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An Air Force Investigator Was Browsing Reddit And Ended Up Saving An Airman's Life
A special agent for the Air Force recently ended up saving an airman's life — all due to the fact that he was browsing Reddit.
Special Agent Charles Woomer discovered an anonymous post on Reddit on April 24 asking how the military's life insurance policy would pay out if "something" were to happen before he or she separated from the military in less than a week.
Some in the thread were concerned, according to the Air Force. While they couldn't do much other than words, Woomer was able to contact Reddit and Google to track the airman down.
Fortunately, the unidentified airman was found and confronted by his or her leadership at Fort Gordon, Ga., and was taken for treatment at a nearby medical facility. It turned out the airman had run out of his medication from a previous diagnosis of depression.
As the Air Force notes, he or she would have left behind a spouse and two kids.
So what are we to make of this? This story has a happy ending, and I hope, this airman will continue to get the help that he or she needs.
I guess for me, it's that we all can do a small part in creating more of these good stories. If you see something like this on Reddit or Facebook, and you know the person, call them up immediately.
Perhaps they are in a dark place, or just need someone to talk to — and it could be the difference between them keeping on or becoming another sobering statistic.
If you or a veteran you know is in crisis, you can call the Veterans Crisis Line, call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
No motive is yet known for last week's Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard shooting tragedy, which appears to have been a random act of violence in which the sailor who fatally shot two civilian workers and himself did not know them and did not plan his actions ahead of time, shipyard commander Capt. Greg Burton said in an "All Hands" message sent out Friday.
Machinist's Mate Auxiliary Fireman Gabriel Antonio Romero of San Antonio, an armed watch-stander on the attack submarine USS Columbia, shot three civilian workers Dec. 4 and then turned a gun on himself while the sub rested in dry dock 2 for a major overhaul, the Navy said.
"The investigation continues, but there is currently no known motive and no information to indicate the sailor knew any of the victims," Burton said.
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said it had successfully conducted another test at a satellite launch site, the latest in a string of developments aimed at "restraining and overpowering the nuclear threat of the U.S.", state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday.
The test was conducted on Friday at the Sohae satellite launch site, KCNA said, citing a spokesman for North Korea's Academy of Defence Science, without specifying what sort of testing occurred.
Since the Washington Post first published the "Afghanistan papers," I have been reminded of a scene from "Apocalypse Now Redux" in which Army Col. Walter Kurtz reads to the soldier assigned to kill him two Time magazine articles showing how the American people had been lied to about Vietnam by both the Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon administrations.
In one of the articles, a British counterinsurgency expert tells Nixon that "things felt much better and smelled much better" during his visit to Vietnam.
"How do they smell to you, soldier?" Kurtz asks.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Erik Prince, the controversial private security executive and prominent supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, made a secret visit to Venezuela last month and met Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, one of socialist leader Nicolas Maduro's closest and most outspoken allies, according to five sources familiar with the matter.
(Reuters Health) - While army suicides have historically decreased during wartime, that trend appears to have reversed in recent decades, a new study of U.S. records finds.
Researchers poring over nearly 200 years of data found that unlike earlier times when there was a decline in suicide rates among U.S. Army soldiers during and just after wars, the rate has risen significantly since 2004, according to the report in JAMA Network Open.