Army recruiters receive Soldier's Medals for springing into action during California mall shooting

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The two California Army recruiters who rushed towards danger in July when they heard gunshots in the San Bruno, California shopping mall where they were working have been awarded the service's highest non-combat medal for valor.


Kelli Bland, a spokesperson for U.S. Army Recruiting, told Task & Purpose that the two soldiers were presented the medals by Maj. Gen. Frank Muth, the head of USAREC, on Nov. 8.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Staff Sgts. Michael Marl and Isaiah Locklear "ran toward a bullet storm that afternoon instead of away."

"I don't like being in the limelight," Marl told the Chronicle. "I'd rather forget about the whole thing."

Staff Sgts. Michael Marl (left) and Isaiah Lockler (right). (U.S. Army Recruiting Command)

Original reports described how the two rushed to the aid of two boys — a 12- and 16-year-old — who were victims of the shooting at the Shops of Tanforan Mall.

The two soldiers provided first aid to the boys until paramedics arrived.

Locklear told local news at the time of the incident that the 16-year-old he was helping was "laying on the floor" and saying he didn't want to die.

"That really hit me," he told California Fox affiliate KTVU. "He didn't want to die. I was telling him he wasn't going to die. I said I was going to stick with him through it."

Locklear saw the boy and his family a few days after the shooting, per the Chronicle, but hasn't seen them since.

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"We work with the presumption that this was an act of terrorism," USA Today quoted FBI Agent Rachel Rojas as saying at a news conference.

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"Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way. He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore," Trump said on Twitter, referring to his first summit with Kim in Singapore in 2018.

"He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere with the U.S. Presidential Election in November," he said.

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The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that the United States was considering deploying up to 14,000 troops to the Middle East to thwart any potential Iranian attacks. The story made clear that President Trump could ultimately decide to send a smaller number of service members, but defense officials have become fixated on the number 14,000 as if it were the only option on the table.

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Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, on Saturday morning, Berger said the younger generation of troops had a "clearer view" of the technology "than most people give them credit for."

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