Service & Sacrifice: Facing Danger
A snapshot of the burdens being shouldered by brave U.S. troops and military families around the world.
For the past eight-plus years, The Stream has been reporting on the sacrifices still being made by our nation’s military heroes. Every day, these brave men and women in uniform face enormous danger; not only from terrorist groups, but rogue regimes hellbent on killing Americans.
This week, The Washington Post reported that Iran stooped to a disgraceful new low by hiding weapons and other military equipment in aid shipments that were supposed to help earthquake victims in Syria. The weapons were specifically intended to target American troops stationed in Syria and neighboring Iraq.
“According to the leaked assessment, the military equipment hidden in shipments included small arms, ammunition and drones,” The Hill subsequently reported.
Iran is believed to be behind several recent attacks aimed at U.S. military forces, including a March drone strike in Syria that killed an American contractor and wounded multiple U.S. service members. The news comes as a group of former top diplomats urge President Biden to completely cut off all diplomatic ties with the regime in Tehran.
#Coalition forces worked with @SyrianFree_Army members to conduct operational exercises and validate weapons systems in order to maintain our proficiency and readiness to protect the region.#Al_Tanf #syria #StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/5ZgwRI1yyM
— جيش سورية الحرة (@SyrianFree_Army) May 4, 2023
Meanwhile, the U.S. military mission continues in the Middle East. A report issued late last week by U.S. Central Command said that in April, American troops participated in 25 joint operations with Iraqi troops that resulted in the deaths of nine ISIS terrorists and led to seven being captured.
In Syria, U.S. forces conducted one solo raid against ISIS and ten alongside Syrian Democratic Forces. Those missions led to the deaths of four terrorists and the capture of 21 more ISIS fighters.
Despite terrorists within ISIS and the Iranian regime constantly trying to disrupt their mission, thousands of U.S. troops in the Middle East are doing their duty with bravery and brilliance. Please say a prayer for these American warriors and their worried families here at home.
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More than 100,000 U.S. troops are stationed around Europe amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war. Throughout May and June, a huge joint training exercise known as “Defender Europe” is taking place across the continent.
According to the U.S. Army, the training operation involves 7,000 U.S. troops and another 17,000 from “allied and partner nations.” It is designed to “combat power in Eastern Europe” and “increase lethality of the NATO alliance through long-distance fires.”
Look who came to town… To Latvia for #DefenderEurope, that is, the @MINationalGuard. In fact their TAG, Maj. Gen. Paul D. Rogers, stopped by as well
Did you know the #MIGuard is currently enjoying 30 years as Latvia's State Partner with the @USNationalGuard's #SPP? @US_EUCOM pic.twitter.com/Oc40sSPXh0
— U.S. Army Europe and Africa (@USArmyEURAF) May 11, 2023
As you can see above, a group of National Guard soldiers came all the way from Michigan to train in Latvia this week. We thank these soldiers for their service and pray for their swift and safe return to the great state of Michigan.
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Hundreds of U.S. troops began arriving at our country’s southern border this week ahead of Thursday night’s expiration of the pandemic-era Title 42 policy.
CBS News reported that as of Wednesday, about 550 troops had deployed to the border to “support U.S. Customs and Border Protection by monitoring the border and doing data entry and warehouse support.” The report added that “another 950 troops, largely from the Marines and Army” will be at the border by the end of May.
According to Stars and Stripes, Texas is sending 545 additional National Guard soldiers to our nation’s border with Mexico. They will join an estimated 5,000 Texas National Guard troops already deployed to the area. We thank these brave men and women for their sacrifices.
A group of U.S. military veterans got a nice surprise upon recently returning from an “honor flight” trip. When their plane pulled into California’s Santa Maria Airport, the veterans were enthusiastically greeted by more than 1,000 members of the military, family, friends and supporters.
Thank you to these veterans for defending our country and to this current generation of volunteer warriors for following in their selfless footsteps.
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 Men, Brothers Forever, 8 Seconds of Courage and Fire in My Eyes. Follow Tom on Twitter @TSileo and The Stream at @Streamdotorg.