Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, 39, a Delta Force Member from Roland, Oklahoma, died Oct. 22, in Kirkuk Province, Iraq. Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler died while rescuing hostages. The problem is his family may not receive the benefits of an American hero because it wasn’t considered combat duty. Obama never signed the order, it was signed by Ash Carter, the United States Secretary of Defense. He may not even receive the Purple Heart due to him. This is the game this administration plays with our military, shameful!
Officials said Wheeler was taking part in Operation Inherent Resolve, which freed 70 Arab hostages being held by ISIS.
The fatality marks the first U.S. death from hostile fire in Iraq since a training mission began there in June 2014.
More than 30 U.S. ground troops serving as advisers and five U.S. helicopters participated in what began as a mission to support dozens of Kurdish forces and ended up involving the U.S. forces in what one U.S. official described as “an intense firefight.”
“This operation was deliberately planned and launched after receiving information that the hostages faced imminent mass execution,” Cook said. “It was authorized consistent with our counter-ISIL effort to train, advise, and assist Iraqi forces.”