Read the Beforeitsnews.com story here. Advertise at Before It's News here.
Profile image
Story Views
Now:
Last hour:
Last 24 hours:
Total:

Medal of Honor Monday: Navy Master Chief Britt Slabinski

% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.


CDN – http://www.conservativedailynews.com

By Katie Lange -

March 4, 2002, was a deadly day for American troops on a mountaintop mission in Afghanistan. Several men lost their lives, but two earned the nation’s highest honor for their bravery and leadership. One of them was Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Britt Slabinski, a SEAL.

Slabinski grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts, and was a high achiever from the start, becoming an Eagle Scout at 14. He immediately joined the Navy after graduating high school in 1988 and wanted to become a SEAL — something he made a reality two years later. During his 25 years in the Navy, Slabinski deployed 24 times — 15 of which were combat assignments for operations supporting the war on terror.

In the early morning of March 4, 2002, Slabinski found himself on one of those deployments in Afghanistan. The then-senior chief was leading a reconnaissance team onto the top of Takur Ghar, a 10,000-foot snowy mountain, to set up a post where they could report on the movement of al-Qaida terrorists. But as their insertion helicopter went to land, it was hit by an enemy rocket-propelled grenade. Slabinski’s SEAL teammate, Petty Officer 1st Class Neil Roberts, fell out onto the enemy-infested mountaintop shortly before the chopper crashed in the valley below.

Without hesitating, Slabinski boarded another helicopter and led his remaining teammates back up the mountain to save Roberts, despite the overwhelming number of enemy fighters entrenched at the top.

Through heavy snow and machine gun fire, the second chopper was able to land safely. Slabinski and Air Force Tech Sgt. John Chapman immediately charged an enemy bunker, killing the insurgents inside and taking it for themselves.

The gunfire continued from a second location 60 feet away. Slabinski and Chapman took aim at that bunker, charging back into a hail of gunfire to attack it and other enemy positions. But more of their teammates were getting wounded, and they were running low on ammunition, so they needed to look for cover elsewhere.

Slabinski led the team to a more defensible position, where he radioed in for reinforcements and close-air support while helping his wounded teammates.

Their position started getting hit with fire again, so they were forced to move further down the mountainside. Slabinski led the survivors across rough terrain, carrying one of his seriously wounded teammates through waist-deep snow. He continued to call in for support as the enemy kept firing on them.

It took 14 hours for the team to be extracted. While they waited, Slabinski continued to fight and helped stabilize the injured men on his team. His dedication, bravery and tactical leadership through this arduous assault made him worthy of the nation’s highest award for valor.

But it took 16 years for him to get it. He was initially awarded the Navy Cross for his actions before it was upgraded to the Medal of Honor.

In a ceremony at the White House on May 24, 2018, President Donald J. Trump put the medal around Slabinski’s neck. The former SEAL was quick to give credit to the men who lost their lives: Roberts, who fell out of the helicopter; Chapman, who joined Slabinski on that last push up the mountain; as well as Air Force Senior Airman Jason Cunningham, Army Cpl. Matthew Commons, Army Sgt. Bradley Crose, Army Spc. Marc Anderson and Army Sgt. Philip Svitak.

“This Medal of Honor belongs to the seven Americans killed in action on that mountain top: Neil, John, Phil, Marc, Matt, Brad and Jason,” Slabinski said during the White House ceremony. “They gave all, for all of us. This honor is yours, for you are the true heroes.”

That August, Chapman’s Air Force Cross was posthumously upgraded to the Medal of Honor for his role in their defense at Takur Ghar.

Slabinski continued his Navy career for many more years, retiring in 2014. He now works for himself and raises his son, who followed his footsteps to become an Eagle Scout.

Learn more about Slabinski’s actions and his recollections from that time here.

This article is part of a weekly series called “Medal of Honor Monday,” in which we highlight one of the more than 3,500 Medal of Honor recipients who have earned the U.S. military’s highest medal for valor.

Source: Department of Defense

Content created by Conservative Daily News is available for re-publication without charge under the Creative Commons license. Visit our syndication page for details.

Medal of Honor Monday: Navy Master Chief Britt Slabinski is original content from Conservative Daily News – Where Americans go for news, current events and commentary they can trust – Conservative News Website for U.S. News, Political Cartoons and more.

CDN – http://www.conservativedailynews.com



Source: https://www.conservativedailynews.com/2019/01/medal-of-honor-monday-navy-master-chief-britt-slabinski/


Before It’s News® is a community of individuals who report on what’s going on around them, from all around the world.

Anyone can join.
Anyone can contribute.
Anyone can become informed about their world.

"United We Stand" Click Here To Create Your Personal Citizen Journalist Account Today, Be Sure To Invite Your Friends.

Please Help Support BeforeitsNews by trying our Natural Health Products below!


Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at https://mitocopper.com M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 888-388-7003 or online at https://www.herbanomic.com M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 888-388-7003 or online at https://www.herbanomics.com M - F 9am to 5pm EST


Humic & Fulvic Trace Minerals Complex - Nature's most important supplement! Vivid Dreams again!

HNEX HydroNano EXtracellular Water - Improve immune system health and reduce inflammation

Ultimate Clinical Potency Curcumin - Natural pain relief, reduce inflammation and so much more.

MitoCopper - Bioavailable Copper destroys pathogens and gives you more energy. (See Blood Video)
Oxy Powder - Natural Colon Cleanser!  Cleans out toxic buildup with oxygen! 
Nascent Iodine - Promotes detoxification, mental focus and thyroid health.
Smart Meter Cover -  Reduces Smart Meter radiation by 96%!  (See Video)

Immusist Beverage Concentrate - Proprietary blend, formulated to reduce inflammation while hydrating and oxygenating the cells.

Report abuse
Loading...

    Comments

    Your Comments
    Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

    MOST RECENT
    Load more ...

    SignUp

    Login

    Newsletter

    Email this story
    Email this story

    If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

    If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.