Of course, as BNI readers know, he has fired hundreds/thousands of high level and mid-level officers, leaving only yes-men (and increasingly, less qualified yes-women in the officer ranks) to do his bidding, even firing on American citizens.
Washington Free Beacon Gunnery Sgt. Brian Jacklin, of 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, will be presented with the Navy Cross Thursday during a ceremony at his unit’s headquarters at Camp Pendleton, California.
Jacklin earned the award for actions carried out June 14, 2012, while serving as an assistant leader of a team conducting village stability operations in the Upper Gereshk valley in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, according to his medal citation.
That morning, the Marine special operations team was in a village compound when it suddenly found itself the target of heavy enemy gunfire. The attack left the team leader and another Marine critically wounded.
“Without hesitation, Gunnery Sgt. Jacklin seized control and orchestrated a counterattack,” his medal citation states.
“Throughout a raging battle all the next day, he provided vital intelligence, tactical assistance and deadly accurate personal fires,” his citation reads. “Throughout 48 hours, he inspired all around him as he led a vicious fight to defeat a determined enemy force.”
Jacklin, originally from Los Angeles, will receive his prestigious award from Maj. Gen. Joseph Osterman, commander of Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, officials said.
Bergdahl alleges he was planning to report what he believed to be problems with “order and discipline” in his unit, a senior Defense official tells CNN. A second official says Bergdahl had “concerns about leadership issues at his base.”
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Marine Embedded Training Team 2-8, Regional Corps Advisory Command 3-7, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, on 8 September 2009. Corporal Meyer maintained security at a patrol rally point while other members of his team moved on foot with two platoons of Afghan National Army and Border Police into the village of Ganjgal for a pre-dawn meeting with village elders.
Moving into the village, the patrol was ambushed by more than 50 enemy fighters firing rocket propelled grenades, mortars, and machine guns from houses and fortified positions on the slopes above. Hearing over the radio that four U.S. team members were cut off, Corporal Meyer seized the initiative.
With a fellow Marine driving, Corporal Meyer took the exposed gunner’s position in a gun-truck as they drove down the steeply terraced terrain in a daring attempt to disrupt the enemy attack and locate the trapped U.S. team.
Disregarding intense enemy fire now concentrated on their lone vehicle, Corporal Meyer killed a number of enemy fighters with the mounted machine guns and his rifle, some at near point blank range, as he and his driver made three solo trips into the ambush area. During the first two trips, he and his driver evacuated two dozen Afghan soldiers, many of whom were wounded.
When one machine gun became inoperable, he directed a return to the rally point to switch to another gun-truck for a third trip into the ambush area where his accurate fire directly supported the remaining U.S. personnel and Afghan soldiers fighting their way out of the ambush. Despite a shrapnel wound to his arm, Corporal Meyer made two more trips into the ambush area in a third gun-truck accompanied by four other Afghan vehicles to recover more wounded Afghan soldiers and search for the missing U.S. team members.
Still under heavy enemy fire, he dismounted the vehicle on the fifth trip and moved on foot to locate and recover the bodies of his team members. Corporal Meyer’s daring initiative and bold fighting spirit throughout the 6-hour battle significantly disrupted the enemy’s attack and inspired the members of the combined force to fight on.
His unwavering courage and steadfast devotion to his U.S. and Afghan comrades in the face of almost certain death reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
A Marine enters the Catholic Church confessional booth.
He tells the priest, “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.”
“Last night, I beat the hell out of a Muslim”
The priest says, “My son, I am here to forgive your sins, not to discuss your community service.”
