U.S. Marines from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton train with soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force in the 12th annual Iron Fist exercise.
Navy Recruit Training Command Graduation
Navy boot camp graduation from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL.
ASHEVILLE, North Carolina WBTV says that when Jason Powell went to the Asheville VA Medical Center in September 2012, he thought he had a bad case of the flu.
The 40-year-old father of three had recently moved to Asheville after finishing a career in the Army that spanned more than two decades.
He left the Army on terminal leave in July but his official retirement date was September 1, 2012, the report says.
Powell and his wife, Jennifer, made the trip to the VA hospital, less than a mile from their new house, before the moving truck had even arrived with their belongings.
More than the flu
What the Powells thought was a case of the flu turned out to be far more serious.
Doctors said Powell had diverticulitis and a small perforation in his bowel. Jason Powell was admitted to the hospital to treat the infection caused by the perforation.
Jennifer Powell said her husband settled in for a hospital stay while she went back to the family’s new home to prepare for the moving truck expected to come the next day.
“He’d be home in, you know, five-to-seven days,” she recalled thinking.
It was the next evening before Jennifer Powell was able to get to the hospital to see her husband. The moving truck had come, her house was now a maze of unpacked boxes. One of her husband’s new co-workers came to the house to watch the kids while Jennifer went to see her husband.
When she arrived at the hospital that night, Jennifer Powell got news she wasn’t expecting from a doctor who had been caring for her husband.
“She bowed her head down and then she looked at me and said, ‘Mrs. Powell, I’m sorry to say but there’s been an issue with your husband. He’s in ICU,’” Jennifer Powell recalled.
Jason Powell had been rushed to the ICU after a nurse realized he had stopped breathing.
Questions about medication, monitoring
Doctors were unsure how long Jason Powell had been left without oxygen because he was not hooked up to any machines that would monitor his oxygen intake.
Powell had been placed on a non-critical floor to be treated for an infection. Even though his vital signs were not being monitored, he was still being prescribed a powerful narcotic known as Dilaudid.
Dilaudid works in a way similar to morphine but is given in smaller doses because it’s much more powerful.
Jason Powell’s medical records show he was prescribed 1mg of the powerful opiate every four hours but was given 4mg on two different occasions.
It was after he had been administered too much Dilaudid that he was found unresponsive and rushed to the ICU, where he later died.
Doctor discloses ‘medication error’
Jennifer Powell had just come to the hospital with her children when they walked in to find a team of doctors and other medical staff working to keep her husband alive.
“I sat my kids down and told them something had happened with dad, we weren’t sure what it was but we needed you to come to the hospital,” she recalled. “There was a handful of people in the room trying to revive him. And I just walked in – I ran in the room and started hollering his name and begging him to wake up.”
Ultimately, Jason Powell died on September 6, 2012; less than a week after officially retiring from the Army.
In the time immediately after her husband’s death, Powell says the ICU attending doctor told her something that still haunts her today.
“He said, ‘Mrs. Powell, I have to tell you, morally and ethically, I need you to know that there was an error in your husband’s care. There was a medication error. Not just once but twice,’” Jennifer Powell recalled.
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri- “Today is Military Appreciation Day in Missouri,” Governor Eric Greitens said in a Facebook post.
“Men and women from towns across our state have committed their lives to service, and it is our duty as a state to have their back. We’re working to make Missouri the best state in the country for veterans. Some of that will be done through policy and legislation, and we’re working tirelessly on programs to help our returning vets and active military here in our state.
Some of it will be done by looking these Missouri warriors in the eye, thanking them for their service, and letting them know that their work is noticed and valued, by their governor and families all over the state.
Today, I got the chance to do that with a Joint Formation of Airmen and Soldiers from the Missouri National Guard Joint Force Headquarters. These are tough, fast, and hardworking men and women from all over our state. There are lots of reasons to be proud of Missouri, but people like the ones I met today are at the top of the list.
Thank you, from the state of Missouri, to all who serve.”
WASHINGTON, District of Columbia (Army News Service, Aug. 3, 2015) — If Soldiers were still unsure of what bad behavior looks like online, the Army clarified it for them in an “All Army Activities” message — commonly called an ALARACT — that went out force-wide last week.
Online misconduct, it says, is “the use of electronic communication to inflict harm. Examples include, but are not limited to: harassment, bullying, hazing, stalking, discrimination, retaliation, or any other types of misconduct that undermine dignity and respect.”
The ALARACT 122/2015, which comes as part of an effort to address Soldier use of social media and other online forms of communication, also defines good behavior online, “electronic communication,” and “online-related incident.”
