Before we get to a couple of good stories, I want to take a minute to recognize a few of our fallen heroes this week.
First, the Military Times reported that the Pentagon has released the names of two soldiers who died August 13th in Iraq while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
Sgt. Roshain Euvince Brooks and Spc. Allen Levi Stigler Jr. died of wounds sustained while engaging the enemy with artillery. Both soldiers were canon crew members assigned to 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. They were stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Spc. Stigler was posthumously promoted to sergeant.
Five other soldiers sustained non life threatening injuries.
Also from the Military Times, Special Forces Green Beret Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler, 27, died August 16th in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, from wounds he suffered when an IED exploded during combat operations.
The Special Forces Green Berets from 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group are deployed to Afghanistan for a mission to work alongside Afghan forces to reduce the presence of ISIS-Khorasan fighters in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Butler had been a member of the National Guard’s B Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group since 2008. He deployed to Afghanistan in April.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of Sgt. Euvince, Spc. Stigler, and Staff Sgt. Butler- and to their fellow troops. I pray too for complete and quick recovery of the others who were injured.
Please keep five soldiers who are still missing in your prayers. They lost communications after their Black Hawk helicopter crashed during nighttime training in Haleiwa, Hawaii on August 16th. The Coast Guard has widened the search and the Army and Marines are also helping in the search.
Also reported earlier in the week, US Marine Sgt. Kevin Peach was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal in a battalion ceremony at Camp Lejeune August 8th for rescuing a man from a burning vehicle.
Sgt. Peach, an infantryman with 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, was awarded the medal, which is the highest non-combat award for heroism by the Department of the Navy.
“We were driving down I-5 in California heading back to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and a car pulled out in front of us, swerved, hit a wall going about 65 mph and then rolled a couple of times,” he described in a Marine Corps story.
When he saw the smoke and knew he didn’t have much time before the car caught fire.
“I was scared the entire time but I saw a lifeless body sitting in the car and I wasn’t just going to turn my head and do nothing about it,” Sgt. Peach recounted.
Sufferfortribe shared this amazing story,
From the Air National Guard this week, a pilot recounted an incident in Alpena County, Michigan, last month that left him landing an A-10 Thunderbolt II with no landing gear, a missing canopy, a malfunctioning radio, and the aircraft’s massive gun ripped away while flying at 375 miles per hour.
It was the first time in approximately four decades that such a landing had to be made, but Capt. Brett DeVries did it. Although the craft suffered massive damage, DeVries, his wingman, and all the crew on the ground were unharmed. Read more….
To all our troops, Veterans and their families- thank you never seems enough, but it comes from my heart and I have the utmost respect and gratitude for all of you. Thank You.
Have a blessed day all.