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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.
A former Fort Bliss solider stood bruised and badly injured in court Thursday as he pleaded guilty to cutting the throat of another soldier during a 2017 drug robbery.
Zachary Johnston, who appeared in court in an orange jail jumpsuit and shackles around his ankles, pleaded guilty Thursday to a lesser count of murder as part of a plea agreement with state prosecutors.
He also appeared in court with two black eyes, bruises and cuts all over his face after he was involved in a jailhouse fight.
Johnston was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in connection with the brutal slaying of Tyler Kaden Croke, 23, on May 7, 2017, during a drug robbery at the Cantera Apartments in East El Paso. Croke, 23, was in the U.S. Army and served a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Saudi ambassador to the United States visited a U.S. naval air station in Florida on Thursday to extend her condolences for a shooting attack by a Saudi Air Force officer that killed three people last week, the Saudi embassy said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Thursday tested a conventionally configured ground-launched ballistic missile, a test that would have been prohibited under the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
The United States formally withdrew from the landmark 1987 INF pact with Russia in August after determining that Moscow was violating the treaty, an accusation the Kremlin has denied.
The Taliban may not have breached the walls of Bagram, but they damaged the hell out of its main passenger terminal
Blasts from Taliban car bombs outside of Bagram Airfield on Wednesday caused extensive damage to the base's passenger terminal, new pictures released by the 45th Expeditionary Wing show.
The pictures, which are part of a photo essay called "Bagram stands fast," were posted on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service's website on Thursday.
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
A retired Navy SEAL running for Congress wore a U.S. Navy dress white uniform at a recent campaign event, Business Insider has learned.
Republican candidate Floyd McLendon of Texas spoke to an audience at his campaign kick-off event in November, wearing the Navy uniform adorned with numerous medals — including what appeared to be the Navy SEAL Trident, the insignia reserved for members of the elite community like McLendon.
The inaugural event in Dallas was held in the 30th congressional district, a different district than the one McLendon is running in. Political strategists in Texas described the venue's location as highly unusual for a House candidate.