In eastern Afghanistan, Air Force Technical Sergeant John Chapman assaults the first bunker while Senior Chief Petty Officer Britt Slabinski, a SEAL team leader, trails behind him. Questions have arisen as to whether the airman was still alive when the SEALs escaped. Illustration by Ryan Inzana U.S. SEAL Team 6 Navy Seals Afghanistan Medal of Honor Update | Editor’s note: Hours after Newsweek published this story, the White House announced that President Donald Trump would award the Medal of Honor to Britt Slabinski.As the pre-dawn twilight crept over an Afghan mountainside, an Air Force commando named Jay huddled in the snow, listening to a distressed voice crackle over his radio, then fade away. Moments later, he says, the voice came again, breaking through the static in little more than an anguished whisper: “This is Mako Three Zero Charlie…. This is Mako Three Zero Charlie….” The same six words, over and over, each time dissipating before Jay could hear anything else.Jay was part of an elite reconnaissance team operating behind enemy lines, and he immediately recognized the call sign and voice. They belonged to his counterpart on another team: Air Force Technical Sergeant John Chapman. From his hidden perch, Jay responded again… Read full this story
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