Military Connection: Guilty Verdict in Deadly Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stabbing

hillBy Debbie Gregory.

The courtroom at Joint Base Lewis-McChord was filled with 20 year-old Spc. Tevin Geike’s family, friends, and soldiers from his old unit, the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade. Twenty-four year-old Pvt. Jeremiah Hill was also present. Hill was found guilty of murder in the death of Geike.

Geike’s family and Hill’s loved ones watched intently as a six-officer jury sentenced the former Stryker soldier with the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division to 45 years in prison. Hill may be eligible for parole in less than nine years, with credit for time served.

Hill was found guilty of murder without premeditation, which is what saved him from serving life in prison. The jury also found Hill not guilty of obstructing an investigation and involuntary manslaughter.

Geike and Hill encountered one another in the early hours on October 5, 2013. According to the police, the altercation began when someone in the car Hill was in, shouted a racial comment toward Geike and the other white soldiers he was with. Authorities said the soldiers shouted something back, and a group of five black men from the car stopped and surrounded the soldiers.

Hill testified that he stabbed Geike while trying to defend himself from a blade in Geike’s hand, something the Army prosecutors found incredulous.

“Everything (Hill) told you with few exceptions was a lie,” Capt. Patrick Sandys, the Army prosecutor, said.

Sandys argued that Hill stalked Geike from the back, plunged a knife in the younger man’s upper left chest, and injured his own hand when his thumb slipped on the blade. This claim countered Hill’s explanation that Geike held a blade that slashed Hill’s right hand before Hill stabbed Geike with his left hand.

Defense attorney Capt. Austin Fenwick maintained that Hill’s story was the most accurate description of what happened in the moments leading up to Geike’s death.

Fenwick cast the six witnesses who testified this week as misleading. He charged that Geike’s buddies wanted to honor their friend while the soldiers who were with Hill that night gave the jury self-serving statements.

The Lakewood police recovered three knives from the scene. One was buckled into the victim’s belt. No other witness reported seeing Geike carrying a knife in his hand when Hill approached him.

In a few words to Geike’s family, Hill stood at the defendant’s table and took responsibility for the other soldier’s death.

“You’re not responsible. I am. I’m sorry about the death,” Hill said. “I killed him. There’s nothing to do to take it back.”

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Military Connection: Victims of Ft. Hood Shooting Receive Benefits

Purple Heart

By Debbie Gregory.

November 5, 2009 is a day that will always live in the memory of anyone who was based at Fort Hood. That fateful Thursday, former Maj. Nidal Hasan entered his workplace, the Soldier Readiness Processing Center, and opened fire on its occupants. Hasan was convicted of 13 counts of premeditated murder for the thirteen lives lost that day, and a further 32 counts of attempted murder for the 32 people wounded in the attack.

The victims of the shooting, named the deadliest attack on a U.S. military installation, were awarded the Purple Heart on April 10th.  Now the Army is providing all possible benefits to the victims.

The announcement came from Army Secretary John McHugh, who said, “I intend to ensure that the soldiers receiving the Purple Heart under the expanded criteria also receive all other related benefits for which they are eligible.”

McHugh has ordered the payment of hostile fire pay for those Purple Heart recipients “killed, injured, or wounded” in the attack, as well as combat-related special compensation for retired soldiers whose disability is attributable to an injury for which they were awarded the Purple Heart.

“After making the determination that the victims of the Fort Hood attack are now eligible for the Purple Heart, it seems only right and fair that these soldiers also receive the benefits it traditionally entails,” McHugh said. “That’s why I directed an expedited process to make certain that happens.”

After a years-long battle by the victims and their families in the aftermath of the shooting, McHugh and Congress made a decision to change the medal’s eligibility criteria.

“The Purple Heart’s strict eligibility criteria has prevented us from awarding it to victims of the horrific attack at Fort Hood,” McHugh said in a statement at the time.

The change in critera and eligibility wasn’t only mandated for those involved in the Fort Hood attack. The change  has allowed Pvt. William Long and Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula to each be awarded the Purple Heart. Pvt Long was killed and Pvt. Ezeagwula was severely wounded when Abdulhakim Muhammad opened fire on a Little Rock, Arkansas recruiting station, where the soldiers were standing outside. The two were part of a recruiting program called “hometown recruiting assistance,” under which soldiers tell their stories to potential recruits.

