MASTER SGT. JOSHUA WHEELER, THE BEST AND THE BRAVEST
The nation owes an enormous debt to those whose bravery and valor in battle determine the outcome of the struggle for freedom. Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler towers in military circles because he is among the best and bravest. At age 39, Master Sgt. Wheeler died from enemy small arms fire while leading an American force that successfully extricated 70 hostages from an ISIS prison camp in Kirkuk, Iraq on October 22.
Wheeler is a great American hero whose memory should long live among all freedom loving people. In the raid on the ISIS prison camp, Wheeler served as the team leader for the U.S. Army’s Delta Force. Wheeler and 29 other U.S. special operations commandos were assigned to advise 30 Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers. It was the Peshmerga who were to lead the attack on the ISIS prison (American forces were not to participate), but when the Peshmerga failed to mount a successful attack, Wheeler directed his Delta Force team to follow him into battle and ensure that the mission was accomplished.
The Delta Force and Peshmerga fighters were transported to the site via Blackhawk and Chinook helicopters. As Delta Force members stood at the ready, Peshmerga fighters were cut down during the attack by sustained small arms fire coming from the ISIS captors. The Delta Force commandos, led by Wheeler, then stepped forward. A soldier distinguished by repeated acts of heroism in battle, Wheeler “ran to the sound of the guns and stood up,” according to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. Struck down by enemy fire, Wheeler’s bold move helped advance his fellow commandos such that they could breach the compound and ensure a successful outcome to the mission. Wheeler’s act of singular heroism and self sacrifice are extraordinary but entirely in keeping with this soldier’s extraordinary military career.
Wheeler entered the Army in 1995 at the age of 18. His prowess as a fighter led him to rapid rank advancements from infantryman to antitank section leader to Army Special Operations Command. His history in the military is marked by extraordinary bravery and valor in the line of duty. He was deployed 14 times in Iraq and Afghanistan. He received 11 Bronze Stars, including 4 for valor in combat. He never shied away from a conflict and always evinced a model of bravery, cunning, and valor in combat.
As a direct result of Wheeler’s command, U.S. Delta Force commandos secured the safe release of 70 hostages, all Sunni Arabs scheduled for execution that morning by their ISIS captors. Wheeler is an American hero who richly deserves our praise. He has set the precise example of bravery in combat that is essential for our forces to follow in the continuing fight against ISIS. His name will long be remembered in military circles and should be embellished in the minds of all who love freedom. Master Sgt. Wheeler, rest in peace and thank you. We are humbled by your example and grateful to you for paying the ultimate price to ensure the success of liberty.
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The nation owes an enormous debt to those whose bravery and valor in battle determine the outcome of the struggle for freedom. Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler towers in military circles because he is among the best and bravest.