Soldiers conduct a Dignified Transfer for Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright.
U.S. Army/Cpl. Lane Hiser
The family of one of the Army Special Forces soldiers killed in the 2017 Niger attack, Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, will receive the Silver Star award on Wednesday.
The Army said in a press release on Tuesday that Wright is being recognized "for his valorous actions on that day." The award will be presented by Maj. Gen. John Deedrick, commanding general of the 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne).
The other Special Forces soldiers killed in the ambush by ISIS fighters also received posthumous awards; Sgt. La David T. Johnson was awarded the Silver Star, and Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black and Sgt. 1st Class Jeremiah W. Johnson received the Bronze Star with "V" device.
In 2018, it was reported by the New York Times that then-U.S. Special Operations Command chief Army Gen. Raymond Thomas had asked if Wright was "eligible for the Medal of Honor after reading survivors' accounts of the attack. When U.S. and Nigerien troops were attacked on October 4, 2017, Wright was killed "trying to rescue a wounded comrade who eventually died," the Times reported.
The head of U.S. Army Africa Command, Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, told Task & Purpose in 2018 that "there were numerous acts of extraordinary bravery" on the day of the attack, and "they should be adjudicated as SOCOM deems necessary."
In 2017, Wright's family said in a statement that while an investigation into the attack couldn't bring back their loved one, it could "help to educate and prepare future operators to better combat our enemies. ... War is hell, and even the best laid plans go to the wayside when the first bullet flies."
Five people have been indicted in federal court in the Western District of Texas on charges of participating in a scheme to steal millions of dollars from benefits reserved for military members, U.S. Department of Justice officials said Wednesday.
As the military services each roll out new policies regarding hemp-derived products like cannabidiol, or CBD, the Defense Department is not mincing words.
"It's completely forbidden for use by any service member in any of the services at this point of time," said Patricia Deuster, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.
The warning, along with the policies issued recently by the Air Force, Coast Guard and Department of the Navy, comes as CBD is becoming increasingly ubiquitous across the country in many forms, from coffee additives and vaping liquids to tinctures, candies and other foods, carrying promises of health benefits ranging from pain and anxiety relief to sleeping aids and inflammation reduction.
The Navy has fired five senior leaders so far in August – and the month isn't even over.
While the sea service is famous for instilling in officers that they are responsible for any wrongdoing by their sailors – whether they are aware of the infractions or not – the recent rash of firings is a lot, even for the Navy.
A Navy spokesman said there is no connection between any of the five officers relieved of command, adding that each relief is looked at separately.
Then-Vice Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville. (U.S. Army/Spc. Matthew J. Marcellus)
After months of focusing on modernization priorities, Army leadership plans to tackle persisting personnel issues in the coming years.
Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Tuesday at an event with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies that what people can to hear service leadership "talk a lot about ... our people. Investing in our people, so that they can reach their potential. ... We are a people organization."
Two U.S. troops in Afghanistan have been killed in non-combat incidents and a sailor from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln was declared dead after falling overboard while the ship was supporting operations in Afghanistan.
At least two defense contractors have also been killed in Afghanistan. One was a Navy veteran and the other had served in the Army.