Muhammad was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The Army is continuing to look into whether there are other soldiers previously determined to be ineligible for the Purple Heart who may now qualify under the expanded criteria.

“Now that Congress has changed the criteria, we believe here is sufficient reason to allow these men and women to be awarded and recognized with either the Purple Heart or, in the case of civilians, the Defense of Freedom medal,” McHugh said.

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Military Connection: UofFL Closes Fraternity Over Abuse of Vets

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By Debbie Gregory.

The University of Florida closed a fraternity Tuesday amid allegations that its members hurled drunken insults and spat at a group of disabled veterans at a Panama City Beach resort.

The closing of Zeta Beta Tau’s fraternity comes a week after the school suspended the fraternity, which expelled three of its members, after finding out about their inappropriate behavior. The school previously said it was charging the fraternity with obscene, behavior, public intoxication, theft, causing physical or other harm and damage to property.

According to Linda Cope, founder of the Warrior Beach Retreat, Veterans in attendance were picked on by Zeta Beta Tau members, who also allegedly spit on the Veterans and their service dogs.

“In all of my years, I’ve never seen such debauchery and disrespect,” Cope said, adding that the women accompanying the fraternity men were behaving with an equal lack of respect.

The Warrior Beach group says the frat members were extremely drunk and were urinating on flags, vomiting off of balconies and were verbally abusive over the weekend.

UF President Kent Fuchs said he is saddened and disappointed by the reports, adding, “Our University has always honored, and will always honor, the service of veterans.”

International president of ZBT, Matthew J. Rubins, echoed Fuchs’ sentiments, expressing that he was “absolutely disgusted” by the allegations.

“ZBT has a long history of serving our country, with brothers currently serving in all ranks of the military,” Rubins said. “ZBT will work diligently to demonstrate that the alleged behavior of a few does not represent the values of the many.”

Laurence Bolotin, Executive Director, Zeta Beta Tau International, posted on the fraternity’s website, “We intend to turn this situation into a teachable moment for all ZBT members.”

The University of Florida suspended Zeta Beta Tau on April 24th. And while the UF chapter of the fraternity is effectively shut down, both ZBT and the University of Florida said they intend to further investigate the incident to “fully understand what happened.”

As of now, three members of 128 active members of the fraternity have been expelled, as the school admitted the fraternity was charged with obscene behavior, public intoxication, theft, causing physical or other harm, and damage to property.

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Military Connection: Bringing Down bin Laden

oneillBy Debbie Gregory.

In the military, there is usually a code of conduct to keep missions secret, even when completed. As civilians, we never truly know what happens on most of these missions. But one mission that has always sparked curiosity was the one that brought us the news that Osama bin Laden was dead. Now, the former Navy SEAL who claims to have delivered the fatal blow is speaking out.

Robert O’Neill says he and his team members thought they were going on a suicide mission.

Referring to the actual compound itself, O’Neill said, “… it looked exactly like I thought it would. It was kind of surreal. It was a realization that we are never going to come home, so you might as well take in a few things and remember them and enjoy them.”

But the team would become secretly famous after that night. O’Neill said bin Laden was waiting for him after his team climbed stairs from the second floor. O’Neill recalls being behind another SEAL team member, who fired an initial shot upstairs, encountering two women as they reached the top. The first SEAL shoved them aside, presuming they were about to detonate explosives.

Standing before O’Neill was bin Laden, something he says is a moment that really stuck out.

“Seeing him standing up — being one of the few people to ever see Osama bin Laden alive. It was under night vision, so I could still see the clothes he was wearing, the cap he had on his head and his short gray beard.”

O’Neill says bin Laden said nothing before a bullet tore into his forehead. Two more shots were fired at bin Laden, a precaution to ensure the terrorist was dead.

After hearing bin Laden expel his last breath, the team put him in a body bag, dragged him downstairs and across the grounds to their helicopter. When asked who delivered the fatal shot, O’Neill said it was himself, prompting a teammate to give thanks.

U.S. special operations leaders have been critical of O’Neill for making public comments about the raid, calling them an unseemly quest for attention that is damaging to the Special Forces program.

O’Neill said he expected his decision to speak publicly about the raid, despite a code of silence among Navy SEAL special operations forces, would upset some and bring personal risk to himself. But he said he did not believe he was revealing secrets.

