It is the Spec Ops mentality that is producing these mass-murderers, baby-killers and corpse desecraters. Even worse, this indoctrination of a warrior mentality into average men who are soon released from service, straight into the arms of their loving families, is responsible for a national epidemic of suicidal, trigger-happy, over-medicated veterans upon an unsuspecting public.
1st Special Forces Group – Headquartered at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington
3rd Special Forces Group – Headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
5th Special Forces Group – Headquartered at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) – Headquartered at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
10th Special Forces Group – Headquartered at Fort Carson, Colorado
DENVER – Chief Warrant Officer William Howell was a 15-year ArmySpecial Forces veteran who had seen combat duty all over the world. Sgt. 1st Class Andre McDaniel was a military accountant. Spc. Jeremy Wilson repaired electronics.
They had little in common, other than having served in Iraq with the 10th Special Forces Group based at Fort Carson, Colo. They did not know each other, and they had vastly different duties.
Each, however, committed suicide shortly after returning home, all within about a 17-month period.
The Army says there appears to be no connection between the men’s overseas service and their deaths, and Army investigators found no “common contributing cause” among the three. The fact they were in the same unit is only a coincidence, Special Operations Command spokeswoman Diane Grant said at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Others are not so sure. Steve Robinson, a former Army Ranger and veterans’ advocate, said he suspects there were problems in the men’s unit – namely, a macho refusal to acknowledge stress and seek help.
“It could be that there’s a climate there that creates the stigma which prevents people from coming forward,” said Robinson, executive director of the National Gulf War Resource Center. “The mentality of this particular group seemed to be `Ignore what you think and feel and keep doing your job and don’t talk to me about that (expletive) combat stress reaction stuff.’”
Special Forces soldiers specialize in what the Army calls “unconventional warfare” – commando raids, search-and-destroy missions, intelligence gathering. They go through specialized psychological screening. They also undergo rigorous physical training and learn survival techniques and other skills, including foreign languages.
Howell, 36, a father of three, shot himself March 14, 2004 – three weeks after returning from Iraq – after hitting and threatening to kill his wife, Laura.
She said she did not see any warning signs until the night he threatened her.
“You look back every day and think what could I have done different. I can’t think of anything,” she said.
She said she did not know of any connection between her husband and the two other soldiers, and did not know them or their families. But she agreed with Robinson that Special Forces soldiers might have a more difficult time than other military personnel overcoming the stigma associated with seeking counseling.
“My husband would probably see getting help as a weakness,” she said.
101st Airborne Division soldier
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash.
Fort Bragg’s 18th Airborne Corps commander Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick has called for an investigation of the post’s Warrior Transition Battalion following a number of suicides and domestic violence cases, according to the Army Times.
This investigation comes after six suicides and 25 domestic disputes were reported at the North Carolina base over a five-week span, the Times reported, and an emotional Feb. 15 meeting between a dozen wounded soldiers, spouses and others. Those who attended the meeting complained of alleged overmedication and lack of care of soldiers in the transition battalion, the Army Times reported.
Col. Maggie Dunn, 18th Airborne Corps’ inspector general, will conduct the investigation, looking into the policies and procedures of the Warrior Transition Battalion, the Army Times reported.