Posted tagged ‘Army’

Bombers’ Bodies Photos Condemned

April 18, 2012

According to Defense Secretary Leo Panetta, photos of U.S. soldiers posing with bodies of suspected Afghan insurgents depict behavior that “absolutely violates” U.S. regulations and values.

From CNN:

“This is not who we are, and it’s certainly not who we represent when it comes to the great majority of men and women in uniform who are serving there,” he said.

The two photos published by the paper are among 18 provided by a U.S. soldier who wanted “to draw attention to the safety risk of a breakdown in leadership and discipline,” The Times reported.

The military said an investigation is under way.

WikiLeaks Charge Punishable by Death

March 3, 2011

The Army has notified Bradley Manning, a prime suspect in the WikiLeaks case, that he faces 22 more charges in connection with allegedly downloading secret information from computers in Iraq.

Worst case scenerio? The Death Penalty!

From CNN:

The most serious new charge alleges that he aided the enemy by making this information public. That charge is punishable by death. A news release from the Army said the prosecution team “has notified the defense that the prosecution will not recommend the death penalty,” but technically it is up to the commander overseeing the case to make the final decision about the death penalty.

All told, Manning, a military intelligence analyst from Oklahoma, now faces a total of 34 charges in the case, including:

— Wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the internet

— Theft of public records

— Transmitting defense information

— Transferring classified data onto his personal computer

— Disclosing classified information concerning the national defense.

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot

January 8, 2011

At least 12 people have been shot this morning at a Tucson grocery store. Included in the wounded are Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

The Associated Press is reporting that Giffords has been shot in the head and NPR is reporting that she has died. Until I have a definitive statement, I will assume that Giffords is still alive and I wish only the best for her and her family.

Also shot was Federal Judge John M. Roll. It is being reported that he has died.

The shooter has been identified as Jared Lee Loughner. Still trying to get confirmation of the spelling of his name. But he is 22 years old and it is believed that he unsuccessfully attempted to enlist in the US Army.

From CNN:

Giffords was holding a constituent meeting at the grocery store when the shooting occurred, according to a schedule posted on her website.

Neither Giffords’ condition nor that of any of the other wounded was immediately available. The Democratic source described the situation as “pretty serious.”

The shooting occurred at a Safeway shortly after 10 a.m. MST, according to sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Jason Ogan.

My Brother on National Geographic…

June 8, 2010

I wanted to share some very cool footage of my brother on National Geographic Explorer tonight.

He was interviewed during the episode “Talibanistan” where they took a look at what US soldiers are doing in the region between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In this segment, he is the soldier that you see in the first scene, on the left, with dark glasses on. He’s interviewed multiple times later during the four minute segment.


Nancy Kerrigan’s Father Dies; Brother Charged With Assault

January 25, 2010

According to the Boston Globe, Mark Kerrigan, the 45-year-old brother of Olympic skating star Nancy Kerrigan, has been charged with assaulting their father who was foundĀ  unresponsive in his home and later died.

Crazy! Much worse than the fiasco with Tonya Harding back in the 90’s.

From the Boston Globe:

The brother of Olympics skating star Nancy Kerrigan was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail today, charged with assaulting their father who was found unresponsive in his Stoneham home early Sunday morning and later died, authorities said.

“He [Mark Kerrigan] stated that he wanted to use the phone and his father would not let him,” according to a Stoneham police report filed in court.”He said that he struggled with his father and put his hands around his father’s neck and his father fell to the floor. He said that his father was faking it.”

The death of 70-year-old Daniel Kerrigan remains under investigation, and police said this morning that his son, 45-year-old Mark D. Kerrigan, has not been charged with murder. The cause of death for the elder Kerrigan is undetermined pending an autopsy by the state medical examiner’s office.

Mark Kerrigan pleaded not guilty to all charges and was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail. He was described by his attorney as an unemployed plumber, and an Army veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder who regularly receives counseling.

Single Army Mother Refuses to Deploy, Child Taken Away

November 16, 2009

Military police have arrested Alexis Hutchinson after she failed to show up to deploy to Afghanistan with her unit because she could not find care for her 10 month old son. She reportedly will face criminal charges.

From Mom Logic:

Hutchinson had initially planned to have her 10-month-old son stay with her mother while she was away on the yearlong deployment. Now her mother says she is unable to care for the infant because she is caring for three other relatives with illnesses. The army initially gave her an extension to find someone to take care of her baby after her mother said she could not, but then reneged, saying she would have to deploy immediately. When she did not show up for her flight to Afghanistan, she was arrested and her son was placed in foster care.

Hutchinson’s attorney, Rai Sue Sussman, says Hutchinson does not have any family or friends who can care for the infant, and needs more time to find suitable child care. She also claims the army is forcing her to “make an inhumane choice. She did not have a complete family care plan, meaning she did not find someone to provide long-term care for her child.