“When you are in the military, some things are second nature. Being on a combat deployment and being in kinetic situations back to back, [it] became second nature. I can’t even say I thought about it when I did it. The training definitely took a big role.”
With the sun shining high, the Georgians tactically made their way through the village. They spoke with locals and kept a watchful eye for any threats, such as possible improvised explosive devices or weapons caches. After they patrolled through the entire compound, the Georgians hosted a shura for the village.
Patrolling between a tree line and a row of buildings, Staff Sgt. Timothy Williams and his squad heard the sharp cracks of rifles and immediately realized they were being ambushed. Outnumbered and under heavy enemy fire, Williams, a section leader with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, found himself relying on his instincts and training to protect himself and his Marines.
As announced by the Department of State, due to the deteriorating security situation in South Sudan, today (3 January), the United States has further reduced staffing at the Embassy in Juba.