viaU.S. Army Top Enlisted is avid about hand-to-hand combat, including fighting ISIS with shovels Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/19/2018 | C Garland

Posted: January 19, 2018 in Uncategorized

viaU.S. Army Top Enlisted is avid about hand-to-hand combat, including fighting ISIS with shovels
Am Shooting Journal ^ | 1/19/2018 | C Garland

Posted on 1/19/2018, 9:19:48 AM by w1n1

The Pentagon’s top enlisted service member has a penchant for hand-to-hand combat, a fact brought to light in recent comments vowing that U.S. troops would defeat its enemies by “shooting them in the face” or in close-quarters combat with shovels.

Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell, senior enlisted adviser to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, issued the warnings to the Islamic State on Facebook and Twitter this week, telling them they have two options — surrender or die.

Senior defense officials have issued similar threats to ISIS in Iraq and Syria, as well as Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, but Troxell’s evocative language seems to have caused a stir online and in the media.

“If they choose not to surrender, then we will kill them with extreme prejudice, whether that be through security force assistance, by dropping bombs on them, shooting them in the face, or beating them to death with our entrenching tools,” Troxell wrote in a Facebook post published Tuesday. “Regardless, they cannot win, so they need to choose how it’s going to be.”
A photo of what appears to be Troxell holding an entrenching tool with its blade bent to 90 degrees accompanied the post. The photo seems to have been taken at a holiday USO show, where Troxell issued a similarly blunt promise. Read the rest of the hand-to-hand combat with shovels here.

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