Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018|1:01 p.m.
WASHINGTON– The Pentagon has quietly stopped calling the release of soldiers to the U.S.-Mexico border “Operation Faithful Patriot,” dropping the name even as countless American forces head to southern Texas, Arizona and California.
According to U.S. authorities, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis directed the department to stop utilizing the name and just describe the mission as military operations on the border. The modification was ordered early today, however no reason was given.
Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesperson, would only state that the department is no longer using the name. However other U.S. authorities stated Mattis didn’t like the name and believed it was sidetracking from the troops’ actual mission, which is in support of the border patrol. The authorities spoke on condition of privacy to describe internal deliberations.
The name hasn’t been formally altered or rescinded, but the Pentagon has actually stopped using it in press releases and documents.
Pentagon officials rolled out the name last month after President Donald Trump bought thousands of active duty troops to the southwest border in action to a caravan of migrant families walking slowly north through Mexico towards the U.S.
. As of Wednesday, more than 5,600 soldiers have actually been deployed to Texas, Arizona and California and are primarily in staging bases. Only about 500 troops are actively supporting operations on the border, and a number of those have actually been setting up coils of razor wire and setting up tents to house U.S. soldiers and border patrol.
The military states it will release an overall of about 7,000 soldiers, however has left open the possibility that the number could grow. Recently, Trump said he would send as lots of as 15,000 troops. There also have actually had to do with 2,100 National Guard troops running along the border for months as part of a different however associated mission.
The Pentagon still has declined to launch any cost quotes for the troop deployment.
The name modification was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.