first published on August 17, 2018 by Will
Just days after being shot in the head by the Taliban in the Sangin district of Helmand province, a targeted Marine has reportedly returned to full duty.
The Marine is part of a 300 man advisor element known as Task Force Southwest that is currently embedded with the 2nd Brigade of the Afghan National Army’s 215th Corps at Forward Operating Base Nolay to train and assist the indigenous troops.
According to a New York Times Report, the Marine was shot in the head while at his guard post, and the bullet “glanced off the Marine’s helmet.” Being present at a few helmet head shots myself, the kevlar was likely crushed in and the troop took a significant knock and possible fragments to his head.
The Marine was put in for a Purple Heart, however, it’s not certain that he will receive the award considering that he was not put even in for a Combat Action Ribbon (CAR) for the same event.
Based on a previous Marine Corps Times article, Marine Commandant Gen. Robert B. Neller went overboard on delivering talking points suggesting that the Marines of Task Force Southwest are not “at the point of contact.”
So even though Marines are getting shot in the head by the enemy, we can deny combat involvement as long as we screw them out of Combat Action Ribbons and Purple Hearts while reiterating that they are merely in an advise and assist role.
The following video is from a separate incident, but gives the viewer an idea of what happens when the kevlar helmet performs as intended.