“The Army Values require that everyone be treated with dignity and respect,” the message reads. “Harassment, bullying, hazing, stalking, discrimination, retaliation, and any other type of misconduct that undermines dignity and respect are not consistent with Army Values and negatively impact command climate and readiness.”
The ALARACT emphasizes commanders’ responsibility to “reinforce a climate where current and future members of the Army team, including Soldiers, Army civilians, contractors, and Family members, understand that online misconduct is inconsistent with Army values.”
The document also said such a climate included an avenue through which “online-related incidents are prevented, reported, and addressed at the lowest possible level.”
In March, the Army’s chief of staff directed the creation of a “tiger team” to address the issue of online misbehavior, including retribution, and to find ways to prevent and respond to harm inflicted through the use of electronic communication.
One goal of the tiger team was to create a reporting system for “online-related incidents” and report those up to senior Army leadership.
Tiger team member Lt. Col. Kay Emerson, who also serves as director of the Army’s Equal Opportunity policy office, said members of the Army staff and command representatives are working now to identify the data fields and reporting requirements for such an online reporting system.
“Once collated, senior Army leadership will have a sight picture of reported online-related incidents and actions taken by commanders in the field,” Emerson said.
The Army is expected to update AR 600-20 in the next published version to address online and social media violations. Emerson said she is currently re-rewriting paragraph 4-19 within AR 600-20 to incorporate the Department of Defense’s drafted policy with the Army’s online conduct efforts.
Section 4-19 of AR 600-20, called “Treatment of persons,” addresses hazing and bullying, as well as command and individual responsibilities in regards to them. Both the regulation and the ALARACT direct Soldiers and Army civilians who experience or witness online misconduct to report it to their chain of command.
Additionally, section 4-19 of AR 600-20 is “punitive” in nature. It authorizes commanders to potentially punish those who are in violation of its direction, making failure to adhere to the Army’s rules for online behavior a punishable offense.
“Soldiers who violate this policy may be subject to punishment under the UCMJ [Uniform Code of Military Justice],” the regulation reads. “Whether or not certain acts specifically violate the provisions of this paragraph, they may be inappropriate or violate relevant civilian personnel guidance.”
Despite new rules and direction in regard to use of social media and other forms of electronic communication, the Army says it doesn’t want to stop Solders from communicating online. Instead, said an Army official, when using electronic communication devices, Soldiers should apply “Think, Type, Post.”
That maxim is summarized as “think about the message being communicated and who could potentially view it; type a communication that is consistent with Army values; and post only those messages that demonstrate dignity and respect for self and others.”
WASHINGTON, District of Columbia—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, on Tuesday sent a letter to President Trump urging prompt clarification of his memorandum implementing a federal hiring freeze as it pertains to Department of Defense (DOD) civilian personnel and support for complete staffing of DOD contracting personnel.
“I appreciate the President’s efforts to reduce the size of the federal government, and I also share his desire to ensure our national security above all else,” Hartzler stated. “That is why we sent this letter. We support the full staffing of DOD contracting offices, whose roles are vital to our national security, and urge clarification of the memorandum to indicate there is no hiring freeze on these personnel.”
Hartzler sent the letter, signed by 18 other Members of Congress, after President Trump’s memorandum, issued January 23rd, froze federal hiring.
The letter highlights readiness issues exacerbated by the uncertainty in implementation of the hiring freeze, including cannibalizing museum aircraft for parts and a 50 percent increase in Marine Corps Class-A aviation mishaps over the last year.
“The impacts on our readiness are increased by restricting the filling of key contracting positions. Their work directly impacts our military’s ability to modernize its equipment and keep its technological edge against a broad range of threats.” Hartzler added.
You can read Hartzler’s letter here.
Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
WASHINGTON, District of Columbia- From the White House, issued on Wednesday, February 1,2017:
Statement by the National Security Advisor
Recent Iranian actions, including a provocative ballistic missile launch and an attack against a Saudi naval vessel conducted by Iran-supported Houthi militants, underscore what should have been clear to the international community all along about Iran’s destabilizing behavior across the Middle East.
The recent ballistic missile launch is also in defiance of UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which calls upon Iran “not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.
These are just the latest of a series of incidents in the past six months in which Houthi forces that Iran has trained and armed have struck Emirati and Saudi vessels, and threatened U.S. and allied vessels transiting the Red Sea. In these and other similar activities, Iran continues to threaten U.S. friends and allies in the region.
The Obama Administration failed to respond adequately to Tehran’s malign actions—including weapons transfers, support for terrorism, and other violations of international norms. The Trump Administration condemns such actions by Iran that undermine security, prosperity, and stability throughout and beyond the Middle East and place American lives at risk.
