SANTA CLAUS, Ga. — Arnold Wright figures he has been to at least 20 ceremonies to honor his son, a soldier who was killed in Niger 18 months ago. The funeral at the high school football stadium. A stop on the rostrum of the Georgia House of Representatives. A memorial at Fort Bragg, N.C.
But Mr. Wright is still stuck in time, trapped between the events of Oct. 4, 2017, and coming to peace with the death of Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright and three other American soldiers whom insurgents ambushed in the brush of western Niger.
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The military has not concluded its reckoning over its largest loss of life in combat in Africa since the 1993 “Black Hawk Down” debacle in Somalia. Its inability to settle questions of accountability and punishment have fueled fury and frustration at the highest levels of the Pentagon and left the families of the four dead soldiers to rely on news reports, rumors, back channels and one another to piece together how the Green Beret unit, Team 3212, came under fire.
“I don’t really have closure because they haven’t really come clean,” Mr. Wright, himself a former soldier, said after a ceremony to dedicate a stretch of Highway 1 in Toombs County, Ga., to his son’s memory.
“They’re procrastinating, thinking this is going to go away, and it’s not going to go away,” Mr. Wright said. “They need to put the full, correct story out.”
American officials have spent the long stretch since the ambush conducting a sequence of reviews — including an investigation that last May found widespread problems with the mission in Niger — and facing internal turmoil over how to recognize valor and punish errors throughout the chain of command.
But while those investigations and debates have played out, families said they had been left to question whether the military had offered them a complete account of the ambush and the decisions that led up to it.
“It wasn’t just the length of time that it’s taken, it’s the major missing pieces even once we were briefed,” said Michelle Black, the widow of Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black. “Now that it’s taken even longer, it just leaves you not trusting that you’ll ever hear the truth.”
Hank Black, Sergeant Black’s father and a retired Marine major, said he had spoken to Sgt. La David Johnson’s wife in recent weeks to discuss plans for a new memorial, but he had not heard from Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson’s parents. Neither family would comment for this article.
On Thursday, the Pentagon’s inspector general cleared Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan of any wrongdoing in an ethics inquiry relates to his former employment at the military contractor Boeing. The internal inquiry had threatened to further delay his decisions on a new review of the punishments in connection with the Niger ambush.
In an email on Friday, Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, a Pentagon spokesman, said Mr. Shanahan’s “goal here remains to culminate this review as thoroughly and expeditiously as possible and with the greatest measure of respect for the families.”
The military’s account of the 2017 ambush has been halting and inconsistent, in public and in private, since the first days after the firefight, when American commanders benignly described the operation as a routine reconnaissance mission. In fact, the 11-member team, working far from base and lacking air support, was ambushed by more than 100 militants aligned with the Islamic State after superior officers changed its mission to one that carried far greater risks.
The ambush — in which four Nigerien soldiers and an interpreter were also killed — and accusations that President Trump offered trite condolences to Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow cast a sudden spotlight on the United States’ operations in Niger, where about 800 American troops were stationed.
The attack prompted the Pentagon to consider scaling back operations in western Africa even before last May, when the military released a summary of Africa Command’s investigation and revealed widespread problems at all levels of the doomed mission.
But the investigation, the subject of a report that runs hundreds of pages and still has not been made public, did not resolve the misgivings that had come to surround the attack.
A Special Operations Command inquiry led to the first wave of punishments in October over botched decisions that left Team 3212 vulnerable to the ambush. Jim Mattis, a retired Marine general who at the time was the defense secretary, quickly lashed out at his subordinates because the Army had focused its official ire on junior officers, allowing higher-ranking commanders to go unpunished.
Late last month, Mr. Shanahan told Congress that he had ordered a new review of punishments linked to the episode so that he could “ensure, from top to bottom, the appropriate accountability.”
Word of Mr. Shanahan’s new examination startled the dead soldiers’ relatives, who had not been told of another delay. Asked why the Pentagon had not notified the families of the review before Mr. Shanahan’s testimony, a Defense Department spokesman, Charles Summers, replied, “I don’t know,” and did not provide additional explanation.
The Blacks and the Wrights have long harbored fears over an absence of accountability, especially among senior officers who oversaw operations in West Africa.
In January 2018, roughly three months after the ambush, Maj. Gen. Roger L. Cloutier Jr., who was leading the investigation and was then Africa Command’s chief of staff, briefed the Black family about the circumstances of the attack.
But General Cloutier, now the commanding general for United States Army Africa, left out that Team 3212’s leader, Capt. Mike Perozeni, had pushed back on the change in orders that ultimately led to the ambush. It was not until later, after an article in The New York Times, that the families had learned that Captain Perozeni had warned commanders that the team was ill equipped and was not provided with official intelligence for the operation.