* General John R. Allen-U.S. Marines Commander
International Security Assistance Force [ISAF] (Nov 2012)
* Major General Ralph Baker (2 Star)-U.S. Army Commander of the Combined Joint
Task Force Horn in Africa (April 2013)
* Major General Michael Carey (2 Star)-U.S. Air Force Commander of the 20th US Air Force in charge of 9,600 people and 450 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (Oct 2013)
* Colonel James Christmas-U.S. Marines Commander 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit & Commander Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Unit (July 2013)
* Major General Peter Fuller-U.S. Army Commander in Afghanistan (May 2011)
* Major General Charles M.M. Gurganus-U.S. Marine Corps Regional Commander of SW and I Marine Expeditionary Force in Afghanistan (Oct 2013)
* General Carter F. Ham-U.S. Army African Command (Oct 2013)
* Lieutenant General David H. Huntoon (3 Star), Jr.-U.S. Army 58th Superintendent of the US Military Academy at West Point, NY (2013)
* Command Sergeant Major Don B Jordan-U.S. Army
143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command (suspended Oct 2013)
* General James Mattis-U.S. Marines Chief of CentCom (May 2013)
* Colonel Daren Margolin-U.S. Marine in charge of Quantico ‘s Security Battalion (Oct 2013)
* General Stanley McChrystal-U.S. Army Commander Afghanistan (June 2010)
* General David D. McKiernan-U.S. Army Commander Afghanistan (2009)
* General David Petraeus-Director of CIA from September 2011 to November 2012 & U.S. Army Commander International Security Assistance Force [ISAF] and Commander U.S. Forces Afghanistan [USFOR-A] (Nov 2012)
* Brigadier General Bryan Roberts-U.S. Army Commander 2nd Brigade (May 2013)
*Major General Gregg A. Sturdevant-U.S. Marine Corps Director of Strategic Planning and Policy for the U.S. Pacific Command & Commander
of Aviation Wing at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan (Sept 2013)
* Colonel Eric Tilley-U.S. Army Commander of Garrison Japan (Nov 2013)
* Brigadier General Bryan Wampler-U.S. Army Commanding General of 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command [TSC] (suspended Oct 2013)
* Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette-U.S. Navy Commander John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group Three (Oct 2012)
* Vice Admiral Tim Giardina (3 Star, demoted to 2 Star)-U.S. Navy Deputy Commander of the US Strategic Command, Commander of the Submarine Group Trident, Submarine Group 9 and Submarine Group 10 (Oct 2013)
* Captain David Geisler-U.S. Navy Commander Task Force 53 in Bahrain (Oct 2011)
* Commander Laredo Bell-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Support Activity Saratoga Springs , NY (Aug 2011)
* Lieutenant Commander Kurt Boenisch-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock Ponce (Apr 2011)
* Commander Nathan Borchers-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer Stout (Mar 2011)
* Commander Robert Brown-U.S. Navy Commander Beachmaster Unit 2 Fort Story , VA (Aug 2011)
* Commander Andrew Crowe-Executive Officer Navy Region Center, Singapore (Apr 2011)
* Captain Robert Gamberg-Executive Officer carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower (Jun 2011)
* Captain Rex Guinn-U.S. Navy Commander Navy Legal Service office Japan (Feb 2011)
* Commander Kevin Harms- U.S. Navy Commander Strike Fighter Squadron 137 aboard the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln (Mar 2011)
* Lieutenant Commander Martin Holguin-U.S. Navy Commander mine countermeasures Fearless (Oct 2011)
* Captain Owen Honors-U.S. Navy Commander aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (Jan 2011)
* Captain Donald Hornbeck-U.S. Navy Commander DestroyerSquadron 1 San Diego (Apr 2011)
* Rear Admiral Ron Horton-U.S. Navy Commander Logistics Group,Western Pacific (Mar 2011)
* Commander Etta Jones-U.S. Navy Commander amphibious transport dock Ponce (Apr 2011)
* Commander Ralph Jones-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock Green Bay (Jul 2011)
* Commander Jonathan Jackson-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 134, deployed aboard carrier Carl Vinson (Dec 2011)
* Captain Eric Merrill-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Emory S. Land (Jul 2011)
* Captain William Mosk-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Station Rota, U.S. Navy Commander Naval Activities Spain (Apr 2011)
* Commander Timothy Murphy-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 129 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island , WA (Apr 2011)
* Commander Joseph Nosse-U.S. Navy Commander ballistic-missile submarine Kentucky (Oct 2011)
* Commander Mark Olson-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer, The Sullivans FL (Sep 2011)
* Commander John Pethel-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock New York (Dec 2011)
* Commander Karl Pugh-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 141 Whidbey Island, WA (Jul 2011)
* Commander Jason Strength-U.S. Navy Commander of Navy Recruiting District Nashville , TN (Jul 2011)
* Captain Greg Thomas-U.S. Navy Commander Norfolk Naval Shipyard (May 2011)
* Commander Mike Varney-U.S. Navy Commander attack submarine, Connecticut (Jun 2011)
* Commander Jay Wylie-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer Momsen (Apr 2011)
* Commander Alan C. Aber-Executive Officer Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 71 (July 2012)
