New Chief of Space and Missile Defense Commits Suicide Before Starting New, Highly Demanding Job

major-general-john-rossi[Two-star general committed suicide days before he was to take charge of US space and missile defense]

“The unit’s mission was to plan and conduct system diagnostic monitoring, vulnerability assessments, data integrity studies and quality control of U.S. military satellite communications in support of U.S. Central Command.”–PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colorado

Army Activates New Battalion for Space, Missile Defense Operations

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The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command has held an activation ceremony for the organization’s 1st Space Battalion, 1st Space Brigade.

Army said Thursday Lt. Col. Bryan Shrank, 1st Space Battalion commander, has entrusted Maj. John Bierce to care for and lead the unit as the first company commander and Sgt. 1st Class Wade Parker formally assumed the role of company first sergeant.

“There was no question Maj. Jack Bierce and 1st Sgt. Wade Parker are the absolute right team to stand up this organization, and I know they will do an amazing job,” said Shrank.

U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command conducts space and missile defense operations in support of U.S. Strategic Command’s missions on strategic deterrence, integrated missile defense and space operations.

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