BILLIE, MICHAEL, GS2

Gas Turbine System Technician
 
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Current Service Status
USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Current/Last Primary NEC
GSE-4125-DDG-51/AOE-6 Class Gas Turbine Electircal Maintenance Technician
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Gas Turbine System Technician
Primary Unit
2008-Present, GSE-4125, USS Dewey (DDG-105)
Previously Held NEC
GSE-4125-DDG-51/AOE-6 Class Gas Turbine Electrical Maintenance Technician
Service Years
1997 - 2010
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Order of the Magellan
Suez Canal
GS-Gas Turbine System Technician
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Order of the Golden Shellback




 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Discharged of the USS Dewey DDG 105 on 30 Sep 2010 and worked for General Dynamics for 6mo. as an Electrician on in the ship yards fabricating cables on the new smart ship install and made the test team for close out on the final installs.
   
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Operation Infinite Reach (Afghanistan/Sudan)
Start Year
1998
End Year
1998

Description
Operation Infinite Reach was the codename for American cruise missile strikes on al-Qaeda bases in Khost, Afghanistan, and the Al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum, Sudan, on August 20, 1998. The attacks, launched by the U.S. Navy, were ordered by President Bill Clinton in retaliation for al-Qaeda's August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed 224 people (including 12 Americans) and injured over 4,000 others. Operation Infinite Reach was the first time the U.S. acknowledged a preemptive strike against a violent non-state actor.

U.S. intelligence suggested financial ties between the Al-Shifa plant and Osama bin Laden, and a soil sample collected from Al-Shifa allegedly contained a chemical used in VX nerve gas manufacturing. Suspecting that Al-Shifa was linked to, and producing chemical weapons for, bin Laden and his al-Qaeda network, the U.S. destroyed the facility with cruise missiles, killing or wounding 11 Sudanese. The strike on Al-Shifa proved controversial; after the attacks, the U.S.' evidence and rationale were criticized as faulty, and academics Max Taylor and Mohamed Elbushra cite "a broad acceptance that this plant was not involved in the production of any chemical weapons."

The missile strikes on al-Qaeda's Afghan training camps, aimed at preempting more attacks and killing bin Laden, damaged the installations and inflicted an uncertain number of casualties; however, bin Laden was not present at the time. Following the attacks, the ruling Taliban allegedly reneged on a promise given to Saudi intelligence chief Turki al-Faisal to hand over bin Laden, and the regime instead strengthened its ties with the al-Qaeda chief.

Operation Infinite Reach, described by historian Timothy Naftali as "the largest U.S. military response to a terrorist attack" since the 1986 bombing of Libya, was met with a mixed international response: U.S. allies and most of the American public supported the strikes, but the targeted countries, Islamic militant groups, and other nations in the Middle East strongly opposed them. The failure of the attacks to kill bin Laden also enhanced his public image in the Muslim world. Further strikes were planned but not executed; as a 2002 congressional inquiry noted, Operation Infinite Reach was "the only instance ... in which the CIA or U.S. military carried out an operation directly against Bin Ladin before September 11."
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1998
To Year
1998
 
Last Updated:
May 21, 2009
   
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