* Commander Derick Armstrong- U.S. Navy Commander missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (May 2012)
* Commander Martin Arriola- U.S. Navy Commander destroyer USS Porter (Aug 2012)
* Captain Antonio Cardoso- U.S. Navy Commander Training Support Center San Diego (Sep 2012)
* Captain James CoBell- U.S. Navy Commander Oceana Naval Air Station’s Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic (Sep 2012)
* Captain Joseph E. Darlak- U.S. Navy Commander frigate USS Vandegrift (Nov 2012)
* Captain Daniel Dusek-U.S. Navy Commander USS Bonhomme (2012)
* Commander David Faught-Executive Officer destroyer Chung-Hoon (Sep 2012)
* Commander Franklin Fernandez- U.S. Navy Commander Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 24 (Aug 2012)
* Commander Ray Hartman- U.S. Navy Commander Amphibious dock-landing ship Fort McHenry (Nov 2012)
* Commander Shelly Hakspiel-Executive Officer Navy Drug Screening Lab San Diego (May 2012)
* Commander Jon Haydel- U.S. Navy Commander USS San Diego (Mar 2012)
* Commander Diego Hernandez- U.S. Navy Commander ballistic-missile submarine USS Wyoming (Feb 2012)
* Commander Lee Hoey- U.S. Navy Commander Drug Screening Laboratory, San Diego (May 2012)
* Commander Ivan Jimenez-Executive Officer frigate Vandegrift (Nov 2012)
* Commander Dennis Klein- U.S. Navy Commander submarine USS Columbia (May 2012)
* Captain Chuck Litchfield- U.S. Navy Commander assault ship USS Essex (Jun 2012)
* Captain Marcia Kim Lyons- U.S. Navy Commander Naval Health Clinic New England (Apr 2012)
* Captain Robert Marin- U.S. Navy Commander cruiser USS Cowpens (Feb 2012)
* Captain Sean McDonell- U.S. Navy Commander Seabee reserve unit Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14 FL (Nov 2012)
* Commander Corrine Parker- U.S. Navy Commander Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 1 (Apr 2012)
* Captain Liza Raimondo- U.S. Navy Commander Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River, MD (Jun 2012)
* Captain Jeffrey Riedel- Program manager, Littoral Combat Ship program (Jan 2012)
* Commander Sara Santoski- U.S. Navy Commander Helicopter Mine Countermeasures
Squadron 15 (Sep 2012)
* Commander Kyle G. Strudthoff-Executive Officer Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (Sep 2012)
* Commander Sheryl Tannahill- U.S. Navy Commander Navy Operational Support Center [NOSC] Nashville , TN (Sep 2012)
* Commander Michael Ward- U.S. Navy Commander submarine USS Pittsburgh (Aug 2012)
* Captain Michael Wiegand- U.S. Navy Commander Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (Nov 2012)
* Captain Ted Williams- U.S. Navy Commander amphibious command ship Mount Whitney (Nov 2012)
* Commander Jeffrey Wissel- U.S. Navy Commander of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 (Feb 2012)
* Lieutenant Commander Lauren Allen-Executive Officersubmarine Jacksonville (Feb 2013)
* Reserve Captain Jay Bowman-U.S. Navy Commander Navy Operational Support Center [NOSC] Fort Dix , NJ (Mar 2013)
* Captain William Cogar-U.S. Navy Commander hospital ship Mercy’s medical treatment facility (Sept 2013)
* Commander Steve Fuller-Executive Officer frigate Kauffman (Mar 2013)
* Captain Shawn Hendricks-Program Manager for naval enterprise IT networks (June 2013)
* Captain David Hunter-U.S. Navy Commander of Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 12 & Coastal Riverine Group 2 (Feb 2013)
* Captain Eric Johnson-U.S. Navy Chief of Military Entrance Processing Command at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, IL (2013)
* Captain Devon Jones-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Air Facility El Centro , CA (July 2013)
* Captain Kevin Knoop-U.S. Navy Commander hospital ship Comfort’s medical treatment facility (Aug 2013)
* Lieutenant Commander Jack O’Neill-U.S. Navy Commander Operational Support Center Rock Island , IL (Mar 2013)
* Commander Allen Maestas-Executive Officer Beachmaster Unit 1 (May 2013)
* Commander Luis Molina-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Pasadena (Jan 2013)
* Commander James Pickens-Executive Officer frigate Gary (Feb 2013)
* Lieutenant Commander Mark Rice-U.S. Navy Commander Mine Countermeasures ship Guardian (Apr 2013)
* Commander Michael Runkle-U.S. Navy Commander of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 (May 2013)
* Commander Jason Stapleton-Executive Office Patrol Squadron 4 in Hawaii (Mar 2013)
* Commander Nathan Sukols-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Jacksonville (Feb 2013)
* Lieutenant Daniel Tyler-Executive Officer Mine Countermeasures ship Guardian (Apr 2013)
* Commander Edward White-U.S. Navy Commander Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (Aug 2013)
* Captain Jeffrey Winter-U.S. Navy Commander ofCarrier Air Wing 17 (Sept 2013)
* Commander Thomas Winter-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Montpelier (Jan 2013)
* Commander Corey Wofford- U.S. Navy Commander frigate Kauffman (Feb 2013)
FOX News Veteran and Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth was on “The Kelly File” to sound off on the order, which reportedly came from the U.S. State Department. “So, we’re surrendering around the world, we’re surrendering our embassy, and now we’re asking U.S. Marines to surrender their dignity, give up oaths that they made, creeds that they live by, and surrender their rifle,” Hegseth said.