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Green Beret killed in Afghanistan was ‘an accomplished, respected and loved Special Forces soldier’
The Special Forces community is honoring the life of Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin, who was killed in Afghanistan on Monday, whom his commander described as a superlative soldier and beloved teammate.
"He was a warrior - an accomplished, respected and loved Special Forces soldier that will never be forgotten," Col. Owen G. Ray, commander of 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), said in a news release. "We ask that you keep his family and teammates in your thoughts and prayers."
Griffin, 40, was killed by small arms fire during combat operations in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, while serving with 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), according to U.S. Army Special Operations Command. He was on his fourth combat deployment, three of which were in Afghanistan.
After enlisting in the Army in 2004, Griffin deployed to Iraq in 2006 and Afghanistan in in 2009 while serving with the 82nd Airborne Division. He deployed to Afghanistan for a second time in 2016 with 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) and rotated through South Korea in 2018.
He had graduated from numerous schools including the United States Army Ranger School, the Special Operations Joint Terminal Attack Controller Course, U.S. Army Basic and Advanced Airborne Schools; the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, the Basic Korean Course, and the Special Forces Intelligence Sergeants Course.
Griffin was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and his second Bronze Star Medal. His other military awards include three Army Achievement Medals, five Army Good Conduct Medals, three Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, the Army Marksmanship Qualification Badge (Expert), the Combat Infantry Badge, and the Combat Action Badge.
"The loss of Sgt. 1st Class Griffin is felt across the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) family and the entire Special Forces community," Ray said in the news release.
A Marine wanted for killing his mother's boyfriend reportedly escaped police by hiding inside an RV they'd spent hours searching before towing it to a parking lot, where he escaped under the cover of darkness.
It wasn't until more than two weeks later authorities finally caught up to Michael Brown at his mom's home, which was the scene of the crime.
Brown stuffed himself into a tight spot in his camper during an hours-long search of the vehicle on Nov. 10, according to NBC affiliate WSLS in Virginia. A day earlier, cops said Brown fatally shot his mother's boyfriend, Rodney Brown. The AWOL Marine remained on the lam until Nov. 27, where he was finally apprehended without incident.
No motive is yet known for last week's Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard shooting tragedy, which appears to have been a random act of violence in which the sailor who fatally shot two civilian workers and himself did not know them and did not plan his actions ahead of time, shipyard commander Capt. Greg Burton said in an "All Hands" message sent out Friday.
Machinist's Mate Auxiliary Fireman Gabriel Antonio Romero of San Antonio, an armed watch-stander on the attack submarine USS Columbia, shot three civilian workers Dec. 4 and then turned a gun on himself while the sub rested in dry dock 2 for a major overhaul, the Navy said.
"The investigation continues, but there is currently no known motive and no information to indicate the sailor knew any of the victims," Burton said.
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said it had successfully conducted another test at a satellite launch site, the latest in a string of developments aimed at "restraining and overpowering the nuclear threat of the U.S.", state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday.
The test was conducted on Friday at the Sohae satellite launch site, KCNA said, citing a spokesman for North Korea's Academy of Defence Science, without specifying what sort of testing occurred.
Since the Washington Post first published the "Afghanistan papers," I have been reminded of a scene from "Apocalypse Now Redux" in which Army Col. Walter Kurtz reads to the soldier assigned to kill him two Time magazine articles showing how the American people had been lied to about Vietnam by both the Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon administrations.
In one of the articles, a British counterinsurgency expert tells Nixon that "things felt much better and smelled much better" during his visit to Vietnam.
"How do they smell to you, soldier?" Kurtz asks.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Erik Prince, the controversial private security executive and prominent supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, made a secret visit to Venezuela last month and met Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, one of socialist leader Nicolas Maduro's closest and most outspoken allies, according to five sources familiar with the matter.