President Trump has severely criticized the various agreements reached between Iran and the Obama Administration, as well as the United Nations – as being weak and ineffective.
Instead of being thankful to the United States for these agreements, Iran is now feeling emboldened.
As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice.
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Missouri- The mission of Army Counterintelligence is to protect the Army, its employees — both military and civilian; equipment, information, and technology from foreign intelligence services and from international terrorist groups.
Robert Carothers, special agent in charge of the Fort Leonard Wood Field Office, said there is an easier way to understand what they do.
“What we do is catch spies and terrorists,” the retired Soldier said.
They accomplish their mission by investigating matters of national security as they pertain to the Army within Missouri, added Sgt. Shane Orsburne, special agent and NCOIC, Fort Leonard Wood Field Office.
Unlike the Army Criminal Investigations Division, CI is not involved in criminal investigations unless it is a matter of national security.
“Our specific jurisdiction is only national security,” Carothers said. “National security crimes are still crimes, but they are national security.”
When the two-man field office at Fort Leonard Wood is not out “catching spies and terrorists,” they are following-up on calls to the 800.CALL.SPY hotline that pertain to their jurisdiction, advising commanders on threat levels, providing threat briefs for Soldiers, Families and civilian employees who are travelling abroad or providing Threat Awareness and Reporting Program briefings (TARP) to units on post.
Carothers joined CI as a Soldier before retiring and becoming a civilian agent. Orsburne was an infantry Soldier looking for something new. Both special agents found a home within CI, and are looking for Soldiers interested in joining them.
The process to become a special agent starts with an application package that can be found online at https://ikn.army.mil/aps/IKNWMS/Default.aspx?webId=2200.
Story writer Stephen Standifird says requirements to be eligible include the ability to obtain a top secret clearance, be at least 21-years-old upon completion of the school, able to pass an Army Physical Fitness Test, be in compliance with height and weight standards and have a minimum rank of specialist and eligible for promotion to sergeant.
“We are looking for the entry level Soldiers because that is where our need is right now,” Carothers said.
All occupational specialties in the Army are eligible to reclassify to CI, as long as the prerequisites are met. It also helps to be self-motivated and able to interact with different people, Carothers added.
“If you are looking for a challenge and something very unique, this could be the possibility you are looking for,” Carothers said.
Orsburne agreed, saying he spent the first three years as a special agent at Fort Meade, Maryland, in cyber counter intelligence as a digital forensics examiner.
“This is probably one of the most unique career fields in the Army,” he said. “There are so many different opportunities in this career field, it just blew my mind.”
Soldiers wanting more information about CI, or the application process, can call the Fort Leonard Wood office at 573.596.0131, ext. 60598.
Marine SSgt. Adam Gajewski, a crew chief with HMLA-169, fires a GAU-17/A minigun out the side of a UH-1Y Huey during Large Scale Exercise 2016, Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Aug. 18, 2016. LSE-16 simulates the planning, deployment and combat operations of a Marine Expeditionary Force of more than 50,000 military members. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Kyle McNan)
Marines with Marine Light Attack Training Squadron 303 provide close air
support from a UH-1Y Huey helicopter during a training exercise northeast
of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Feb. 12, 2013. The crew of the
UH-1Y fire the GAU-21 .50 caliber machine gun and an M134 minigun at
simulated targets in the California desert. (U.S. Marine motion imagery by Sgt. Chad J. Pulliam) Available in High Definition.
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Missouri- Officials at Fort Leonard Wood say due to anticipated inclement weather, there will be a two-hour delayed reporting for Thursday, Jan. 5, on Fort Leonard Wood forthose personnel who are not critical and/or essential, (as previously identified by their supervisor).
They explain if your normal report time is 7 a.m., you should now report at 9 a.m., or if your normal report time is 8 a.m., you should now report at 10 a.m., etc. Unscheduled leave, also known as liberal leave policy, is in effect. Personnel should contact their immediate supervisor with any questions.
Hospital and doctors’ appointments at the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital prior to 9:30 a.m. are slated to be rescheduled by GLWACH.
All Child Development and School Age Centers on post will open at 7 a.m.
A reminder to parents, please use Child Development Center 615 at 573.596.0210, Child Development Center 408 at 573.596.0182 and School Age Center at 573.596.0239 only as required to perform work-related duties during inclement weather.
For current Fort Leonard Wood road conditions and additional Snow and Ice
Removal information, please call the SNAIR hotline at 573.563.4141.
The SNAIR web site is located at www.wood.army.mil. For current weather