Six months after the 9/11 attacks, then-Senior Chief Petty Officer Britt Slabinski led a seven-man Navy SEAL Team Six unit to set up an observation post in eastern Afghanistan atop a 10,000-foot mountain known as Takur Ghar, to support U.S. forces in the valley below battling Al Qaeda in an operation known as Anaconda.
Many in the Army’s elite Delta Force and Ranger regiment claim Slabinski left a man behind on the mission and made a pivotal mistake by landing his team so close to the objective.
Asked if he thought Chapman survived after his team left the mountain, Slabinski replied: “That wasn't what I experienced.
After pulling his team back from beyond enemy gun fire, Slabinski heard the rotor blades of a quick reaction force coming in to rescue his team, the same spot where two helicopters had already been shot.
Pentagon officials tell Fox the Navy put Slabinski's Medal of Honor recommendation forward after hearing the Air Force nominated Chapman.