Scott A. Wirtz poses for a photo with Stewie while deployed in August 2018. (Photo illustration by Alex Gikas, DIA Public Affairs)
JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING, D.C. — Scott A. Wirtz, a Defense Intelligence Agency civilian, was killed during a terrorist attack in Manbij, Syria, Jan. 16.
When DIA sent out the press release identifying the former Navy SEAL, the photo that accompanied it wasn’t a run-of-the-mill portrait or a generic grip-and-grin shot. No, it was an image of a 42-year-old badass and his dog.
Each time a news agency covered Wirtz’s death, they inevitably used the same photo – a bearded warrior, smiling as he kneels down to pose for a quick shot with man’s best friend.