to work.
Pitcher rejoined the 4th BCT in May and now serves as a platoon leader in 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment.
“To any infantry soldier out there who thinks that he can’t earn the EIB, my question to him is: What’s your excuse now?” Pitcher said.