Mattis Personally Recommends Ex-Trump Staffer Reince Preibus To Be Navy Officer

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis personally recommended former White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus be selected as a Navy reserve officer, according to Dan Lamothe at The Washington Post.


The 46-year-old former Trump administration staffer cited his sister's service as a Navy doctor and his being in a meeting with the president and the family of fallen SEAL Senior Chief William "Ryan" Owens as his reasons for wanting to serve, according to a letter he submitted to the Navy.

The board "professionally recommended" Preibus receive a direct commission as a human resources officer, The Post reported. In a letter to the board, Mattis said the former Republican National Committee Chairman was an "ideal fit" to be commissioned.

Politico reported in July that Preibus was spotted speaking with recruiters at Andrews Air Force Base about joining the Navy Reserve, and said he was considering jobs in intelligence, human resources, or the judge advocate general corps.

If he accepts the Navy selection, he'll need to attend the two-week Navy's Direct Commission Officer Indoctrination Course in Newport, Rhode Island within a year of his commissioning.

"The Human Resource Officer community recently selected Reince Priebus as a direct commission candidate," Cmdr.Jereal Dorsey told Task & Purpose in an email. "Like other applicants, he is currently moving towards earning a commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy Reserves."

Priebus only lasted six months as Trump's Chief of Staff before being replaced by retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, who the president is also currently seeking to replace. "Take everything you’ve heard and multiply it by 50," Priebus told author Chris Whipple of his tumultuous time in the White House, for his book on chiefs of staff, “The Gatekeepers," according to Politico.

Read the full story at The Post.

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Shortly after Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher allegedly murdered a wounded ISIS prisoner, about half a dozen of his SEAL teammates watched as one SEAL flew a drone around their compound and hovered it just inches over the dead man's body.

It was yet another ethical lapse for the men of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon, many of whom had just taken a group photograph with the deceased victim after their commander had held an impromptu reenlistment ceremony for Gallagher near the body. Although some expressed remorse in courtroom testimony over their participation in the photo, video footage from later that morning showed a number of SEALs acted with little regard for the remains of Gallagher's alleged victim.

The video — which was shown to the jury and courtroom spectators last week in the trial of Gallagher — was recently obtained by Task & Purpose.

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A U.S. Air Force veteran held captive for six weeks by the Libyan military amid allegations that he was a hired mercenary was freed by the U.S. government on Tuesday, the Washington Post first reported.

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On Nov, 10, 2004, Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia knew that he stood a good chance of dying as he tried to save his squad.

Bellavia survived the intense enemy fire and went on to single-handedly kill five insurgents as he cleared a three-story house in Fallujah during the iconic battle for the city. For his bravery that day, President Trump will present Bellavia with the Medal of Honor on Tuesday, making him the first living Iraq war veteran to receive the award.

In an interview with Task & Purpose, Bellavia recalled that the house where he fought insurgents was dark and filled with putrid water that flowed from broken pipes. The battle itself was an assault on his senses: The stench from the water, the darkness inside the home, and the sounds of footsteps that seemed to envelope him.

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Developed by Offworld Studios alongside living, breathing military veterans, 'Squad' may be the most realistic shooter on the market — or at least, with 40 vs 40 squad-level fighting, the most fun.

The game, according to its website, was designed to "establish a culture of camaraderie that is unparalleled in competitive multiplayer shooters." More importantly, it comes complete with realistic renderings of Stryker armored vehicles, which is my personal jam.

Learn more about 'Squad' here

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"Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force," Trump tweeted just days the United States came within minutes of bombing Iranian targets.

"In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration," the U.S. president tweeted.

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