US Navy SEAL Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque
” We honor, twenty-eight-year-old US Navy SEAL Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque who gave of his life yesterday so that another American he and his team were saving from the hands of terrorists in Afghanistan, could live in freedom. His life and sacrifice will never be forgotten.”
” The U.S. Navy SEAL killed on Sunday during a hostage rescue operation in Afghanistan is Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, a decorated combat veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Monday.
Checque was a member of SEAL Team Six, the special operations unit that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan last year, though it was not immediately clear if he took part in that raid.
Checque, who was from Monroeville, Pa., and stationed in Virginia Beach, Va., joined the military in 2002, and has been part of Naval Special Warfare Command since 2008, according to the DoD.
He was awarded a Bronze Star and two other awards for combat valor. “
… in ‘green on blue’ Afghanistan attack
” Two British soldiers have been shot dead by a man wearing Afghan police uniform in what appeared to be the latest “green on blue” attack where a rogue member of the Afghan forces has killed his allies.
The soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles were shot dead at a police checkpoint in Helmand province.
British and Afghan officials confirmed the killer wore police uniform, but it was not immediately clear if he was a genuine member of the force, or an insurgent fighter in disguise. The killer fled and was last night being hunted. “
“Rickenbacker International Airport hummed with excitement as tearful family members greeted 235 Ohio Army National Guard soldiers from all over the state, including many from Southwest Ohio.”
An email from a friend . Please keep these Marines and their families in your thoughts and prayers . They gave all , we can surely give some .
“We are asking everyone to say a prayer for “Darkhorse” 3rd Battalion 5th Marines and their families. They are fighting it out in Afghanistan & they have lost 9 marines in 4 days.
IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE the message spread if more could pass it on. Nothing in the media about these guys because no one seems to care: *Justin Allen, 23, Brett Linley, 29, Matthew Weikert, 29, Justus Bartett, 27, Dave Santos, 21, Chase Stanley, 21 Jesse Reed, 26, Matthew Johnson, 21, Zachary Fisher, 24, Brandon King, 23, Christopher Goeke, 23, Sheldon Tate, 27 . All are Marines that gave their lives for YOU this week. Please Honor THEM by forwarding this. I just did. ”
God bless them and their families .
This is a bittersweet subject that had never crossed my mind . On reflection it seems such an obvious thing but I have to admit , somewhat shamefully that I’ve never given any thought to American soldiers donating organs . It is just another of the many ways that the American GI , through their sacrifice improves the world . Read it with a dry eye , I dare you .
“Since 2006, about 140 European lives have been saved because organs — hearts, lungs, livers, kidneys and pancreases — were harvested from 36 U.S.servicemembers determined to be brain dead from wounds suffered in Iraq or Afghanistan, according to statistics from the German foundation that oversees organ removal and implantation.
All casualties from combat funnel through the U.S. Army’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany for care before being flown to the USA.
The window for removing, transporting and transplanting organs is narrow given the viability of organs, making it difficult for them to be used in the USA, says Insel Angus, a Landstuhl intensive care nurse involved in these cases.
Troops who are brain dead from head wounds arrive on a ventilator. Even with ventilator support, key organs last for only 24 to 36 hours, says Joel Newman, a spokesman for the German foundation’s USA counterpart, the United Network for Organ Sharing.”