“Yes there’s personal risk but I’ve accepted personal risk before. It’s bigger than me. It’s not about me,” O’Neill said.

O’Neill co-founded a veterans charity, and interest in it has skyrocketed since his name became known. The nonprofit, Your Grateful Nation, is devoted to helping Special Operations troops transition out of the military. O’Neill said that veterans are more nervous about trying to find a job after they separate than they are about going into combat. Charities like Your Grateful Nation help bridge the gap for veterans who need help figuring out their next steps and how to land jobs.

The former Seal will be appearing at a charity poker tournament and private luncheon aimed at helping U.S. Special Forces Veterans in Buford, Georgia on May 2nd.

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Military Connection: Iran Intercepts Ship

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By Debbie Gregory.

A U.S.-flagged ship was intercepted by an Iran Revolutionary Guard naval patrol, the U.S. Navy revealed. In response, the Navy sent a destroyer toward the Persian Gulf on April 28th.

The ship, the Maersk Tigris, with 24 crew members, was intercepted by the Revolutionary Guard Corps patrol boats as it traveled through the Strait of Hormuz. The Iranian forces fired shots across the ship’s bow after its captain declined an order to divert farther into Iranian waters.

After being fired on, the Tigris issued a distress call, prompting the U.S. Navy to direct a destroyer, the Farragut, to the area.

This incident comes on the heels of a similar one on April 25th, when four Iranian naval vessels surrounded the U.S.-flagged Maersk Kensington, also in the Strait of Hormuz. In the past, Iran has threatened to block the strait, a route for much of the world’s oil.

State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke stated that “it’s a key concern of the United States to ensure that sea lanes in the region remain open and safe.”

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said it was “inappropriate” for the Iranians to fire the warning shots. He added that the ship was traveling through Iranian territorial waters that are, by international agreement, open to foreign ships making an innocent passage.

The U.S. Navy has dispatched one maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft to observe and monitor the situation, Warren told reporters.

The crew of the Maersk Tigris container ship is “safe and under the circumstances in good spirits,” according to a spokesperson for Danish shipping company Maersk. It is believed that all of the crew members were Eastern European or Asian

While it has been reported that there are no Americans onboard, the timing of these recent situations couldn’t be worse, as fragile negotiations over reining in Iran’s nuclear ambitions are ongoing.

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Military Connection: Can Women Cut it In Ranger School?

rangersBy Debbie Gregory.

At MilitaryConnection.com, we have been keeping you updated on the opportunities opening to women in the military. We are happy to report on the progress the female warriors undergoing the Airborne Ranger Training Brigade at Fort Benning.

While it isn’t unusual that a class of 399 soldiers started their 62-day course to become  U.S. Army Rangers, what is unusual is that 19 soldiers were women. This is the first time in the 64 year history of Ranger School that women were allowed to train.

After the first four days, there are 184 men and eight women left.

Capt. Marcelle Burroni, an assigned observer/advisor called this event “historic.” For her colleague, Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sun, it was just another day.

“I am an instructor. I am going to instruct whoever they put in front of me just the same,” Sun said.

The training kicked off with “RAP week” or Ranger Assessment Phase, which consisted of candidates meeting the following standard:

  • 49 pushups
  • 59 sit-ups
  • Running 5 miles in 40 minutes or less
  • Six chin-ups

There is no change in standards for women.

Burroni said she was not surprised at the results from the physical assessment and has “no doubt” there will be women successfully complete the course. But for now all eyes are on the women, she said.

“I think the challenge for them is to even show up here,” Burroni said.

That is the challenge for any soldier, Sun echoed.

“It takes a lot of guts to come here and try male or female,” Sun said. “… This is one of the few schools where if you fail, you are out. There is a stigma attached to failure in the Army. If they have the guts to come and try, that is a lot more than I can say for a lot of people,” something Burroni concurred with.

“Not everyone even on the male side of the house has the intestinal fortitude to show up for Ranger School,” she said.

And the statistics don’t lie. Only around 3% of the Army has earned a Ranger tab.

All of the women who started the course had successfully completed a two-week Ranger Assessment Training Course at the Warrior Training Center on Fort Benning.

