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MizzouMP 7 May 2018 18:42

Retired Master Chief Britt Slabinski to Receive Medal of Honor
 
http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.a...00000228879405

gavin 7 May 2018 18:53

Good! Good man, and well-deserved. This will cause some heartburn in some circles.

MixedLoad 7 May 2018 21:33

Not all men are created equal and reading citations like this one validates that. Well deserved.

MountainBum 7 May 2018 23:18

Excellent news.

Sharky 8 May 2018 09:10

Definitely some controversy over this one.


http://www.newsweek.com/navy-seals-s...chapman-912343

Steve40th 8 May 2018 19:17

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sharky (Post 1058723398)
Definitely some controversy over this one.


http://www.newsweek.com/navy-seals-s...chapman-912343

Well that sucks.
Not sure how the reviews go, but would information like this from this article be brought to the table for review. Thats serious.

gavin 8 May 2018 19:27

Quote:

Originally Posted by Steve40th (Post 1058723567)
Well that sucks.
Not sure how the reviews go, but would information like this from this article be brought to the table for review. Thats serious.

First, fuck Newsweek.

Second, MoH investigations are conducted by the parent service, and then forwarded to SECDEF. The Navy does not get a vote in an Air Force MoH investigation. Refused to sign witness statements? Give me a fucking break. Anyone who spent more than a few days in uniform should know that is horse shit.

Third, both Britt Slabinski and John Chapman earned the MoH. Anyone who has heartburn with either of them getting a MoH needs to attach their fucking name to their heartburn, instead of hiding behind an anonymous quote in a rag like Newsweek.

Oh, and Sean Naylor...fuck you, too.

Steve40th 8 May 2018 19:29

Quote:

Originally Posted by gavin (Post 1058723576)
First, fuck Newsweek.

Second, MoH investigations are conducted by the parent service, and then forwarded to SECDEF. The Navy does not get a vote in an Air Force MoH investigation.

Third, both Britt Slabinski and John Chapman earned the MoH. Anyone who has heartburn with either of them getting a MoH needs to attach their fucking name to their heartburn, instead of hiding behind an anonymous quote in rag like Newsweek.

Oh, and Sean Naylor...fuck you, too.

Check.

Ferryman 8 May 2018 20:53

Retired Master Chief Britt Slabinski to Receive Medal of Honor
 
The White House announced today that President Donald J. Trump will award the Medal of Honor to Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL), Retired, Britt Slabinski for his heroic actions in March 2002 during the Battle of Takur Ghar while serving in Afghanistan.

http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=105491

JK07 8 May 2018 21:03

Naylor is a turd. Heís never missed an opportunity to disparage NSW. Never in the history of journalism has someone relied on more ďanonymousĒ sources. This article referencing The Interceptís hit piece from last year speaks volumes. :rolleyes:

Sharky 8 May 2018 21:19

Politics aside, the issue I have been seeing is that the two MoH stories are in direct conflict with each other. If one is true, the other can't be. I have friends on both sides. Hard to know the truth unless you were there or unless that ISR feed gets made public. Newsweek may suck, but this issue wasn't created by Newsweek.

gavin 8 May 2018 22:03

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sharky (Post 1058723604)
Politics aside, the issue I have been seeing is that the two MoH stories are in direct conflict with each other. If one is true, the other can't be. I have friends on both sides. Hard to know the truth unless you were there or unless that ISR feed gets made public. Newsweek may suck, but this issue wasn't created by Newsweek.

How are they in direct conflict with each other? I'm not seeing that. There are greater conflicts involved as to who did or didn't do what on Takur Ghar or to support the fight on Takur Ghar, but the actions attributed to Slab and John Chapman aren't mutually exclusive.

Tuukka 9 May 2018 02:12

It is a bit of a shame that there is so much BS when two very brave men are getting recognized, but I guess one should let the press bark whatever they want and focus on their actions.

