Trump Goes to Dover to Receive America’s Fallen from Syria Suicide Blast
Four Americans were killed in Manbij, Syria when a suicide bomber detonated his vest near a restaurant. At least 16 people were killed in the blast. The four Americans have been identified. On Saturday, President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan traveled to Dover, Delaware to meet with the families of the fallen and honor them during the dignified transfer of their remains.
Will be leaving for Dover to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2019
Trump told reporters that his meeting with the families “might be the toughest thing I have to do as President.” After he met with them, the President saluted as their remains were transferred.
Information obtained from Military Times
Jonathan Farmer, Green Beret
Army Warrant Officer 2 Farmer, 37, was from Boynton Beach, Florida. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He served six tours of duty including Iraq, and was serving in Operation Inherent Resolve at his passing. He was married, with four children.
His awards included: Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal with “C” Device, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon with one campaign star, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, the Special Forces Tab, the Parachutist Badge and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
Scott Wirtz, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
Scott Wirtz, 42, was a Navy SEAL for 10 years. He was serving with the DIA as a civilian operations support specialist when he died. He had deployed several times, overseeing “human intelligence collection.” He was from St. Louis, Missouri.
His awards included: the SEAL Insignia, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon and Pistol Expert Medal. His DIA awards include the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism.
Shannon Kent, Navy cryptologist Tech
Petty Officer Shannon Kent,35, was assigned to Cryptologic Warfare Activity 66, based out of Fort Meade, Maryland. She is the first female to be killed in combat against ISIS since the US began fighting them in 2014. It was her job to analyze signals intelligence.
She was a graduate of the Defense Language School, among many others. Her awards included two Joint Service Commendation Medals, The Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, an Iraq Campaign Medal, a Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and a Joint Service Achievement Medal.
Ghadir Taher, contractor, translator
Ghadir Taher, 27, was an Arabic translator from East Point, Georgia. He was identified on Saturday, so little is known about him yet.