In October of 2019 Maj. Gen. Roger Cloutier Jr. didn’t have the authority to grant a combat patch. He also realized that there hadn’t been a major instance of those in special operations assigned to AFRICOM receiving them. However, attacks against troops were on the rise, and a recent attack repelled by U.S. forces made Cloutier realize it was time for a change. Following an attack that included over a dozen terrorist fighters and three car bombings, Cloutier requested approval to award 56 Combat Action Badges and 70 Combat Infantryman Badges to soldiers who had been engaged in ground combat at the base.
The Crossroads of Special Operations