Col. John D. Kline presents Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mike Carman with an Army Commendation Medal.Photo by Sgt. William Begley
Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mike Carman was driving in Atlanta, Georgia, on Feb. 14 with his two sons, 13-year-old Miguel and 10-year-old Enrique, when they witnessed a devastating car accident. A teenage girl not wearing a seatbelt had been ejected from a car and was lying on the ground unresponsive, bleeding profusely, according to an Army press release.
Seeing that the victim’s father and sister, also at the scene, were panicking and unable to help the girl, Carman sprang into action with his sons in tow. Resorting to the combat lifesaver training he received in the Army, Carman checked the victim’s ABCs — airway, bleeding, and circulation.
Then the first order went down the chain of command. “At first, I didn’t know what to do,” Enrique said in the Army release. “Then my brother Miguel told me to get the first aid kit, so I did and handed it to my dad.”
Miguel, meanwhile, dialed 911 as his father talked him through what to say to the operator. “I just listened to my dad’s orders, because it was obvious he knew what he was doing,” Miguel said. “I’m just glad we could help out.”
The father and his two sons had traveled to Atlanta so the boys could compete in a soccer tournament, but they ended up helping to save a helpless teenager’s life in the middle of a busy commercial area. In the process, Enrique learned the importance of taking responsibility when others aren’t willing to, in order to help those who can’t help themselves. “There were a lot of people just standing around doing nothing, and I didn’t think that was right,” he said in the Army release. “I think the lesson I learned was don’t just stand around, take action.”
In their father’s eyes, it was an action befitting any honorable U.S. Army soldier. “Anybody wearing this uniform would do the exact same thing,” Carman said. “To see two young men get involved in a situation and provide aid to someone who is in desperate need of it while a lot of folks just stood there watching says a lot about their character. I could not be more proud.”
The boys and their father, an aviation mission survivability officer with the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia, were presented with certificates of achievement in an April 9 ceremony by the brigade’s commander, Col. John D. Kline.
(From left to right) Chris Osman, Chris McKinley, Kent Kroeker, and Talon Burton
At least four American veterans were among a group of eight men arrested by police in Haiti earlier this week for driving without license plates and possessing an arsenal of weaponry and tactical gear.
Police in Port-au-Prince arrested five Americans, two Serbians, and one Haitian man at a police checkpoint on Sunday, according to The Miami-Herald. The men told police they were on a "government mission" but did not specify for which government, according to The Herald.
They also told police that "their boss was going to call their boss," implying that someone high in Haiti's government would vouch for them and secure their release, Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles told NPR.
What they were actually doing or who they were potentially working for remains unclear. A State Department spokesperson told Task & Purpose they were aware that Haitian police arrested a "group of individuals, including some U.S. citizens," but declined to answer whether the men were employed by or operating under contract with the U.S. government.
A photo shared by Hoda Muthana on her now-closed @ZumarulJannaTwitter account. (Twitter/ZumarulJannah)
The State Department announced Wednesday that notorious ISIS bride Hoda Muthana, a U.S.-born woman who left Alabama to join ISIS but began begging to return to the U.S. after recently deserting the terror group, is not a U.S. citizen and will not be allowed to return home.
A top Senate Republican and fierce ally of President Donald Trump reportedly exploded at Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan recently about the U.S. military's plans to withdraw all troops from Syria by the end of April.
"That's the dumbest f******g idea I've ever heard," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reportedly replied when Shanahan confirmed the Trump administration still plans to complete the Syria withdrawal by April 30.
Later, Graham told Shanahan, "I am now your adversary, not your friend."