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Why Did A New Army Ranger Allegedly Commit A Gruesome Motel Murder-Suicide?
The Army is actively cooperating with law enforcement in Washington state as they continue their investigation into a newly minted Ranger's alleged gruesome murder and mutilation of a woman in a motel outside Seattle in July, just before he fired on two parked vehicles and fatally shot himself, Stars and Stripes reports.
- Pvt. Krishna Mahadevan-Prasad, a 20-year-old soldier assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, reportedly spent just three minutes on July 24th killing and mutilating a 38-year-old woman in a Renton, Washington, motel room, according to surveillance footage viewed by The Seattle Times.
- A timeline put together by law enforcement indicates that after exiting the motel room, Mahadevan-Prasad walked through a parking lot before opening fire with a rifle and shotgun on two parked cars waiting at the nearby Hood Canal bridge. He narrowly missed the two drivers and two sleeping children, ages 5 and 6, before shooting himself at the entrance to the bridge.
- “We are aware of the incident that occurred July 24th, 2018 in the vicinity of Hood Canal Bridge, and are cooperating with the Washington State Patrol who maintain lead in this investigation,” U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman Lt. Col. Robert Bockholt told Stars and Stripes on Tuesday.
- According to local law enforcement, Mahadevan-Prasad had only been at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for two weeks; he'd completed his One Station Unit Training, Basic Airborne Course, and Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 1 at Fort Benning, Georgia, earlier that month after joining the Army in September 2017.
The grisly details of what exactly happened in that motel room are not public, but according to Stripes, investigators suspect that Mahadevan-Prasad "may have committed other acts of violence" in the past based on what detectives found when they arrived on the scene.
Five people have been indicted in federal court in the Western District of Texas on charges of participating in a scheme to steal millions of dollars from benefits reserved for military members, U.S. Department of Justice officials said Wednesday.
As the military services each roll out new policies regarding hemp-derived products like cannabidiol, or CBD, the Defense Department is not mincing words.
"It's completely forbidden for use by any service member in any of the services at this point of time," said Patricia Deuster, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.
The warning, along with the policies issued recently by the Air Force, Coast Guard and Department of the Navy, comes as CBD is becoming increasingly ubiquitous across the country in many forms, from coffee additives and vaping liquids to tinctures, candies and other foods, carrying promises of health benefits ranging from pain and anxiety relief to sleeping aids and inflammation reduction.
The Navy has fired five senior leaders so far in August – and the month isn't even over.
While the sea service is famous for instilling in officers that they are responsible for any wrongdoing by their sailors – whether they are aware of the infractions or not – the recent rash of firings is a lot, even for the Navy.
A Navy spokesman said there is no connection between any of the five officers relieved of command, adding that each relief is looked at separately.
'We are a people organization' — Army leaders push renewed focus on soldiers amid rise in sexual assaults and suicides
After months of focusing on modernization priorities, Army leadership plans to tackle persisting personnel issues in the coming years.
Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Tuesday at an event with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies that what people can to hear service leadership "talk a lot about ... our people. Investing in our people, so that they can reach their potential. ... We are a people organization."
Two U.S. military service members were killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the Resolute Support mission announced in a press release.
Their identities are being withheld pending notification of next of kin, the command added.
A total of 16 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan so far in 2019. Fourteen of those service members have died in combat including two service members killed in an apparent insider attack on July 29.
Two U.S. troops in Afghanistan have been killed in non-combat incidents and a sailor from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln was declared dead after falling overboard while the ship was supporting operations in Afghanistan.
At least two defense contractors have also been killed in Afghanistan. One was a Navy veteran and the other had served in the Army.