How we doing folks!!
Got a really neat feel good story for you today. Retired Navy Seal, Britt K. Sablinski, received the Medal of honor, which is Americas highest military honor. Not even 24 hours ago, by our very own Donald Trump.As Trump placed the medal around the neck of Sablinski in a room full of guest in the White House. Which also included Medal of Honor recipients and also seven operatives who were with Sablinski, in Afghanistan, the early morning of March 4th, 2002.
Trump recapped the events after greeting all the Medal of Honor recipients calling them all “very, very special people.” also that their “names and immortal acts of valor are forever engraved in the memory of our nation.” He then went on to say we must now induct a new name into the most exclusive gathering of heroes.
During the early morning reconnaissance mission and the actions of Sablinski, who was a Senior Chief, on the 10,000 foot snow covered mountain in Afghanistan, called Takur Ghar.
Sablinski, and his operatives were preparing to exit the aircraft on the mountain peak. When the helicopter was hit by machine gun fire and also a rocket propelled grenade from al-Qaida terrorist. One of the members were thrown from the aircraft, before the helicopter and the rest of the team crashed into the mountain below.Sablinski then got word that his fellow operative was thrown from the aircraft but is still probably alive. From there the team had a choice to wait for reinforcements or to immediately return to the enemy stronghold in order to save their fellow operative.
They faced the realization of being outmanned, outgunned and fighting uphill on an icy mountain. Freezing temperatures, extreme winds and a battle at an altitude of the highest in American military history.
I’m sure you can guess what took place as far as their decision…
Sablinski, and his team did not hesitate for a second to go the mountain. Once they did they were met with an onslaught of gun fire. The first thing they had to do was silence those annoying machine guns. Sablinksi, and his team member charged uphill towards bunkers and knocked one out.Sablinski, helped the wounded move to safety from enemy fire. He also engineered a dangerous retreat down a treacherous mountain slope while moving through deep snow. Once they weren’t able to go any further Sablinski, tended to the wounded and coordinated their escape until they were finally evacuated, which did not happen for 14 hours.
The president then called out the seven members of Slabinski’s team present in the audience, along with names of those killed that day, and recognizing many of their families who were also present.
Trump stated, “These were incredible, incredible men and you can be proud that they were in your family.”
Trump relayed Slabinski’s words that the awarding of this Medal of Honor wasn’t an individual award for himelf, but it was recognition of what they did jointly as a team during what Trump called “the Battle of Robert’s Ridge.”
“To Britt and all the men of Robert’s Ridge … through your actions, you demonstrated that there is no love more pure and no courage more great than the love and courage that burns in the hearts of American patriots,” Trump said“We are free because warriors like you give their sweat, their blood and, if they have to, their lives for our great nation.”
Trump concluded his words about Slabiniski, who served for another 12 years in the Navy and who now spends much of this time volunteering with the Navy SEAL Foundation and working with Gold Star families, those who have lost loved ones during the wars.
True definition of a Hard-Charger, we appreciate you and the ultimate sacrifice that was made that very day during the engagement with enemy fighters. You completely and utterly deserve this honorable award.
I speak for everyone when I say, Mr. Sablinski…
Thank you for your service.
Isaac J. Hall II