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Pentagon identifies Marine Raider killed in Iraq
The Department of Defense has identified a Marine Raider who was killed in action over the weekend in Iraq.
On Aug. 10, 2019 Marine Gunnery Sgt. Scott A. Koppenhafer, 35, was killed after "being engaged by enemy small arms fire while conducting combat operations" in support of Iraqi Security Forces according to an Aug. 11 statement from the Pentagon. The incident remains under investigation.
He is survived by his wife and two children
Koppenhafer was assigned to 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Forces Special Operations Command, on Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Originally from Mancos, Colorado, Koppenhafer joined the Marines in 2005 and served as a MARSOC critical skills operator for the last 10 years, according to a MARSOC news release. Prior to joining MARSOC, Koppenhafer was a machine gunner with 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, and later a scout sniper, who deployed with both the 31st and 11th Marine Expeditionary Units.
In 2009 Koppenhafer graduated the Individual Training Course as the honor graduate and was meritoriously promoted to staff sergeant during his first MARSOC deployment to Afghanistan. He went on to complete three more deployments with 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, and was selected as 2018's Critical Skills Operator of the year.
His personal awards include: two Bronze Star Medals with "V"; two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals with "V"; one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals; one Humanitarian Service Medal; two Combat Action Ribbons; four Good Conduct Medals; the National Defense Service Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; and six Sea Service Deployment Ribbons.
In addition to his training as an infantry Marine, Koppenhafer was a graduate of numerous advanced schools from Mountain Survival Course; to Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE); Scout Sniper Course; MARSOF Advanced Sniper Course; Basic Airborne Course; Military Freefall; MARSOF Heliborne Insertion/Extraction Techniques Master; and Military Combatant Diver Course. Additionally, in 2005, Koppenhafer graduated from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado with a Bachelors of Science in Business Marketing.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Defense has released some information on its revamped approach to vetting and security concerns for foreign military students in the United States.
Some initial information came Friday, a few days before Secretary of Defense Mark Esper's visit to Naval Air Station Pensacola to discuss new vetting and security procedures with installation leadership.
The DoD began its review of those procedures following the Dec. 6 shooting at NAS Pensacola that left three people dead and eight others injured. The gunman, 21-year-old Saudi lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a flight student, was fatally shot by an Escambia County sheriff's deputy.
In a Galaxy — err, I mean, on a military base far, far away, soldiers are standing in solidarity with galactic freedom fighters.
Sitting at the top of an Army press release from March 2019, regarding the East Africa Response Force's deployment to Gabon, the photo seems, at first glance, just like any other: Soldiers on the move.
But if you look closer at the top right, you'll find something spectacular: A Rebel Alliance flag.
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DUBAI (Reuters) - An Iranian lawmaker offered a $3 million reward to anyone who killed U.S. President Donald Trump and said Iran could avoid threats if it had nuclear arms, ISNA news agency reported on Tuesday amid Tehran's latest standoff with Washington.
U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood dismissed the reward as "ridiculous", telling reporters in Geneva it showed the "terrorist underpinnings" of Iran's establishment.
DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Swiss officials foiled an apparent spying operation by Russians posing as plumbers in Davos, site of the World Economic Forum's annual meeting, a newspaper reported on Tuesday, but police did not confirm key details of the account.
The report in the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper said the two Russians were checked by Swiss police in August last year in the ski resort, which is hosting the WEF gathering of the global business and political elite this week. The pair presented diplomatic passports and left the country, the paper said.