The training course mirrors the first couple of weeks of Ranger School with the physical fitness test, land navigation and marching.

“The senior leaders of the Army want to set the women up for success, best we could,” Deputy Commandant of the Infantry School Col. William J. Butler said. “We wanted everybody to have a common reference and common framework. That is why we brought all of the women who wanted to come to the course to this pre-Ranger course.”

The most recent test was the Darby Queen, nearly a mile of rolling Chattahoochee County terrain on the far eastern reaches of Fort Benning, presenting 26 obstacles for Ranger School students to navigate.

They will work out of Camp Darby until May 8th, when they will be told if they have met the standards to move to Camp Merrill in the North Georgia mountains. The course concludes at Camp Rudder near Destin, Florida

“We are a long way from whatever decision is made on gender integration in the Army, but this will provide valuable information,” Commandant of the Infantry School Gen. James Rainey said.

Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission, though I be the lone survivor. Rangers, lead the way

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Military Connection: ThanksUSA Offering Scholarships to the Children and Spouses of U.S. Troops

ThanksUSABy Debbie Gregory.

ThanksUSA is on a mission to provide college, technical and vocational school need-based scholarships for the children and spouses of US military personnel.The national nonprofit organization gives the gift of education to America’s troops.

“Ten years after ThanksUSA was launched, we remain committed to helping military families flourish and advance their dreams through education,” ThanksUSA CEO and Chairman Bob Okun said in a press release.

Founded in 2005 by sisters Rachel and Kelsi Okun, ThanksUSA provides need-based scholarships to the children and spouses of service members across all the armed forces, including the reserves. They also give special consideration to families of the fallen and wounded. Over the past decade, the organization has raised more than $10 million, resulting in the giving nearly 3,400 scholarships.

When eight year Rachel and six year old Kelsi saw their neighbor, Colonel Lanier Ward, come back from Baghdad severely injured by an IED explosion, they were touched by the struggles Col. Ward and his family faced during his recovery. They saw an opportunity to thank the children and spouses of our U.S. military by providing them with educational scholarships.

ThanksUSA’s awards are made possible by donations and several campaigns and events throughout the year including; ThanksUSA Treasure Hunt, Jackson Casey Scholarship Fund, Tennis Thanks the Troops, and AthleticDNA.

Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry, a supporter of ThanksUSA’s mission to provide scholarships to our nation’s heroes, became ThanksUSA’s National Spokesperson in 2010.

ThanksUSA is a nonpartisan, charitable effort to mobilize Americans of all ages and gender, as a thank you for their service to the nation. The organization provides college, technical, and vocational school scholarships to the children and spouses of military personnel.

Those looking to apply to the scholarship can apply via the organization’s website, by May 15, 2015.

MilitaryConnection.com is a proud media sponsor for ThanksUSA.

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Military Connection: ThanksUSA Offering Scholarships to the Children and Spouses of U.S. Troops: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: Veteran Job Outlook-Where the Jobs Are

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By Debbie Gregory.

With the jobless rate for veterans last year being at 5.3%, one might wonder where the best place would be to settle down and reduce that percentage even more. Factors making a region more desirable can include low crime rates, modest cost of living, and proximity of medical/VA facilities.

Topping the most recent list of cities with the strongest labor market is Boise, Idaho.  Having Gowen Field Air National Guard Base in the area, Boise knows the high caliber of job candidates in both veterans and military spouses.

“Once you set foot in Boise, you can literally see the growth,” says Sunny Ackerman, Vice President for workforce expert ManpowerGroup’s western division. “Boise’s employment outlook has jumped 10 points since the first quarter of 2015, when it was 22%.”

In a recent survey of 18,000 employers spanning the country, Manpower additionally listed Jacksonville, FL, Grand Rapids, MI, Milwaukee, WI, and Seattle, WA as cities with promising job growth.

Although the jobless rate still remains higher for the veteran population versus civilians, the unemployment rate is certainly easing. This could be due in part to employers being more enlightened as to how skills acquired in the military will translate to the civilian world.  Employers are realizing that military-trained candidates bring a high level of discipline, adaptability, technical skills and integrity to the workforce, and once oriented to the needs of the employer, veterans are proving to be excellent hires.

Cities showing the least growth in Manpower’s survey were Oklahoma City, Youngstown, OH, El Paso TX, and Wichita, KS.

