Service & Sacrifice: Around the World

A snapshot of the burdens being shouldered by brave U.S. troops and military families around the world.

U.S. Army soldiers on a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter deliver supplies to the Turkish relief authorities in Hassa, Turkey, on February 21, 2023.

By Tom Sileo Published on March 3, 2023

Middle East

The selfless men and women of the U.S. military are busy helping Turkey and Syria recover from one of the most devastating earthquakes in recent memory.

In Turkey, the U.S. military recently delivered a field hospital to Incirlik Air Base. Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen spent the past week setting up the medical facility, which “is equipped with an emergency room, two operating rooms and an intensive care unit along with critically needed medical supplies, 100 beds and equipment to ensure the functionality of the hospital,” according to the Department of Defense.

“I am proud of the professionalism with which the team has responded to assist our Turkish allies and friends who are suffering from the earthquake’s devastation,” said U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Andrew Priddy.

In neighboring Syria, the U.S. military is showing compassion to citizens struggling in a war-torn landscape that’s now also been struck by natural disaster. Service members are also busy fighting ISIS which, as The Stream’s Nancy Flory explained earlier this week, might look to capitalize on the tragic earthquake and aftershocks by brutalizing Christians and other innocent civilians. Thankfully, the U.S. military is keeping pressure on the terrorist group.

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In Yemen, “a British navy frigate aided by a U.S. Navy surveillance plane seized anti-tank missiles and other weapons” that are believed to be from Iran, according to Stars and Stripes. The Gulf of Oman raid to confiscate the “illegal” weapons, which was announced by both the United States and United Kingdom on Thursday, took place on February 23.

Please pray for all U.S. military personnel serving in and around the Middle East.


Last week’s Service & Sacrifice column on The Stream focused heavily on the more than 100,000 U.S. military personnel currently stationed in Europe to deter Russia amid its ongoing war against Ukraine. The below image shows U.S. Marines training on their weapons this week in frigid Norway.

A wider armed conflict could erupt in Europe at any moment. Please keep our country’s brave men and women in uniform in your constant prayers.


In Somalia, the U.S. has decided to ramp up military operations against the al-Shabab terrorist group. According to the Associated Press, “61 tons of weapons and ammunition arrived Tuesday in Mogadishu” to be used in the fight against al-Shabab. About 450 American troops are currently serving in Somalia.

In Djibouti, U.S. Army soldiers held a sniper rifle training event, as seen above. While few Americans even realize there are American troops serving in Africa, these warriors and their families need and deserve our ongoing prayers for their safety.

Coming Home

Speaking of the African continent, a group of U.S. Army soldiers recently returned to Alabama after serving a successful deployment to the Horn of Africa.

Military Homecoming

U.S. Army soldiers and military families reunite during a homecoming ceremony at Fort Rucker in Alabama on February 23, 2023.

Welcome home, heroes! Thank you for defending our freedom overseas.


Tom Sileo is a contributing senior editor of The Stream. He is the author of the recently released Be Bold and co-author of Three Wise MenBrothers Forever8 Seconds of Courage and Fire in My Eyes. Follow Tom on Twitter @TSileo and The Stream at @Streamdotorg.

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