U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Salvador R. Moreno
A Marine Raider who sprinted through enemy fire to man an exposed shooting position in the back of an open truck and successfully broke an ambush by ISIS militants in Iraq was awarded the military’s third highest award for valor on Oct. 30.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis stated on Thursday that the Pentagon is open to sending additional U.S. troops to Somalia to fight the al Shabab terror group and train the Somali in combatting the al Qaeda offshoot.
The suicide rate for SOCOM personnel is at an all-time high since the days of the 9/11 attacks, to the point that the rate is higher than that of their conventional Army and USMC brethren. In a unique attempt to curve the rate of suicide amongst its personnel, SOCOM leadership has placed a budget request to Congress of $48 million (FY15) to hire physical therapists, dieticians, sports psychologists, and strength and conditioning specialists. The House Armed Services Committee blasted SOCOM for recalcitrance and decreased the budget request by redirecting $23 million of the requested $48 million elsewhere.