Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

02/08/2012 -- CCAC honors local Purple Heart recipient at Quilts of Valor luncheon

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PITTSBURGH—On February 17, 2012, the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) as well as CCAC–Allegheny Campus members of the CCAC Women’s Council and staff of the Veteran’s Service Center will host a luncheon to award a Quilt of Valor to CCAC student and Purple Heart recipient Aaron Steinberg. 

Spc. Steinberg was stationed in Fallujah, Iraq from April 2003 until May 2004 where he served with the 3rd Infantry Division and 82nd Airborne. While serving in his capacity as an IED (improvised explosive devise) disposal expert, his vehicle was ambushed and hit by an IED. He was awarded the Purple Heart as a result of his injuries. Following his recovery, Steinberg was sent to Baghdad to provide security for the Corps of Engineers with Task Force Restore Iraqi Oil and Restore Iraqi Electricity. He also assisted the Iraqi Ministry of Water Resources in assembling a security force. Ultimately, he and his unit were responsible for reducing several million pounds of Iraqi IEDs through explosive demolition. Today, Steinberg attends CCAC with plans to transfer to the University of Pittsburgh. He resides in Mt. Lebanon. 

Since its founding in 2003, the national Quilts of Valor Foundation has provided thousands of quilts to wounded veterans. CCAC–Allegheny Campus representatives of the CCAC Women’s Council hand made the quilt which will be presented to Steinberg. The luncheon takes place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in historic Jones Hall on CCAC–Allegheny Campus.


About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates 33,000 credit students through 170 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers non-credit and workforce development courses to 30,000 students. The learning-centered institution’s mission is to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond. Visit to learn more.