In an interview in Santa Claus, the south Georgia city where Sergeant Wright spent part of his childhood, Mr. Wright said he regretted that he had “unjustly” blamed Captain Perozeni for his son’s death. He lashed out later, though, at what he saw as deceit by military officials.
“The reason it took so damn long was they had to try to fabricate something to try and appease us,” Mr. Wright said as he drove his son’s pickup truck, with Mr. Black in the back seat, to watch a state crew install a sign on Highway 1 in honor of Sergeant Wright. “Nobody could do anything to ease up our pain, but there was no need in growing our anger.”
He added, “The only thing I ever said was, ‘Just tell me the damn truth’ — I knew it was a screwed-up mess or they wouldn’t be dead — and that was too hard for them.”
Mr. Black, who has publicly defended Captain Perozeni, called the ceaseless string of inquiries “a festering wound” for the families.
“We go through the initial grief and agony of all the loss, and then we’re waiting for answers,” Mr. Black said. “Since then, it’s just gone on, between who’s getting punished and who’s not getting punished, and they still haven’t put out what really happened.”
Like the Wrights, the Blacks said that a transparent inquiry was crucial to preventing future tragedies.
“I think for the families it was less about finding a responsible party and more about truth and the actions being taken to fix it,” said Ms. Black, Sergeant Black’s widow. “And that’s not at all what we got.”
“And it’s a shame,” she added.
Relatives who have not been as closely linked to the military’s inquiry said their anguish remains raw.
“I’m 74 — I’m not going to get over this,” Elaine Trull, one of Sergeant Wright’s grandmothers, said after scores of people paid tribute to him at a garland-and-ribbon-decorated building at the corner of Candy Cane and Noel Streets in Santa Claus. “I cry every day.”
Mr. Wright, whose family can trace its military lineage to the War of 1812, said he has good days and bad days as he grapples with his son’s death. There are frustrating ones, too, he said, so much so that he no longer thinks he can suggest an Army career to anyone.
“That’s a result of me understanding that the current integrity level is not where it needs to be,” he said, his tone at once a mixture of firmness, flatness and sadness.
But there is always pride in Sergeant Wright, his “baby” who became a Green Beret and who, some military officials believe, should be considered for the Medal of Honor.
On Tuesday, after he watched several state workers prepare and lift the brown-and-white sign bearing Sergeant Wright’s name, Mr. Wright snapped a picture on his cellphone. Then he hurried to his son’s truck.
