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UNSUNG HEROES: This Combat Controller Has Become One of the Most Decorated Airmen Ever
Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Harvell puts the “close” in close-air support. Harvell is an Air Force combat controller and member of the the Air Force special operations community.
While deployed with the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, Harvell was embedded with a Army Special Forces element conducting operations in Helmand province. On two separate missions in May 2007 near Kajaki, Afghanistan, Harvell directed close-air support at great personal risk, according to military citations and media reports.
On May 8, during a reconnaissance patrol, Harvell’s team was ambushed in their nine-vehicle convoy. In the course of the ten-hour engagement, Harvell directed numerous airstrikes, including strafing runs a scant 45 feet from his position.
In a separate ambush on May 30, during an operation to recover a downed CH-47 Chinook aircrew, Harvell was wounded and knocked unconscious by RPG fire. Upon waking up, a still bleeding Harvell simultaneously engaged multiple Taliban militants with his personal weapons and called in danger-close ordnance from the air.
Harvell’s actions on both days in May eliminated a total of 212 enemy fighters, and saved the lives of his fellow special operators. As a result, Harvell was awarded the Silver Star.
But it wouldn’t be his last.
Barely two months after the firefights that resulted in his first award, Harvell again demonstrated his skill and excellence as a combat controller. On July 25, again operating with a Army Special Forces element in Helmand, this time near Nowzad, Harvell and the team he was supporting breached a compound in order to flank an enemy ambush.
Harvell engaged multiple Taliban fighters without regard for his personal safety. When enemy reinforcements arrived, Harvell stopped in the middle of a 200-yard dash across an open wadi to cover the rest of the team’s withdrawal.
Once he was safely across, he then called in fire from A-10 Warthog and AC-130 Spectre aircraft, which eliminated over 50 enemy combatants and ended the engagement.
According to Air Force Times, with these actions earning him a second Silver Star, Harvell is one of only seven service members, and three airmen, to receive two Silver Stars since 9/11.
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CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) - Shelling could be heard at the Syrian-Turkish border on Friday morning despite a five-day ceasefire agreed between Turkey and the United States, and Washington said the deal covered only a small part of the territory Ankara aims to seize.
Reuters journalists at the border heard machine-gun fire and shelling and saw smoke rising from the Syrian border battlefield city of Ras al Ain, although the sounds of fighting had subsided by mid-morning.
The truce, announced on Thursday by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence after talks in Ankara with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, sets out a five-day pause to let the Kurdish-led SDF militia withdraw from an area controlled by Turkish forces.
The SDF said air and artillery attacks continued to target its positions and civilian targets in Ral al Ain.
"Turkey is violating the ceasefire agreement by continuing to attack the town since last night," SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali tweeted.
The Kurdish-led administration in the area said Turkish truce violations in Ras al Ain had caused casualties, without giving details.
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But if scoring one of the Army's remaining M1911s through the Civilian Marksmanship Program isn't enough to satisfy your adoration for the classic sidearm, then Colt has something right up your alley: the Colt Model 1911 'Black Army' pistol.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's withholding of $391 million in military aid to Ukraine was linked to his request that the Ukrainians look into a claim — debunked as a conspiracy theory — about the 2016 U.S. election, a senior presidential aide said on Thursday, the first time the White House acknowledged such a connection.
Trump and administration officials had denied for weeks that they had demanded a "quid pro quo" - a Latin phrase meaning a favor for a favor - for delivering the U.S. aid, a key part of a controversy that has triggered an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives against the Republican president.
But Mick Mulvaney, acting White House chief of staff, acknowledged in a briefing with reporters that the U.S. aid — already approved by Congress — was held up partly over Trump's concerns about a Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer server alleged to be in Ukraine.
"I have news for everybody: Get over it. There is going to be political influence in foreign policy," Mulvaney said.
‘I’m the Meryl Streep of generals’ — Mattis hits back at Trump for calling him the 'world's most overrated general'
Former Defense Secretary James Mattis decided to take on President Donald Trump's reported assertion that he is "overrated" at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York City on Thursday.
"I'm not just an overrated general, I am the greatest — the world's most — overrated," Mattis said at the event, which raises money for charity.
"I'm honored to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress," Mattis said. "So I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals ... and frankly that sounds pretty good to me. And you do have to admit that between me and Meryl, at least we've had some victories."