We get regaled with “A Message for ALL Members of SOCNet.com site from Special Forces Sergeant Major (ret.)” that starts off with
I am writing as a retired Special Forces Sergeant Major. I am also a founding director of Archangel Group, Ltd. and the longtime chairman of the board.
Unfortunately, my opinion is that it should have read the other way around. Read his post for yourself and you’ll see that it should have read as follows
I am writing as founding director of Archangel Group, Ltd. and the longtime chairman of the board. I am also a a retired Special Forces Sergeant Major.
Because, you see, he defends the approach that Mr. Giduck is apparently taking with SOCNETLies in making the personal details of an active Special Forces Master Sergeant public in time of war. Deatils such as where he works, town he lives in, etc. Of course, SOCNETLIes neglects to mention that this MSG also happens to be an awardee of the Silver Star (3rd highest US decoration for valor) and Purple Heart.
Here is his narrative:
NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: Sergeant First Class Jonathan Clouse, United States Army, heroically distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous conduct in the face of the enemy of the United States as the Special Forces Liaison, Marine Special Operations Company H, Special Operations Task Force – 73, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM XII. On 26 June 2008, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan directed that Marine Special Operations Teams ONE and TWO respond to a time sensitive target in Heart Province, Afghanistan. Large rocks and boulders lined the path along the entire route into the restrictive and mountainous target area. Sergeant First Class Clouse was with the forward dismounted element when it began receiving accurate machine gun and sniper fire from the mountainside overlooking its position. With members of the team gravely wounded, Sergeant First Class Clouse provided immediate medical aid to the nearest casualty. Another member of the element received a life-threatening wound, and Sergeant First Class Clouse ran through the kill zone to render further medical attention under heavy machine gun fire that struck the back of his body armor. Ignoring the sustained enemy fire, he provided advanced medical aid to his fallen team member until the casualty succumbed to his wounds. Reacting to the calls for assistance from other wounded, Sergeant First Class Clouse again ran through the kill zone to provide medical attention. As he crossed the kill zone, enemy sniper fire struck his weapon, rendering it unserviceable. Reaching his fallen comrade, he provided desperately needed medical attention and stabilized the wounded individual. From his new position he began directing incoming Close Air Support. His actions became critical in adjusting the impact onto the enemy fighting positions, enabling the element to move the wounded out of the kill zone. After stabilizing four patients with gunshot wounds, Sergeant First Class Clouse again showed disregard for his own safety and helped recover a wounded Afghan National Army Soldier from the kill zone to the medical evacuation platform in time for extraction. His actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military heroism and reflect distinct credit upon himself, the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan, Special Operations Command Central, and the United States Army.
This is the guy that a retired Special Forces SGM is not only hanging out to dry but also defending the process under which it was done? Really? I wonder what SGM Andersoin’s first team sergeant would think about this?
Better yet, I wonder how much money SGM Anderson has made from Mr. Giduck over the years to make him do such a thing…hence, the rewrite above.