He wanted to be the first person to drive past the sign.B:
双色球开奖结果查询【幸】【福】【来】【得】【太】【突】【然】，【邱】【越】【觉】【得】【有】【点】【接】【不】【太】【来】。 【这】【就】【没】【事】【了】？【这】【也】【太】【好】【说】【话】【了】【吧】？【邱】【越】【有】【些】【恍】【惚】，【他】【明】【白】【自】【己】【这】【些】【人】【的】【能】【力】，【就】【是】【一】【些】【普】【普】【通】【通】【的】【飞】【天】【境】【界】【的】【人】，【可】【能】【之】【前】【在】【面】【对】【忍】【冬】【这】【样】【的】【天】【级】【小】【家】【伙】【还】【有】【些】【骄】【傲】，【但】【是】【知】【道】【忍】【冬】【是】【关】【家】【出】【来】【的】【之】【后】，【这】【一】【点】【骄】【傲】【就】【荡】【然】【无】【存】【存】【了】。 【飞】【天】【估】【计】【就】【是】【扔】【给】【关】【家】，【关】【家】
【队】【长】C【看】【着】【眼】【前】【这】【些】【注】【定】【斗】【不】【过】【的】【人】【想】【了】【下】【问】：“【我】【可】【以】【问】【下】，【为】【什】【么】【你】【们】【需】【要】【我】【们】【一】【同】【联】【合】【对】【抗】【人】【类】？【按】【理】【说】【你】【们】【这】【些】【高】【等】【的】【族】【群】【不】【太】【会】【屈】【尊】【降】【贵】【来】【和】【我】【们】【这】【些】【低】【等】【族】【群】【组】【团】【打】【怪】。” “【确】【实】【不】【会】。【但】，【我】【们】【也】【不】【希】【望】【你】【们】【和】【人】【类】【组】【队】。” 【素】【星】【辰】【的】【直】【截】【了】【当】【让】【队】【长】C【即】【欣】【赏】【又】【意】【外】，“【不】【瞒】【你】【们】【说】，【上】【一】【任】
【桃】【宫】【广】【场】【之】【上】，【只】【剩】【下】【四】【大】【花】【族】【的】【人】。 【桃】【族】【储】【秦】【族】【主】，【身】【边】【站】【着】【玉】【仑】，【封】【皇】，【天】【惊】【三】【大】【战】【将】，【广】【场】【周】【围】，【几】【百】【名】【暗】【红】【铠】【甲】【阵】【型】【明】【朗】，【桃】【木】【剑】【在】【手】，【随】【时】【听】【候】【着】【命】【令】。 【而】【在】【众】【多】【的】【桃】【族】【之】【间】，【是】【梨】【族】，【玉】【兰】【族】【和】【樱】【花】【族】【的】【人】。 “【星】【斗】【族】【主】，【你】【可】【是】【教】【出】【了】【一】【个】【好】【女】【儿】！”【储】【秦】【族】【主】【站】【了】【起】【来】，【望】【着】【星】【斗】【族】【主】，
【修】【真】【界】【里】【很】【少】【有】【人】【能】【够】【走】【到】【仙】【尊】【的】【等】【级】，【大】【多】【数】【人】【穷】【极】【一】【生】【才】【勉】【强】【可】【以】【达】【到】【仙】【帝】【下】【品】，【而】【云】【杨】【在】【如】【此】【美】【好】【的】【年】【纪】【能】【够】【有】【所】【收】【获】，【还】【打】【破】【了】【修】【真】【界】【的】【记】【录】，【对】【他】【们】【来】【说】【是】【一】【件】【极】【其】【兴】【奋】【激】【动】【的】【好】【事】。 【玄】【鼎】【真】【人】【知】【道】，【要】【是】【没】【有】【魔】【君】【在】【一】【旁】【帮】【忙】【看】【着】，【云】【杨】【也】【不】【会】【在】【短】【时】【间】【内】【取】【得】【这】【么】【大】【的】【长】【进】，【说】【到】【底】【还】【是】【要】【感】【激】【魔】【君】，双色球开奖结果查询【昔】【时】【屠】【狗】【者】【站】【在】【第】【一】【个】【箱】【子】【面】【前】，【很】【虔】【诚】【的】**【着】，【他】【自】【然】【也】【希】【望】【可】【以】【有】【一】【个】【很】【好】【的】【装】【备】，【毕】【竟】【也】【算】【是】【被】【天】【天】【向】【上】【的】【好】【运】【气】【给】【刺】【激】【了】。 “【瑕】【疵】【的】【试】【做】【铠】【甲】，【还】【不】【错】，【和】【天】【天】【的】【那】【件】【装】【备】【一】【样】，35【级】【的】【黄】【金】【胸】【甲】。【也】【是】【有】【驾】【轻】【就】【熟】【的】。”【昔】【时】【屠】【狗】【者】【一】【脸】【的】【兴】【奋】。“【属】【性】【就】【不】【给】【你】【们】【看】【了】，【这】【是】【咱】【的】【秘】【密】。”【昔】【时】【屠】
【艾】【六】【眼】【前】【是】【白】【色】【城】【堡】【那】【空】【旷】【宏】【伟】【的】【内】【部】，【两】【侧】【的】【旋】【转】【楼】【梯】【盘】【旋】【向】【上】，【延】【伸】【至】【的】【最】【高】【处】【平】【台】，【有】【一】【张】【白】【玉】【色】【的】【宝】【座】，【一】【个】【有】【着】【一】【头】【莹】【白】【色】【头】【发】【的】【女】【人】【正】【坐】【在】【上】【面】。 【她】【平】【静】【地】【坐】【在】【那】，【像】【是】【没】【有】【看】【到】【艾】【六】【一】【样】，【没】【有】【丝】【毫】【动】【作】。 “【如】【你】【所】【愿】，【我】【来】【到】【这】【里】【了】。”【艾】【六】【用】【她】【那】【独】【特】【的】【清】【冷】【嗓】【音】【说】【道】。 “【哦】？【你】【已】【经】
【从】【朱】【洛】【家】【回】【来】，【已】【经】【是】【晚】【上】【十】【点】【了】。 【原】【因】【就】【是】【帮】【朱】【洛】【收】【拾】【好】【后】，【拉】【着】【林】【奕】【去】【吃】【烧】【烤】，【直】【到】【九】【点】【多】【才】【结】【束】。 【本】【来】【想】【洗】【个】【澡】【就】【睡】【觉】【的】，【可】【没】【想】【到】，【刚】【刚】【走】【进】【卧】【室】，【电】【话】【又】【响】【了】。 【无】【奈】【接】【通】，【是】【苏】【莉】，【要】【自】【己】【现】【在】【去】【圣】【城】【魔】【法】【学】【院】【找】【她】，【说】【是】【有】【急】【事】。 【她】【的】【声】【音】【中】【的】【着】【急】【谁】【都】【能】【听】【出】【来】，【所】【以】【林】【奕】【也】【不】【敢】【耽】【搁】