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Congratulations To The Navy For Charging Its Officers With Negligent Homicide
On Jan. 16, the U.S. Navy announced that it has charged five officers under the Uniform Code of Military Justice with negligent homicide, hazarding a vessel, and dereliction of duty in the deaths of 17 sailors who died as a result of the collisions of the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain with commercial ships in 2017. A chief petty officer from the USS John S. McCain has also been charged with dereliction of duty.
These charges follow a range of administrative and non-judicial actions the Navy has taken against those directly involved in the mishaps as well as those in the higher chain of command. For example, the Navy has fired the commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet; the commander of Task Force 70, which includes the aircraft carriers, destroyers, and cruisers in the 7th Fleet; and the commander of the relevant destroyer squadron. In addition, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet has been notified that he will not be nominated to lead U.S. Pacific Command and the Navy has recommended that the senior officer overseeing surface warfare service-wide be removed from his position. This will result in the forced retirement of these senior officers.
Some argue that it would have been better for the Navy to ease out the officers in question, avoiding the spotlight of cross-examination by defense attorneys. Those people think the Navy should have chosen to avoid such scrutiny.
I believe the Navy has taken the right course. I think that this is a courageous decision by the our Navy to demonstrate to all — our political leadership, the American people and, most importantly, all members of the Navy itself — that those who are entrusted with the responsibility for the lives of our sailors will be held accountable for their failure to meet that responsibility.
In my opinion, a publicly announced court-martial proceeding that is open and transparent will have to be fair and will be seen as such. This, combined with the punishment, non-promotion, and forced retirement of others in the responsible chain of command demonstrates that the Navy holds its leaders accountable for their actions.
Electronics Technician 2nd Class Kevin Bushell stands on the bridge of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain. Bushell was killed in the McCain collision.U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Mortensen
Furthermore, I think the Navy should be both praised and emulated by not only the other military services, but all government departments and agencies. While there may be some initial dismay at what conditions inside the Navy contributed to these tragic accidents, I believe the result will be that the Navy and its current leadership will be held in much higher regard across the board. If this causes any fearful Naval officers to retire or resign rather than take command of a ship, then the Navy and our nation will be better for it.
Lin Todd, Ph.D., is a former U.S. Army war planner, Middle East/North Africa foreign area officer and helicopter pilot. He was seconded by the State Department as a Deputy Head of Mission of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia 1997-1999 and served as Deputy Director of the MOD/Joint Staff Office of the Military Stabilization Program in Bosnia in 1996-1997. He also has served as an intelligence officer for DIA, the Joint Staff, and Central Command during Operation Desert Storm.
Exclusive: Video shows Navy SEAL flying drone over body of ISIS fighter shortly after Eddie Gallagher allegedly stabbed him
Shortly after Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher allegedly murdered a wounded ISIS prisoner, about half a dozen of his SEAL teammates watched as one SEAL flew a drone around their compound and hovered it just inches over the dead man's body.
It was yet another ethical lapse for the men of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon, many of whom had just taken a group photograph with the deceased victim after their commander had held an impromptu reenlistment ceremony for Gallagher near the body. Although some expressed remorse in courtroom testimony over their participation in the photo, video footage from later that morning showed a number of SEALs acted with little regard for the remains of Gallagher's alleged victim.
The video — which was shown to the jury and courtroom spectators last week in the trial of Gallagher — was recently obtained by Task & Purpose.
'It just happened' — the Iraq War’s first living Medal of Honor recipient recalls his harrowing fight against 5 insurgents
On Nov, 10, 2004, Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia knew that he stood a good chance of dying as he tried to save his squad.
Bellavia survived the intense enemy fire and went on to single-handedly kill five insurgents as he cleared a three-story house in Fallujah during the iconic battle for the city. For his bravery that day, President Trump will present Bellavia with the Medal of Honor on Tuesday, making him the first living Iraq war veteran to receive the award.
In an interview with Task & Purpose, Bellavia recalled that the house where he fought insurgents was dark and filled with putrid water that flowed from broken pipes. The battle itself was an assault on his senses: The stench from the water, the darkness inside the home, and the sounds of footsteps that seemed to envelope him.
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Mexico has not traditionally used security forces to stop undocumented foreign citizens leaving the country for the United States, and photographs of militarized police catching Central American and Cuban women at the border in recent days have met with criticism.
Mexico is trying to curb a surge of migrants from third countries crossing its territory in order to reach the United States, under the threat of tariffs on its exports by U.S. President Donald Trump, who has made tightening border security a priority.
Packages containing suspected heroin were found in the home of the driver charged with killing seven motorcyclists Friday in the North Country, authorities said Monday.
Massachusetts State Police said the packages were discovered when its Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and New Hampshire State police arrested Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, at his West Springfield home. The packages will be tested for heroin, they said.
Zhukovskyy faces seven counts of negligent homicide in connection with the North Country crash on Friday evening that killed seven riders associated with Jarhead Motorcycle Club, a club for Marines and select Navy corpsmen.