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UNSUNG HEROES: The Sailor Who Died A Hero After Base Failures Let Someone Through The Gate
When a dangerous intruder entered the grounds of Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia nearly a year ago, civilian police officers on station neglected their training and didn’t try to stop the trespasser from reaching the destroyer USS Mahan, according to the recent findings of an investigation into the incident reported by Navy Times.
Although he was unauthorized to be on the base and had a violent criminal record, civilian truck driver Jeffrey Tyrone Savage breezed through multiple layers of security at the base entrance and a pier checkpoint late on the night of Mar. 24, 2014. When he tried to board the destroyer Mahan, a petty
officer guarding the deck confronted Savage after noticing the man was behaving erratically.
Savage struggled with the sailor, snatched her pistol, and was seconds away from shooting her when 24-year-old Petty Officer Mark A. Mayo intervened in an exceptional way while on a roving patrol, with the rating of Master-at-Arms 2nd Class. Although several security personnel had failed to meet the minimum standards of their jobs by letting Savage access the base and pier, Mayo’s decisive action went above and beyond his duty as chief of the watch on deck.
Just as Savage was about to shoot the disarmed sailor, Mayo rushed to place himself between the two individuals. Savage shot Mayo once before he turned his back to the assailant, shielding his fellow sailor with his body as Savage shot him three more times in the back.
Mayo’s intervention bought enough time for pursuing personnel to approach and open fire on Savage, who was shot multiple times and died from his wounds.
Watch this video depicting U.S. Navy anti-terrorism force protection training at Lackland Air Force Base for the master-at-arms rating. Story continues below.
Mayo, described by one friend as a “a little guy [who] carried himself like a giant,” even managed to put up a fight. Mario Palomino, Navy Criminal Investigative Service agent in charge at the scene, said Mayo shot back with his own firearm while he was still able to, reported The Virginian-Pilot.
For his actions on the night of Mar. 24, Mayo was posthumously awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, the highest non-combat heroism award. Often called the non-combat Medal of Honor, the prestigious medal requires the recipient to have undergone “very specific life-threatening risk,” according to the Department of the Navy.
“While fearlessly engaging the assailant and shielding the Petty Officer of the Watch, Petty Officer Mayo was fatally wounded,” reads his medal citation. “His exceptionally brave actions saved the lives of four watch-standers and ensured the safety of the entire crew of USS MAHAN (DDG 72).”
A Marine wanted for killing his mother's boyfriend reportedly escaped police by hiding inside an RV they'd spent hours searching before towing it to a parking lot, where he escaped under the cover of darkness.
It wasn't until more than two weeks later authorities finally caught up to Michael Brown at his mom's home, which was the scene of the crime.
Brown stuffed himself into a tight spot in his camper during an hours-long search of the vehicle on Nov. 10, according to NBC affiliate WSLS in Virginia. A day earlier, cops said Brown fatally shot his mother's boyfriend, Rodney Brown. The AWOL Marine remained on the lam until Nov. 27, where he was finally apprehended without incident.
No motive is yet known for last week's Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard shooting tragedy, which appears to have been a random act of violence in which the sailor who fatally shot two civilian workers and himself did not know them and did not plan his actions ahead of time, shipyard commander Capt. Greg Burton said in an "All Hands" message sent out Friday.
Machinist's Mate Auxiliary Fireman Gabriel Antonio Romero of San Antonio, an armed watch-stander on the attack submarine USS Columbia, shot three civilian workers Dec. 4 and then turned a gun on himself while the sub rested in dry dock 2 for a major overhaul, the Navy said.
"The investigation continues, but there is currently no known motive and no information to indicate the sailor knew any of the victims," Burton said.
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said it had successfully conducted another test at a satellite launch site, the latest in a string of developments aimed at "restraining and overpowering the nuclear threat of the U.S.", state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday.
The test was conducted on Friday at the Sohae satellite launch site, KCNA said, citing a spokesman for North Korea's Academy of Defence Science, without specifying what sort of testing occurred.
Since the Washington Post first published the "Afghanistan papers," I have been reminded of a scene from "Apocalypse Now Redux" in which Army Col. Walter Kurtz reads to the soldier assigned to kill him two Time magazine articles showing how the American people had been lied to about Vietnam by both the Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon administrations.
In one of the articles, a British counterinsurgency expert tells Nixon that "things felt much better and smelled much better" during his visit to Vietnam.
"How do they smell to you, soldier?" Kurtz asks.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Erik Prince, the controversial private security executive and prominent supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, made a secret visit to Venezuela last month and met Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, one of socialist leader Nicolas Maduro's closest and most outspoken allies, according to five sources familiar with the matter.