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.
President Barack Obama awards Sgt. Dakota Meyer the Medal of Honor Sept. 15, 2011. Meyer is the first living Marine recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Daniel Wetzel).
In September 2011, Meyer became the first living Marine to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. When his team was ambushed by more than 50 Taliban fighters, Meyer braved intense enemy fire to save 36 U.S. and Afghan troops.
President Donald Trump awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously to Army Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins on Wednesday, saying that Atkins will be remembered "as the best father, and he will be remembered as the best soldier."
This year, more than 12,000 people set aside time to write personal letters to Medal of Honor recipients. They wrote from their kitchen tables and desks, their homes and offices. Some were in class, from elementary to high school; at least one wrote from prison.
They typed, they drew, and they wrote in pen, pencil, and marker, then sealed the letters and sent them to Janine Stange, who for the third year in a row collected, sorted, and delivered them to 72 recipients of the nation's highest award for valor.
Sgt. Atkins with his parents at Fort Drum, 2006. (DoD photo/Katie Lange)
Described as "selfless," "a master of his craft," "the greatest father," and the kind of leader you'd "want to work for," Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins gave his life on June 1, 2007, when he tackled a suicide bomber to protect his soldiers from the blast in Iraq.
On Tuesday, Shanahan faced pointed questions from Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) about when he will decide which service members should be reprimanded for the ambush and which troops should receive awards for their heroism during the battle.
"When I came into this role … [former Defense Secretary James Mattis] had convened a review and that recommendation was brought to me," Shanahan said. "I did not find that sufficient, so I convened my own review so I can ensure from top to bottom there is the appropriate accountability."