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U.S. military discharging immigrant recruits

 

While the world has their focus on the rescue of the “cave boys” in Thailand, something is happening on the home front and it seems to largely be slipping under the radar of mainstream news outlets.  The Associated Press broke the news last night that the United States military is quietly beginning to discharge its immigrant recruits, with little notice and even fewer explanations.

What most Americans don’t know, is that the U.S. military recruits heavily in Central and South America.  In fact, the U.S. Marines have been doing this for many years, with good results.  As such, the Marines have a very large Latino community within the Corps.  But right now it looks like “Salsa Night” on base, could be over for good.

For these recruits, service in the U.S. military is their path to citizenship.  It was a pathway that was promised them  when they signed on.  These men and women serve bravely and proudly for their adopted country.

From Army Times: 

The AP was unable to quantify how many men and women who enlisted through the special recruitment program have been booted from the Army, but immigration attorneys say they know of more than 40 who have been discharged or whose status has become questionable, jeopardizing their futures.

Reservist Lucas Calixto, an immigrant from Brazil:

“It was my dream to serve in the military.  Since this country has been so good to me, I thought it was the least I could do to give back to my adopted country and serve in the United States military.”

Calixto filed a lawsuit against the United States Army last week over what he perceives as an “unlawful discharge.”

Right now, all the military will say is that their immigrant warriors now pose a “security risk.”

Time Magazine has a related article here.

Petty Officer 1St Class Matthew Holzemer dies in Djibouti

 

Yesterday, the Department of Defense announced the death of an American Sailor who died while deployed to Djibouti, Africa.
Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew I. Holzemer, of Nashville, Tennessee, died June 17, 2018, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, as a result of a non-combat related incident.  He was in Africa supporting Special Operations Command Forward, East Africa for U.S. Africa Command. His death is under investigation by the U.S. military.  Little information has been released at this time.
Additional information on PO1 Holzemer, including previous deployments and marital status, is available to media sources by contacting the Navy Office of Information (CHINFO) at 703-697-5342 (Virginia) or Christina.h.sears@navy.mil .

For any additional queries, contact U.S. Africa Command (Stuttgart, Germany) Public Affairs Office at +49-(0)151-4217-6009 or+49-(0)9641-70-591-0229 or via email to africom-pao-media@mail.mil; or  U.S. Africa Command (Stuttgart, Germany) Public Affairs Office at +49-(0)151-4217-6009 or+49-(0)9641-70-591-0229 or via email to africom-pao-media@mail.mil.

Army Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Conrad killed by Al-Shabab in Somalia

 

Yesterday, June 9, 2018, the Pentagon announced the death of an American Soldier who was supporting Operation Octave Shield in the eastern part of Africa.

Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Conrad, 26, of Chandler, Arizona, died June 8, in Somalia of injuries sustained from indirect fire by Al-Shabab. The incident is under investigation by the United States military.

Four other U.S. troops and one partner force member were wounded in the attack.  They were all treated and released.

According to Army Times there were some 800 Somali and Kenyan forces on the mission conducting a multi-day operation.  The forces were about 220 miles southwest of Mogadishu when the attack occurred.  The death of Staff Sgt. Conrad was the first military death in Africa since four U.S. Special Forces Soldiers were ambushed in Niger in October 2017.

Staff Sgt. Conrad, who had been in the military eight years, was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Additional  information regarding Staff Sgt. Conrad is available to media sources by contacting U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs Office, Lt. Col. Robert Bockholt at 910-494-1589, or via email at matthew.bockholt@socom.mil.

Additional queries may also be directed to U.S. Africa Command (Stuttgart, Germany) Public Affairs Office at +49-(0)151-4217-6009 or+49-(0)9641-70-591-0229 or via email to africom-pao-media@mail.mil.

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