Oct 23, 2017 Issues: Armed Services

WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) is asking the Department of Defense for answers following the tragic deaths of four Green Berets in Niger earlier this month.  In a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Jones requests specifics on the fatal situation and the future of U.S. military personnel in Africa.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of these brave men,” said Congressman Jones.  “The American people, specifically our military families, deserve to know what is going on when they send their sons and daughters to risk their lives for our country. What was their mission? Why were they not extracted?  These are some of the questions that need to be answered.”

In his letter, Jones references the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, questioning whether or not we have improved our methods of extraction, and reinforcing the need for a quick reaction force.

A copy of the congressman’s letter to Secretary Mattis is attached.

For additional information, please contact Allison Tucker in Congressman Walter Jones’ office at or (202) 225-3415.