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Sig Sauer unveils slick commemorative pistol to honor Navy SEAL Medal of Honor recipient
In May 2018, President Donald Trump awarded retired Navy Master Chief Britt K. Slabinski the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions while leading a Joint Task Force during Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan. Now Sig Sauer is paying tribute in its own way.
This past National Medal of Honor Day, the gunmaker unveiled a specially-designed commemorative P226 pistol — the same pistol that SEALs carried under the official MK25 designation — to honor Slabinski's receipt of the the nation's highest award for valor.
The commemorative pistol includes ceremonial 24k gold engravings on both sides of the slide: "For Service As Set Forth," the first line of Slabinski's award citation, on the right side, and "No Day Shall Erase You from the Memory of Time, which is featured at the World Trade Center Memorial in New York City, on the left.
The top of the slide features a likeness of the Medal of Honor engraved on a piece of metal recovered from the World Trade Center site, as well as six stars to honor SEAL Team Six.
The grips, custom made from American Black Walnut, feature the Red Unit Medallion on the right and the SEAL Trident on the left.
As if the pistol wasn't enough, Sig Sauer also unveiled a brief documentary recounting Slabinski's years of service. You can watch that above.
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Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on The Conversation.
In a series of bloody campaigns from 2014 to 2019, a multinational military coalition drove the Islamic State group, often known as ISIS, out of much of the Iraqi and Syrian territory that the strict militant theocracy had brutally governed.
But the Pentagon and the United Nations both estimate that the group still has as many as 30,000 active insurgents in the region. Thousands more IS-aligned fighters are spread across Africa and Asia, from the scrublands of Mali and Niger to the deserts of Iraq and mountains of Afghanistan, to the island jungles of the Philippines.
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This year also will bring similar Pathways four- to five-month troop deployments (but not from Hawaii) to the Philippines and, in a first, an Oceania rotation to locations including Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Tonga, Fiji, Palau and Yap.
The fall time frame will include another first for the Army: Defender Pacific, in which 8,000 to 10,000 mainland-based soldiers will practice rapidly deploying for 30 to 45 days through the second and first island chains that China defines around the South China Sea.
In 2021 Defender Pacific could jump to 30,000 soldiers rotating through on relatively short notice, Defense News reported. About 85,000 soldiers are assigned to the region.
There's nothing quite like finding out that the nifty little trinket you blew a paycheck on when you were a junior enlisted service member is actually worth three-quarters of a million dollars. (Take that every SNCO who ever gave a counseling statement on personal finances.)