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U.S. continues to suffer losses,both military and civilian, abroad

 

Yesterday, the Department of Defense announced the death of a Special Forces soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Joshua Z. Beale, 32, of Carrollton, Virginia, died Jan. 22, 2019, as a result of injuries sustained from enemy small arms fire during combat operations in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

SSG Beale was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal. He was also posthumously promoted to Sgt. 1st Class.  He  leaves behind a wife and two children.

Additional information, on Staff Sgt. Joshua Z. Beale, including previous deployments and other service awards, is available to media sources by contacting Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs, at 910-432-3383 or loren.bymer@socom.mil.

It was just last week, when the Department of Defense announced the death of Sgt. Cameron A. Meddock, 26, of Spearman, Texas.  Sgt. Meddock died Jan. 17, 2019, in Landstuhl, Germany of wounds sustained by small arms fire in Badghis Province, Afghanistan earlier in the month.   Sgt. Meddock was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington.

For more information regarding Sgt. Cameron A. Meddock, media sources may contact Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs at 910-432-3383 or loren.bymer@socom.mil.

Earlier this month three Americans, two of whom were active-duty military, and one a retired Navy SEAL,  were killed in a suicide bombing attack in war-ravaged Syria.  There was also a  female, foreign-born interpreter who died as a result of the same attack.

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.

Florida Homegoing for Sgt. La David Johnson is without controversy

 

Mourners wore red to honor Sgt. La David Johnson, 25, at Friday night’s viewing, but donned white attire for his funeral Saturday morning.  There was no sign of controversy inside Christ the Rock church and the family refused to let reporters inside the sanctuary.

The hour-and-a-half long service spoke only of the Soldier himself and his commitment to his wife, his children, and his country. There was reference to his neighborhood moniker of “Wheelie King” from his days of riding his trick-bicycle on the streets before he joined the Army in 2014. There was no mention of the days-long news coverage regarding the condolence call from President Trump to Myeshia Johnson, La David’s young widow.

A media dust-up started after Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson called news outlets to say that President Trump had “disrespected” Sgt. Johnson during the condolence call to his widow. Wilson stated that Mr. Trump said  “he knew what he was getting into” when he signed on to be a Soldier.  The cowboy-hat-wearing representative said she overheard the conversation. Rumor has it that Wilson nearly busted a high-heel in her haste to call the press.

Sgt. Johnson, a member of the Army’s elite Green Berets based out of Fort Bragg, was killed by Islamic militants in Niger along with is comrades Staff Sgt. Bryan Black of Puyallup, Washington, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson of Springsboro, Ohio, and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright of Lyons, Georgia.  All four Special Forces operators died Oct. 4, 2017.  The details of the attack are under investigation by the Pentagon as well as the FBI.

Sgt. La David Johnson leaves behind his wife Myeshia, who is carrying their third child, and two daughters ages 6 and 2.

The Soldiers’ deaths in Niger have brought to light the role of American advisers and troops in Africa who are under the command of AFRICOM, one of nine “unified combatant commands” of the Unites States Armed Forces.  Marine Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser is the commander of AFRICOM which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.  Currently, the U.S. military is operating in some 20 African countries fighting Islamic extremism.

Although the American public is demanding answers into what went wrong on Oct. 4, the thorough investigation will take even longer with both the military and the FBI involved.  Those answers will not come anytime soon.

 

 

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