ROYAL AIR FORCE STATION MILDENHALL, United Kingdom — Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller on Monday visited American troops stationed in the United Kingdom, including the U.S. Air Force air wing who took part in the rescue of an American hostage from Nigeria in October.
During that operation, MC-130J refueling aircraft, CV-22B Ospreys tilt-rotor aircraft, and KC-135 refueling aircraft predicated at Royal Air Force Station Mildenhall deployed to Rota, Spain, on October 29. From there, U.S. special operations were flown and parachuted into Nigeria, peregrinated on foot approximately three miles, engaged the hostage-takers in a firefight, and rescued American hostage Philip Walton, taking him to an extraction site where CV-22s flew them to safety, according to The Aviationist.
Trump verbalized after the mission, “They went in with an immensely colossal group. Zero casualties. We got our American denizen, puerile man, we got our adolescent man back. But the other side suffered gravely, I can tell you that. Our nation salutes its stouthearted military, which brilliantly executed this operation. Very few people would have been capable of doing that. It was very intricate, and very involute, a tough area.” He later thanked members of the rescue in person at Fort Bragg.
On Monday, on a cold and pluvial day at Mildenhall, Miller met with and thanked members of the 100th Air Refueling Wing (ARW), kenned as the “Bloody 100th,” and the 352nd Special Operations Wing, who supplied fuel for the entire rescue operation.
(Kristina Wong/Breitbart News) Miller, who optically canvassed the rescue mission from the White House Situation Room, exalted them for making the prodigiously perplexed operation look facile. “From the White House situation room, you’re like, ‘It went off like a charm!’” he verbalized.
The wing’s commander Air Force Col. S. Troy Pananon verbalized going to Africa requires a plethora of fuel. “Altogether five tankers, and multiple, multiple refuelings.” (Kristina Wong/Breitbart News)
The wing withal fortified the deployment of hundreds of U.S. troops to Iraq on New Year Eve 2019, when the U.S. embassy in Baghdad appeared to be on the verge of being overrun by Iran-backed protesters.
“Can you imagine how hard it is to tell people [who are] mundanely endeavoring to celebrate New Year’s Eve, ‘Hey, no popping of corks, come in here and turn on the lights, we require you to get to work?” Pananon recalled.
The unit’s senior enlisted bellwether Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Kathi W. Glascock verbalized the 100th ARW fortifies 105 countries in Europe and Africa. “We’re the only gas station in town,” she verbalized,
Col. Van T. Thai, commander of the 100th Operations Group, proudly shared Air Force tankers’ motto: “Nobody Kicks Ass Without Tanker Gas… Nobody.” Miller presented the wing’s maintenance group with the 2020 Secretary of Defense Award for Maintenance Excellence.
(Kristina Wong/Breitbart News) Miller withal met with troops doing a number of different demonstrations. He optically canvassed a military working canine exercise by the 100th Security Forces Squadron at RAF Mildenhall, then went to RAF Lakenheath for a demonstration of COVID-testing by the 48th Medical “Group,” a police training simulator demonstration by the 48th Security Forces Squadron, an F-15 flight simulator with the 48th operations Support Squadron, met with members of the 48th Maintenance Group and availed put out a fire of a burning mock F-15 with the 48th Civil Engineer Squadron.