Army Medal of Honor recipient Bradley P. Manning is one of the recipients of the Army’s highest military honors.
He was named an Army officer of the year by the Military Officers Association of America.
He earned a Bronze Star for his actions during the 2009 Afghanistan invasion.
In a statement to CNN, Manning said: “The award honors a group of individuals who served honorably and consistently under the most difficult conditions in their respective careers.
It is my sincere hope that it will serve as a symbol of hope and strength for all Americans to see who is deserving of the title of Army officer.”
Manning was born in San Antonio, Texas.
The Army awarded him a Bronze Stars for his service in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Haiti.
Manning also received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in the Battle of Ramadi, Iraq, in 2008.
He has been in hiding ever since.
Manning was sentenced in 2013 to 35 years in prison for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks.
The Pentagon has already released some of the most damaging information in the documents.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.