Special Forces Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, received the Silver Star award. The award was presented by Maj. Gen. John Deedrick, commanding general of the 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne). In a press release the Army stated that Wright is being recognized “for his valorous actions on that day.”
When U.S. and Nigerien troops were attacked on October 4, 2017, Wright was killed “trying to rescue a wounded comrade who eventually died,” the Times reported in a 2018 article.
Sgt. La David T. Johnson was awarded the Silver Star, and Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black and Sgt. 1st Class Jeremiah W. Johnson received the Bronze Star with “V” device.
The Wright family stated while an investigation into the attack couldn’t bring back their loved one, it could “help to educate and prepare future operators to better combat our enemies. … War is hell, and even the best laid plans go to the wayside when the first bullet flies.”
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