I had the chance to talk ( more like listen ) to one who was there, over some beers a few years back.

agonyea 9 May 2018 07:42

Congratulations Master Chief

pw7382 9 May 2018 07:44

Hooyah Slab!
 
Congrates Amigo! You make us ALL proud!! LLTB!!

The Fat Guy 9 May 2018 08:00

The search tool is your friend.

Merged with the first thread.

CLEARED HOT 9 May 2018 13:14

Naylor and Newsweek are turds. There is no conflict here. People not in the circle will never know the true story. And the ISR feed is low vis. Let them be. Slab more than deserves the MOH.

IrishSoldier 9 May 2018 14:07

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sharky (Post 1058723604)
Politics aside, the issue I have been seeing is that the two MoH stories are in direct conflict with each other. If one is true, the other can't be. I have friends on both sides. Hard to know the truth unless you were there or unless that ISR feed gets made public. Newsweek may suck, but this issue wasn't created by Newsweek.

I'm not so sure that the awards would be in conflict. Slabinski's write simply doesn't mention Chapman, nor does it say Salbinski didn't leave anyone behind. Even if Chapman's write up says that he was left behind it wills till not contradict Slabinski's write up.

None of us where there (I think) and it would be easy to lose a man not normally in your unit in waste deep snow on a mountain side. A number of us serving as attachments have almost been left behind before. It happens.

Also fuck the media inflated drama involved in this.


In the early morning of 4 March 2002, then-Senior Chief Slabinski led a reconnaissance team to its assigned area atop Takur Ghar, a 10,000-foot snow-covered mountain in Afghanistan. An enemy rocket-propelled grenade attack on the insertion helicopter caused Petty Officer Neil Roberts to fall onto the enemy-infested mountaintop below, and forced the damaged helicopter to crash land in the valley below. Fully aware of the risks, a numerically superior and well-entrenched enemy force, and approaching daylight, without hesitation Senior Chief Slabinski made the selfless and heroic decision to lead the remainder of his element on an immediate and daring rescue back to the mountaintop. Senior Chief Slabinskiís team, despite heavy incoming enemy fire, was subsequently successfully inserted on top of Takur Ghar. Senior Chief Slabinski, without regard for his own life, charged directly toward the enemy strongpoint. He and a teammate fearlessly assaulted and cleared one enemy bunker at close range. The enemy then unleashed a murderous hail of machine gun fire from a second hardened position twenty meters away. Senior Chief Slabinski exposed himself to enemy fire on three sides, then moved forward to silence the second position. With bullets piercing his clothing, he repeatedly charged into deadly fire to personally engage the enemy bunker with direct rifle fire, hand grenades and a grenade launcher on the surrounding enemy positions. Facing mounting casualties and low on ammunition, the situation became untenable. Senior Chief Slabinski skillfully maneuvered his team across open terrain, directing them out of effective enemy fire over the mountainside.

Senior Chief Slabinski maneuvered his team to a more defensible position, directed danger-close air support on the enemy, requested reinforcements, and directed the medical care of his rapidly deteriorating wounded teammates, all while continuing to defend his position. When approaching daylight and accurate enemy mortar fire forced the team to maneuver further down the sheer mountainside, Senior Chief Slabinski carried a seriously wounded teammate through waist-deep snow, and led an arduous trek across precipitous terrain while calling in fires on enemies engaging the team from the surrounding ridges. Throughout the next 14 hours, he stabilized the casualties and continued the fight against the enemy until the mountain top could be secured and his team was extracted. His dedication, disregard for his own personal safety and tactical leadership make Master Chief Slabinski unquestionably deserving of this honor.

Sharky 9 May 2018 14:31

Like I said, I have no opinion either way. Just the arguments I am seeing being made in some closed FB groups, some of whom were there. I am happy for them both to get it.

IrishSoldier 10 May 2018 05:20

Is the AF write up available? My google-fu is weak and I cant find a write up, which seems strange at this point.


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