In positioning one’s self to the best advantage for employment opportunities, veterans might benefit from seeking the advice of a good resume writer.  Frequently the job criteria may be perfect for a candidate, but without the resume opening the door, candidates and employers might not make the connection.  Crafting the resume to highlight the desirable skills of the veteran will often avoid placing a candidate in an under-employed environment or a mismatched placement.

Networking is extremely valuable in seeking employment in the civilian workforce.  Quite different from 30 years ago, when one would simply submit an application, networking is often the best way to get a first interview.

Social media sources, such as LinkedIn, are not to be dismissed; the connections one makes through these sources often capture the opportunity before the listing even hits the job boards.

As the positive outlook of employers increases across the country, veterans should be prepared, and are well suited for success.

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Military Connection: Graphic Anti-drone Ads Run on TV

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By Debbie Gregory.

Drones are controversial when used as weapons in the U.S. war against terrorism in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. Military officials defend using the aircraft to combat enemies, and say that every effort is made to limit civilian casualties. Opponents contend the unmanned strikes result in the deaths of countless innocent people, including children.

That’s why a group of military Veterans have taken on the U.S. in this new age argument, running ads to boycott the use of drones. These ads directly ask Air Force operators to stop flying the aircraft.

The commercials are airing this month in Northern California communities near Beale Air Force Base, which is home to the Golden Hawk reconnaissance drones.

At a cost of approximately $6,000 each, the purchasers include the Veterans Democratic Club of Sacramento County and the Sacramento chapter of Veterans for Peace.  In each of the 15-second spots, images of drone operations are seen, with an explosion aftermath of civilians digging through rubble. One ad, which is only being run after 10 p.m., shows images of dead and mutilated children.

Both videos show on-screen messages that read, “Drone killings violate law and morality,” and can also be seen on YouTube. The spots are being shown during popular shows on major cable channels, including AMC, CNN, Comedy Central, ESPN, Fox News, and HGTV.

The campaign began last month in the Las Vegas TV market near Creech Air Force Base, which is home to Predator drones.

Col. Douglas Lee of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing at Beale expressed support for the First Amendment rights of drone opponents “to freely express their opinions.” He added that using unarmed drones saves lives.

“The intelligence we collect provides national leaders strategic information and knowledge resulting in decision advantage, which (helps) ensure our national security.”

Supporters are raising funds so that the ads can be expanded to the Sacramento, New York and New Mexico markets.

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Military Connection: Disaster Relief Sent to Nepal

Nepal

By Debbie Gregory.

When disaster strikes, the United States is usually one of the first nations to step up and offer assistance.

More than 3,600 people have been confirmed dead, with thousands more injured in a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal on April 25th. The death toll is expected to rise, as many remote villages were completely destroyed.

According to the Pentagon, a U.S. military plane has departed from the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, bound for Nepal. Amongst the personnel onboard are a U.S. disaster assistance response team, as well as a Virginia-based search and rescue team. Additionally the plane is carrying 45 tons of cargo.

Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement of condolences Saturday and announced that the U.S. would be joining in the effort to help Nepal recover.

“To the people in Nepal and the region affected by this tragedy we send our heartfelt sympathies. The United States stands with you during this difficult time,” Kerry’s statement reads.

Kerry also announced that the U.S. government is sending an additional $9 million to aid in the relief effort, bringing the total funds sent thus far to $10 million.

Prior to the disaster, more than two dozen Defense Department personnel and a transport plane were in Nepal on a training exercise. All personnel are accounted for.

The earthquake also caused deadly avalanches on Mount Everest, killing at least 17, with more than 200 climbers needing rescue. One avalanche claimed the life of Google executive Dan Fredinburg. Fredinburg was climbing Mr. Everest to raise money for OrphanGift in support of two Nepali orphanages.

The 7.8 magnitude temblor was the country’s worst in 80 years, and was felt as far away as Pakistan, Tibet and Bangladesh. The quake, which struck before noon local time about 50 miles northwest of Katmandu, happened in an area that the U.S. Geological Survey calls one of the most seismically hazardous regions on Earth. Multiple aftershocks, including one registered at magnitude-6.7, followed.

UNICEF has reported dwindling water supplies, power shortages and communications breakdowns in the stricken areas.

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