President Trump presented the Medal of Honor to one of our heroes today.
Britt Slabinski was awarded the Medal of Honor for leading a dangerous mission into Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks.
WASHINGTON – Six months after the 9/11 attacks, then-Senior Chief Petty Officer Britt Slabinski led a seven-man Navy SEAL Team Six unit to set up an observation post in eastern Afghanistan atop a 10,000-foot mountain known as Takur Ghar, to support U.S. forces in the valley below battling Al Qaeda in an operation known as Anaconda.
In the ensuing battle, seven Americans would be killed.
Thursday afternoon at the White House, President Trump presented Slabinski with the Medal of Honor for his actions – getting wounded team members off the mountain and directing devastating close-air-support against the enemy.
But not everyone in the military’s close-knit special operations community sees it that way. Many in the Army’s elite Delta Force and 75th Ranger regiment claim Slabinski left a man behind on the mission and made a pivotal mistake by landing his team so close to the objective.
In an extensive sit down interview with Fox News before the ceremony, Slabinski defended his actions.
“I was going to land at another location and make my movement on foot to the top of the mountain, but there were other changes that forced me to adapt my plan that forced me to go to the top of the mountain,” he told Fox News three days before receiving the Medal of Honor.
Asked why he needed to fly directly to the objective, Slabinski said there were delays beyond his control and he was ordered to do so.
“I was told I needed to be in position by sunup and that’s what I did,” he said.
Slabinski receives the prestigious Medal of Honor from President Trump.
Even our first lady congratulated the American hero.
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