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US Army Trying To Figure Out How Racist Russian Separatist Fighter Enlisted
If you’re a former militant who fought for Russian separatists in Ukraine, has ties to Euro right-wing racist groups, and somehow managed to squirrel your way into the U.S. Army infantry’s divisions, Thomas Gibbons-Neff will find you.
That’s the obvious conclusion from Marine veteran and Washington Post reporter Gibbons-Neff’s big scoop Monday, a story that’s sure to stick in the craw of every poor enlistee who had to beg for a waiver for that questionable spring-break tattoo. Behold the path that led soldier of fortune Guillaume Cuvelier, 29, to basic training at Fort Benning in January:
Born and raised in France as a dual French and American citizen, Cuvelier spent his formative years alongside French ultranationalists before picking up a Kalashnikov in eastern Ukraine in 2014, according to social media posts, a documentary in which he was featured, and accounts from people who knew him. A year later he fought with the Kurdish peshmerga in northern Iraq before coming back to the United States.
Following inquiries by The Post, the military has “begun an inquiry to ensure the process used to enlist this individual followed all of the required standards and procedures,” said Kelli Bland, a spokesman for the U.S. Army’s recruiting command, in an email.
Cuvelier’s Russian-supported insurgent group in Ukraine was targeted for sanctions by the U.S. government — which, Gibbons-Neff points out, means Cuvelier’s activities appear to violate U.S. law, as well as the Army’s prohibition on “extremist views or actions” in enlistees.
But wait, there’s more! Cuvelier “was an active member in the Party of France,” which is a fringe offshoot of the right-wing, anti-immigrant Front National, according to Gibbons-Neff. He “was also part of the neo-fascist group ‘Troisième voie’ and an identity movement called the ‘Young Identitarians,’” which is essentially a rising international millennial white-power movement.
Also, Cuvelier ran with a unit of Russian separatists that named themselves after a Norwegian Nazi black-metal rocker and convicted murderer who was maybe planning to do some more murdering; he has a possible connection to a Russian officer implicated in the shootdown of Malaysian Airlines MH-17 in 2014; and the Peshmerga kicked him out of their Iraq camp after “he was accused of beating an American volunteer with a rifle, according to Heloisa Jaira, a Peshmerga medic, who treated the victim.”
And just think: You got shit for putting your foreign-born grandmom down on your SF-86.
Gibbons-Neff reached out to Cuvelier for comment. “By publishing a story on me, you are jeopardizing my career and rendering a great service to anyone trying to embarrass the Army,” the probably-soon-to-be-ex-soldier told the reporter in a text. “My former Russian comrades would love it… so, I please ask you to reconsider using my name and/or photo.”
Yeah, it’s the story that’s embarrassing, bro. Good luck in your future endeavors as this guy.
Two airmen from Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, were killed on Thursday when two T-38 Talon training aircraft crashed during training mission, according to a message posted on the base's Facebook age.
The two airmen's names are being withheld pending next of kin notification.
A total of four airmen were onboard the aircraft at the time of the incident, base officials had previously announced.
The medical conditions for the other two people involved in the crash was not immediately known.
An investigation will be launched to determine the cause of the crash.
Emergency responders from Vance Air Force Base are at the crash scene to treat casualties and help with recovery efforts.
Read the entire message below:
VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Two Vance Air Force Base Airmen were killed in an aircraft mishap at approximately 9:10 a.m. today.
At the time of the accident, the aircraft were performing a training mission.
Vance emergency response personnel are on scene to treat casualties and assist in recovery efforts.
Names of the deceased will be withheld pending next of kin notification.
A safety investigation team will investigate the incident.
Additional details will be provided as information becomes available. #VanceUpdates.
This is a breaking news story. It will be updated as more information is released.
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