Colonel Bradley D. Moses, formerly the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Commander, is the only officer involved in the 2017 deadly Niger Ambush to have escaped some form of punishment.
The ambush resulted in the deaths of three Green Berets and one support soldier. The lack of appropriate training has been the main reason cited for the outcome.
The Advanced Operational Base (AOB) commander, a senior captain, had approved the fateful mission’s Concept of Operations (CONOP) because he believed that he had the authority to do so. At the time of the team’s initial mission, no officer higher than the AOB commander was aware that the mission was to find/fix and, if possible, capture a key member of ISIS.
Eight U.S. Army Special Forces members and two-star Air Force Major General Hicks, the Africa Command (AFRICOM) commander at the time, all received punishment as a result of the mission’s outcome. The decisions all focused on training failures before the soldiers deployed to West Africa. Colonel Moses, who was the forward SOC Forward North-West Africa (SOCFWD-NWA) commander located in Baumholder, Germany at the time, somehow slipped through the cracks.