In the dead of night in September 2012, a U.S. Marine Corps outpost in Afghanistan awoke to the sound of gunfire and explosions. Taliban fighters had infiltrated Camp Bastion and were destroying high-value AV-8B Harrier Jump Jets sitting on the tarmac. The squadron commander of Marine Attack Squadron 211, deployed to Bastion in support of ground operations in Afghanistan, ran towards the sounds of chaos with only a pistol, organizing Marines to repel the attack before he was fatally wounded.

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The U.S. Central Command investigation into the February shooting of Marine Sgt. Cameron Halkovich in Syria found based on witness testimony the "most plausible" explanation for the incident was an "intentional shooting" by a Syrian Democratic Forces guard, but it concluded that the true motive would likely never be known.

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